Hakuba Sanosaka (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Sanosaka
白馬さのさか (長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Mid December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018
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Latest report posted at 8:46am on Sunday 25th February 2018
Official snow depth 150cm (0cm) [updated on 25th February 2018]

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Hakuba Sanosaka is located in the southern region of Hakuba village, close to the border with Omachi city. Hakuba Sanosaka used to be the northern part of three interconnected ski resorts, but since the middle area (Sun Alpina Aokiko) closed in 2009, the connection with the still-operating third resort (Kashimayari) is no longer available.

Until autumn 2017 it was unclear if Hakuba Sanosaka would actually be opening for the 2017-2018 season, but a season opening in mid December has been announced - so it looks like it will be opening for the season. It does however appear that only three ski lifts (Number 2 and 3 quads along with the Number 6 pair) will be operating. This ski hill is also not part of the 'Hakuba Valley' ticket for 2017-2018.

Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing (at Hakuba Happo-one), ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. This map shows the ski and snowboard resorts in the main Hakuba region. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Hakuba Sanosaka Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 90cm 20cm 1st 150cm 130cm 1st - 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 90cm 20cm 2nd 150cm 130cm 2nd - 135cm
3rd - - 3rd 110cm 20cm 3rd 150cm 130cm 3rd - 135cm
4th - - 4th 110cm 25cm 4th 150cm 130cm 4th - 135cm
5th - - 5th 110cm 25cm 5th 150cm 130cm 5th - 135cm
6th - - 6th 110cm 30cm 6th 150cm 130cm 6th - 135cm
7th - - 7th 110cm 30cm 7th 150cm 130cm 7th - 135cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 30cm 8th 150cm 130cm 8th - 135cm
9th - - 9th 110cm 40cm 9th 150cm 130cm 9th - 130cm
10th - - 10th 100cm 45cm 10th 150cm 130cm 10th - 130cm
11th - - 11th 105cm 45cm 11th 150cm 135cm 11th - 130cm
12th - - 12th 110cm 50cm 12th 150cm 145cm 12th - 130cm
13th - - 13th 110cm 70cm 13th 150cm 145cm 13th - 130cm
14th - - 14th 110cm 90cm 14th 150cm 145cm 14th - 120cm
15th - - 15th 110cm 100cm 15th 150cm 145cm 15th - 120cm
16th 20cm - 16th 110cm 110cm 16th 150cm 145cm 16th - 120cm
17th 40cm 20cm 17th 110cm 130cm 17th 150cm 145cm 17th - 120cm
18th 50cm 20cm 18th 105cm 130cm 18th 150cm 140cm 18th - 115cm
19th 50cm - 19th 105cm 130cm 19th 150cm 140cm 19th - 110cm
20th 60cm - 20th 105cm 130cm 20th 150cm 140cm 20th - 110cm
21st 60cm 15cm 21st 105cm 130cm 21st 150cm 140cm 21st - 105cm
22nd 60cm - 22nd 105cm 130cm 22nd 150cm 145cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd 70cm 0cm 23rd 110cm 130cm 23rd 150cm 140cm 23rd - 95cm
24th 70cm 20cm 24th 115cm 135cm 24th 150cm 140cm 24th - 90cm
25th 60cm 20cm 25th 125cm 135cm 25th 150cm 140cm 25th - 85cm
26th 60cm 20cm 26th 140cm 135cm 26th - 140cm 26th - 80cm
27th 80cm 15cm 27th 150cm 135cm 27th - 140cm 27th - -
28th 90cm 25cm 28th 150cm 135cm 28th - 140cm 28th - -
29th 90cm - 29th 150cm 130cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 90cm 25cm 30th 150cm 130cm 30th 30th - -
31st 90cm 25cm 31st 150cm 130cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Sanosaka Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski, telemark and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Sanosaka. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children on the slopes. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Easy Park' is located off the Number 3 quad lift. 

Hakuba Sanosaka Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Sanosaka is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Hakuba Sanosaka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior Hight School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 1,500 yen 3,300 yen
Half Day 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 350 yen 250 yen 350 yen
11 Lift Coupons 3,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
Season Ticket 38,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Note that the Hakuba Valley ticket is not valid at Hakuba Sanosaka during the 2017-2018 season.

Getting to Hakuba Sanosaka

By public transport
46.6km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
1.2km from Minami Kamishiro Station on the Oito Line
7.7km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Hakuba Sanosaka is just over 1km from Minami Kamishiro Station on the Oito line. Hakuba Station is less than 8km away.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport

A shuttle bus is available from Minami Kamishiro Station.
By Car
42.5km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
43.1km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
53km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (0.2km away)
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

To get to Hakuba Sanosaka from the central area of Hakuba (near Hakuba Station), turn left at the station onto Route 148. The resort is on the right side, just under 8km from Hakuba station.

Getting to the Hakuba region
There are three main ways to approach the Hakuba region by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).

Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway)
From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.

Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway)
From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.

Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway)
From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
There is parking for over 1000 vehicles close to the base area.

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