Hakuba Cortina resort review (Otari Village, Nagano)

Reviews of Hakuba Cortina resort in Otari Village, Nagano Prefecture. Currently 22 reviews.
Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by antond on 26th February 2016
Loved it!
I'd heard a lot about Cortina and am probably writing a slightly biased review as it was our only powder day out of 7, however I loved it here.

We'd had rain, ice and spring like conditions at Happo One, 47/Goryu and Tsugaike on the other 6 days. We woke up to snow on Feb 17, which also happened to be my birthday. We made the treck to Cortina from Wadano at Happo One (2 buses) and
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Big Al on 1st February 2015
CORTINA BABY !!!!!
Caught the 07:20 from Happo bus terminal (note for future - get breakfast from Lawson's supermarket for bus ride) and set out for Cortina on a sunny Sunday after heavy overnight snow.

Where to start...... nothing that has been written comes close. This was powder with a capital P!

While it was pretty busy being a Sunday, there was plenty of untracked, uber-deep pow pockets available at least until lunchtime.

QUITE SIMPLY THE BEST POWDER SKIING OF MY LIFE!

Resort is a bit
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 27th January 2015
First come first served!
Well, what can I say about Hakuba Cortina?

By now I'm sure that everybody knows it's the one spot in the Hakuba valley (although it's tecnically in Otari and not Hakuba) that isn't governed in the same militant fashion as the other Hakuba resorts. You are free to go wherever you want and do so at your own risk. Because of this open policy, business is definitely booming at Cortina and on any given powder day the place is absolutely
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by michellemabelle on 16th February 2014
The best in Hakuba!
We were so impressed with Cortina because they are a lot less restrictive on where you can ride. You can ride all through the trees.

Other resorts we have been to in Hakuba area do not let you and take your pass off you if caught, we met plenty of people who had endured this at some point. It was nice to be able to ride all over the place in Cortina and not worry about ski patrol.

Also they
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 9th February 2013
Let's Cortina!
I had heard some good things about Cortina so, with fresh snow forecast, I added an extra day onto my Hakuba trip to check it out.

Based in Happo-one, I took the first (8.50) bus from Happo Information Centre but everyone else had obviously had the same idea and some people couldn't get on the bus! The journey takes about 40 minutes, so you can be on the bottom chairlifts inside an hour of leaving Happo, which isn't bad but
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2011
Hakuba Cortina review by Black Mountain
This resort is definitely a good place to go if you are looking for something different in Hakuba.

Let's start with the bad news first. If you are staying in Hakuba without a car this resort can be a bit of a pain to get to. It's actually in Otari, not Hakuba village and by car takes about 20-25 mins. There are also shuttle buses which take forever or trains. If you are hoping to get first
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 19th January 2011
Hakuba Cortina revoiew by mike bowles
Ventured up to Cortina.

Snowed all day and kept getting heavier making for a great day.

Get the "set" ticket - gives u 1000y for lunch and then entry to hotel onsen.

Sanctioned tree areas allow off piste adventure thru the forests.

Limited lifts means need to plan your run otherwise have to go back to the base and start again.

All up definitely worth a visit if want fresh pow.

Seems to get a fair bit more than happo
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 6th April 2009
Hakuba Cortina review
Had 15cm dump on us on March 31st, so plenty of fresh powder on the 1st.

Cold and cloudy at top in morning, but bottom was fine. Later top cleared and was great as bottom got soft.

Lift tix only 1500/adult, 1000/kids.

Busy at bottom with beginners, but the two lifts were fast so no lines, and access to enough runs to satisfy all
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by waubin on 26th February 2009
Hakuba Cortina review
This resort is well set-up & economical if you stay at the Green Plaza. Walk out the back door & straight to the lifts. The wide & long (just over 1,000 metres) beginner slope is excellent for beginners. Right at the top of the mountain you can choose from: Expert, intermediate or beginner runs. If you really want a long run you can board 5kms!!

The lockers (the big square ones) are cheap 300 Yen (you pay 400 but get 100
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by SnowKobe on 5th March 2007
Hakuba Cortina review
Cortina is a decent size resort with a higher altitude and more shaded exposure than others, so it is a bit cooler and keeps its snow longer.

Lots of novice boarders clogging up the middle, but upper slopes devoid of anyone (on Thurs and Fri). In general fewer skiers as it is the furthest north in the Hakuba range.

A couple pretty challenging slopes (for us at least) at top.

First two mornings were very nice, thanks to a dumping of 20-30cm
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 20th February 2007
Hakuba Cortina review by Shack
Small resort with decent snow.

We missed the weekend crowds, if any, by going Sunday/Monday. The hotel was very nice. Limited slope access from the hotel, one door in the front from the parking lot and one door out the back to the slopes. I spent most of the daytime with my kids on the bunny slope. The remainder of the time was on the steep death runs, it was great. The Hotel was nice, altogether a really good price.
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by timo on 6th March 2005
Hakuba Cortina review by timo
Barely seems to get a mention with the other resorts in Hakuba but if like me you wanna ride in powder all day - forget everywhere else & come here.

An absolute gem of a resort with an endless variety of drop-in spots around the main resort bowl.

Only bummer is the patrol - they are ever present and seem to be out to bust people 24/7.

So long as you mix up where you ride, the deep stuff is there
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Hakuba Cortina

白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
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Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1402m
Min. elevation: 872m
Vertical: 530m
Steepest slope: 42°
Longest course: 3500m
Number of lifts: 7

Location of Hakuba Cortina