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  1. Spectralskier

    A trip to Hakuba and Nozawa

    We are thinking of doing 10 days in Nagano in January. We want to stay in Hakuba and Nozawa but can't quite decide on how to split it up - half/half or a bit more in one place than another. Keen to hear any thoughts on that!
  2. What's your choice of starting base for the Goryu/47 resort and why? Wondering which might be the best to start from. Thanks.
  3. Greetings Can someone please give me a bit of feedback on which ski resort in Hakuba might be best for moguls? Thanks Jeoung
  4. ROnnd

    Hakuba shuttle bus

    My family and I will be visiting Hakuba soon. We'll be getting there by Shinkansen and then bus, and using the shuttle bus around the village. Hoping to check out most of the big skijo in the area. Can't wait. How do people find the main shuttle bus service? Is it always on time and a good service, or do people use transport provided by individual skijo? Cheers
  5. (HAKUBA) Cultural Tours & Experiences Information on Hakuba Sanroku Tours in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hakuba-sanroku-tours
  6. (HAKUBA) Tours Information on Hakuba Sanroku Tours in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hakuba-sanroku-tours
  7. (HAKUBA) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Hakuba 47 Ski Academy International in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hakuba-47-ski-academy-international
  8. Accommodation Information on La Neige Higashikan in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/la-neige-higashikan
  9. Accommodation Information on Hotel Taigakukan in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hotel-taigakukan
  10. Accommodation Information on Hotel Hakuba Hifumi in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hotel-hakuba-hifumi
  11. Accommodation Information on Hakuba Tsugaike Espoir-Misawa in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/otari/espoir-misawa
  12. Accommodation Information on Hakuba Royal Suites in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-royal-suites
  13. Accommodation Information on Hakuba Alps Hotel in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-alps-hotel
  14. Accommodation Information on Gallery & Lodge NOICHIGO in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/gallery-and-lodge-noichigo
  15. Accommodation Information on Country Joe in Otari, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/otari/country-joe
  16. Accommodation Information on Canopy Cortina Lodge in Otari, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/otari/canopy-cortina-lodge
  17. Accommodation Information on Brocken Hutte in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/brocken-hutte
  18. Accommodation Information on Azekura Sanso in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/lodge-azekura-sanso
  19. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the Hakuba Norikura Onsen resort in Otari, Nagano Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hakuba-norikura-onsen
  20. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the ABLE Hakuba GORYU resort in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hakuba-goryu
  21. Hi All, thanks again for your feedback, I've decided on Happo-One Snow Resort so now its just about the hotel, so I'm after hotel close to the lifts with in 5 minute walk, 5 or 10 minute walk to places to eat and close to the ski rentals place, and the odd bar, pub or where the action is, I'm also after a place which has a supermarket for accordable supplies and Post office because I've read getting cash out from your ATM card is very difficult, onsen would be good. also close to the shuttle buses to get to other resorts like 47 and Goryu. Thanks for your advice. also please let me know if there are other things to consider. Cheers Travis
  22. Happo is a resort that I have held a season pass for a couple of times in the past. The resort itself is a little too bumpy for my taste, but the main selling point for me is the easy access to the backcountry from the top Grat Quad lift. I also used to like the ‘High Cascade Park’ that was a feature for a few seasons on the course far skiers left of the resort, served by the Kitaone 3 Pair lift. Unfortunately, that park no longer exists and has been replaced by something called ‘Happo Banks’ at the same spot. So I was a lucky winner of what I think was the first SJ Giveaway of the 2013/14 season. I won a day ticket to use at Happo. Thanks Snow Japan! I ended up using this ticket a little later in the season than I had initially planned, so I apologise for the delay in posting my trip report. Monday, March 31st was a sunny, fairly warm day. I set off from my house at around 8:15am and arrived at the Snow Plaza Sakka number 8 car park a little after 9am. I wouldn’t usually park here, but my plan was to go and check out the Happo Banks park. Getting there from the Adam Gondola would have taken more time and a couple of lifts. Also, I was riding alone and had no intention of hiking the ridge-line above the Grat Quad to ride the BC lines. So I got my ticket and headed to the Sakka Kitaone Quad lift to get me up to the Happo Banks park. The lady at the ticket window told me that it was now