One of the most famous and largest ski resorts in Japan. With the top of the resort sitting at 1,831 meters above sea level, the views of the Northern Japanese Alps are spectacular.
Mainly catering to intermediate and above level, the resort hosted the down hill events at the 1998 Winter Olympics, putting it on the world stage.
Top to bottom is over 1,000 vertical meters, and the longest course is a whopping 8km long. There are several off piste course open, allowing people to experience back country terrain within the boundaries of the ski resort.
With 4 base areas, access from most parts of Hakuba is quite easy, however the shuttle bus system can be quite convoluted, and it can be easier at times to take a Hakuba Valley Bus rather than the free Happo Shuttles.
The only beginners area is a small area at the Sakka Base. And while there are lessons available in English at Evergreen Ski Academy. we recommend first timers use Iimori slopes at Hakuba Goryu, or Tsugaike Kogen to learn to ski/board, before trying out the more advance slopes at Happo One.