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Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort

Tsugaike Kogen is a ski resort in Hakuba Valley. It has a huge beginner’s area with wide open runs and minimum pitch. But going higher in the resort will also bring some of the best tree skiing and resort accessed side country in the Hakuba valley. Tsugaike Village is a peaceful Japanese place to stay with limited English. If you want nightlife and western holiday, stay at Happo and visit Tsugaike for the days skiing.


Hakuba Tsugaike has about 800-1680 meters vertical, and 156 hectares of pisted runs. A huge beginner’s area with many chair lifts, 350 meters wide, is on the lower part. This area doesn’t have trees. Greener runs and intermediate slopes are located up the mountain. Trails include 20% advanced (black) 45% intermediate and 35% beginners. 


Tsugaike Kogen is famous for backcountry, riding is allowed in most area’s except for one avalanche prone area. To access this backcountry book a guide through Liquid Snow Tours as conditions can vary and there can be high avalanche risk. 

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Hakuba 47 & Goryu

Hakuba 47 stands for 4 seasons and 7 days and also contains 47 ski runs on the mountain.

Hakuba 47 is interconnected to Goryu Ski Resort. Hakuba 47 has great snow quality and perhaps the best terrain parks in the Hakuba Valley including a half pipe. Slopes at Hakuba 47 are north facing and the resort approx 11 meters every season. For those looking for powder and tree skiing you can sign up to the Bouble Black Diamond club, then ski the trees at Hakuba 47 accessing though wone of the Backcountry gates.




Hakuba 47 ski resort has 6 lifts, a gondola and a fast chair, 80 acres piste terrain, 8 official runs and in combination with the connected Goryu ski area is an excellent size you can spend many days exploring.

Hakuba 47 suits riders of all ability levels. 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced with a variety of blue, green, red and black runs then the backcountry accessible through registering in the “Double Black Diamond Club”. All in all it is a great option for the whole family.

The Snow Park is not too huge but has some big kickers! The terrain park includes a half pipe, rails and is, awesome for those non powder days. 

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cortina trailmap


Cortina often receives twice the snowfall of other resorts in the Hakuba Valley, making it the best resort for snow lovers. It has a relaxed off-piste policy, fun tree skiing, steeper terrain and more snow than other resorts! The only drawback is that Cortina’s “secret” is exposed bringing most of the valley there on a powder day.


The ski area is only 124 acres (50 hectares) of terrain, 17 trails, 503 meters of vertical and 7 lifts. Hakuba Norikura Ski Resort, interlinked with Cortina can be reached through a common lift ticket.

Cortina terrain is closed in a bowl, with the beginner run which is highway wide, through resort’s center then Intermediate and advanced runs off to the sides and crossing through the resort.

The best part for skiers and boarders at Cortina is the tree skiing and off piste. There are a collection of lines that drop in from medium to steep angle. Backcountry is good for stormy weather and side country is easily accessible and some of the best in Japan.

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iwatake trailmap


Iwatake is another ski resort in Hakuba valley with great views, consistent snow, some good in resort tree skiing, some mellow beginner areas and is often more protected on those stormy days.

This ski area is awesome for intermediates and those looking to get away from the crowds. Often on a powder day when Cortina is packed the tree skiing at Iwatake is comparable and there are limited people here. It is located about 10 minutes from the Happo Village and serviced with free resort shuttle buses. On a day skiing at Iwatake make sure you stop in at the Hakuba Brewery located at the base of the resort to try the local Hakuba Pale Ale.






By Japanese standards, Iwatake is medium sized, short vertical of 539 meters and 15 courses. The ski area is divided into a Mountainside and Village side. Mountainside has multiple lifts that meet Mt Iwatake. You can snowboard or ski off the top. It’s not pitchy as other resorts, but is more protected and in our opinion the most underatted resort in Hakuba


Goryu ski resort is 10-15 minute shuttle bus from the Happo area, and interconnected with Hakuba 47. It's moderately sized with 13 lifts and 16 courses (3 chairs, one gondola). The drop is 726 meters and height between 950-1676 meters.

There are 3 skiing areas in Goryu Ski Resort. The Goryu Toomi Zone is for beginner night skiing and runs. Iimori Zone is for intermediate and beginner runs and the Alps-Daira Zone is mostly for intermediates.

The resort is 25% advanced, 40% intermediate, 25% beginner. Goryu has Impressive intermediate terrains, but beginner’s terrain is underrated. It has enough space for beginners to learn at Toomi and Limori zones that go up the mountain.Off-piste skiing at Goryu is strictly disallowed, and while exceptionally enticing, the territories around the avalanche prone side will get your pass pulled by ski patrol.

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Happo One

Happo Village and Happo One Ski Resort located, below it is the skiing hub of Hakuba Japan. Happo One (“On Ay”) is most famous for Hakuba ski resorts. Happo Village has many lodgings, restaurants, shops, transport options and other amenities.


Happo One is a huge resort, it includes 220 hectares and 13 courses of piste terrain. It has a significant 1701 meters vertical drop, and steep pitch, making it the venue for the Winter Olympics slalom in 1998 and ski jumping.



Happo has changed from strictly banning off piste and tree skiing to becoming much more liberal and accommodating. Access to Hakuba’s famous backcountry is often made from the top of the Happo One resort, if this interests you, your Liquid Snow Tours consultant can book you in a ‘Backcountry Tour’ for which we recommend Evergreen Outdoor Sports.


Average snowfall at Happo One is 11 meters per season. Happo’s top is the peak of Hakuba ski areas. Upper areas are located in sub-alpine, not below tree line like the other resorts. High elevation is responsible for quality snow, although maks you exposed to the climate and weather changes. 

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