impossible to ride back down to the Sakka Plaza area, and I would need to take the lift back down instead. She wasn’t kidding the whole base area looked positively brown with all the bare patches coming through the snow, which was looking very thin on the ground already! Looking around on the lift ride up, it was a similar story most of the way up towards the middle elevation of the resort. The end of March seemed a little early for this kind of melting, but the whole valley had been subjected to some pretty serious rain events the previous week. That coupled with the very mild temperatures had really taken its toll on the base at the lower elevations. I spent the first couple of hours lapping the Happo Banks park on the Kitaone 3 Pair lift. Some of my friends seem to like this park, but I really have no idea what they were trying to achieve with it. It is basically just a series of really low, gentle banks with a few ‘humps’ placed down the centre of the course. The humps have gentle tranny sides, so they can be approached as mellow hips I guess, but basically the whole park is really gentle and kind of boring. I lapped the course a good dozen times I’d say and picked as many lines as I could through it in that time. The snow was slushy and slow, but I was amused enough for a little while at least. I wouldn’t recommend this area for park riders and it is definitely nowhere near as good as the old High Cascade park that it has replaced. I decided to spend the reminder of the day just riding around on course a little higher up the mountain. I rode down to the Skyline 2 Pair lift to get higher up the mountain. The course below the lift was already closed due to lack of snow! The Skyline 2 Pair is possibly one of the slowest lifts around, but it gives you some nice views of the surrounding mountains, especially on a clear day. I decided to go to the top and take a nice long cruiser down as far as I could go. On reaching the station of the Grat Quad lift the wind had really picked up. Riding up the lift it was positively howling! I wasn’t really expecting/dressed for those conditions, but I zipped up all my vents and got on with it. At the top of the Grat Quad, I battled the wind and walked far skiers’ left of the resort area to have a little look down the first big gully ending at the river at the end of the popular BC lines. It was looking sketchy down there and there weren't any groups were hiking up the ridge-line above the lift. From the top of the Grat Quad lift I did a run down the Skyline course, as it the run with the least bumps. The run was basically empty and the snow was much better spring sugar snow than the slush lower down the mountain. I did this run a couple of times, as well as a few of the bumpier runs served by the Alpen Quad and the Happo Tenbo lift, before deciding to call it a day early and head off into the village for lunch. I got back to my car a little after 2pm and went to Tanukis, near Hakuba station for lunch. It was their last day for the season, so I needed one last hamburger there! All in all I had a fun day at Happo. I was a little surprised by how thin the snow was at the bottom and by how windy it was up at the top. Thanks again for the ticket Snow Japan!
  23. Hey guys, I'll be bring a few of my mates to Hakuba this February and I have a few questions about driving. I've driven in snow conditions before here in Australian but they're nothing like the snow fall you get in japan, will a 2WD mini van with snow tires be enough or will I need chains as well? Also, any suggestions on stops we should make along the way from Tokyo?
  24. Happy New Year to all. Im looking for some advice. I am arriving in Tokyo in a couple of weeks with my wife for our first trip to Japan, We have a day of shopping for ski stuff before we head to Hakuba. I have done all my skiing in Australia but never bought my own skis as we live in QLD, no snow. For the cost of rental for a week I have been told that I can purchase skis in Kanda, Tokyo for approx ,the same price, mainly older models on sale. My budget of approx, 18000yen Mostly sticking to the groomed runs , I consider myself a intermediate+ skier (aust snow) but at 54 I wont be getting too adventurous. Never really had any experience with powder our snow in aust is mostly hard and icy. love to give a little off run pow a go and see how the legs cope. I have just bought new Head adapt edge 90 ski boots, and will have them heat molded in aust before I leave. Iam not fussy on the brand of ski. The research on the web have suggested all mountain skis. Iam thinking of a waist of 80mm? length 175cm, based on my height and weight, solid guy..lol Thats all the information I have. Will I be able to rely on the shop staff to suggest the right skis or does any one have a suggestion what I should be looking for To be honest my choice will be based on price, hoping to get a good deal. I plan on returning to Japan after this trip with my 2 sons, I dont think I will ski in Australia after this trip so besides the drama of airports Id like to own my own skis. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. 16 days and counting. Cheers
  25. Does anyone know if there are any Xmas eve parties happening in hakuba tonight?

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