Winter in Hakuba

Getting an average annual snowfall of 11 metres of snow, Hakuba Nagano has some of the highest snowfall levels in Japan, making it one of the country's premier ski destinations. And with such an expansive terrain, there's a seemingly endless number of slopes for you to carve tracks into - you can explore somewhere new in the valley every day.

SKI AND BOARD HIRE

There are a number of tried and tested places in Hakuba that we would recommend for ski and board hire, and we can advise you on this. Central Snowsports offers a full valet service to and from their store and has a full range of demo skis and boards, touring gear, boot fitting by Masterfit, 300 sets of demos as well as online pre-booking

Rhythm Snow Sports offers a the wide range of ski hire, snowboard hire and retail gear, along with the latest ski and snowboard brands currently on the market. Click here to pre-book your gear online at Rhythm.

So how much is this going to cost? To give you an idea of prices for hire of regular skis, boots and poles for 7 days, the 2015/16 prices are:

Adults  ¥23,000

Child   ¥14,500

Please have cash or a credit card ready when you collect your equipment.

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HAKUBA SKI RESORT LIFT PASSES

The "Hakuba Valley" lift pass is ideal for those that want to experience different resorts within the valley over the course of your stay. It includes access to 11 resorts and covers the shuttle buses to get to them.

Typical prices are:

                Adult        Child

1 day     ¥5,700      ¥3,200

3 day   ¥14,900      ¥8,300

7 day   ¥33,500    ¥18,700

Advantages:

  • All-in-one ticket that can be purchased before you arrive.
  • Valid at all resorts in the valley.
  • No language issues at the ticket booth; just give them the ticket and they will issue you a day pass.

Disadvantages:

  • Still need to get a ticket every day from the ticket office.
  • Not much of a saving on standard day tickets.
  • Once issued, lift passes are non-refundable.

The Hakuba Valley lift pass is valid at the following Hakuba ski resorts. Click on the individual resort links below for general information and lift prices:

TSUGAIKE

IWATAKE

HAPPO ONE

HAKUBA 47

GORYU

SUN ALPINA SANOSAKA

MINEKATA

CORTINA

NORIKURA

KASHIMAYARI

JIGATAKE

INSTRUCTOR

Skiing with an instructor improves confidence and technique and encourages you to make the most of your skiing day. Ski instruction can be arranged at any of the schools in the valley, so please let us know what lessons you would like to take and we can advise you on the best school.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

For adults, children or friends of similar ability it works best to hire a private instructor who will tailor a programme for you or your group. If you book an instructor for a full day or a half day we can arrange for the instructor to pick you up from your chalet. The price for 2 hours of instruction is from ¥18,000, a half day ¥25,000 and a full day ¥50,000.

GROUP LESSONS

As well as the private instructors, we arrange group lessons for all levels. A half-day lesson for adults costs ¥6,000 and for a full day ¥12,000. Group lessons are wonderful for encouraging all levels and are a cheaper alternative to private instruction.

NIGHT SKIING

Night skiing or "Nighta" is available at four of the resorts. (Happo, Goryu, Cortina and Kashimayari) Hours differ per resort, but usually runs until around 21:00.