Resort Spotlight: Hakuba Cortina (Nagano)

Hakuba Cortina
Otari Village, Nagano Prefecture
Official website

Hakuba Cortina  resort boasts a large natural bowl shape and enjoys the heaviest snowfalls in the Hakuba region every season. Add to that the resorts liberal off-piste policy and you have a serving of powder heaven complete with excellent tree runs on the side!

Cortina has plenty of exciting features to offer, including classy accommodation at the Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba which is located at the base of the ski field. In addition to its family-friendly facilities, riders can ski-in and ski out of the hotel for an easy hassle-free start or end of the day.

Hakuba Cortina is located just to the north of Hakuba village in neighbouring Otari Village and it is easy to get to from all parts of the Hakuba Valley. 

* The most snow in the region and often superb powder conditions;
* Both on and off-piste courses to enjoy - something for everyone from beginners to deep powder experts;
* Fun for all members of the family;
* All the main courses meeting up back down at base in front of the hotel;
* Relaxing onsen hot springs in the hotel after a fun day in the snow

Course Name Night Groomed Elevation
Vertical Length Gradient Skill Level
*1 Yes 1085m-872m 213m 1125m 10/16 Beginner
Ikenota Rinkan
  Yes 1033m-924m 109m 1050m 10/7 Advanced Beginner
Hiedayama Rinkan
  Yes 1402m-1155m 247m 2025m 14/7 Advanced Beginner
Itadaira Rinkan
  Yes 1342m-1298m 44m 637m 14/6 Beginner
Hiedayama One   Yes 1381m-1292m 89m 630m 18/8 Upper Advanced
Itadaira One
  No 1342m-1097m 245m 688m 29/20 Advanced
Giant   No 1300m-1033m 267m 500m 37/30 Upper Advanced
  Part 1332m-1085m 247m 640m 35/23 Intermediate
  No 1344m-1023m 321m 625m 42/36 Upper Advanced
Hiedayama-3   No 1292m-980m 312m 690m 39/27 Upper Advanced
Ipponmatsu *2 Yes 1011m-872m 139m 545m 22/15 Advanced Beginner
Itadaira   Yes 1298m-1085m 213m 600m 31/26 Advanced
Kamoshika   Part 973m-877m 96m 300m 30/17 Intermediate
Snake   Yes 1097m-893m 204m 1650m 23/8 Beginner
Rabbit   Yes 1097m-877m 220m 800m 27/14 Intermediate
Warabi Daira   Yes 1011m-796m 215m 830m 27/14 Intermediate

*1 Night skiing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
*2 Night skiing on Thursdays


The trail width of 200m on this course makes it ideal for beginners and also for intermediate to practice their skills. The skiing night is in this trail too.

Ski, board, racing ... there's a wide variety of ways to enjoy this course

Coming down from the top of Itadaira, this course is great for intermediates with a decent slope

A long course that following from the ridge of Itataira.
Great views to enjoy!
Hiedayama 2

One of the famous advanced courses in superb powder snow.
Early morning after a fresh snowfall is highly recommended!

The "ultra expert" course to challenge at Hakuba Cortina
At your own responsibility!

Areas of the resort to enjoy untracked tree runs in powder snow
At your own responsibility!

Areas of the resort to enjoy untracked tree runs in powder snow

Hakuba Cortina Facts

First opened 1970
Base elevation: 872m
Top elevation: 1402m
Vertical: 530m
Total terrain: 92 hectares / 227.3 acres
Total ride terrain: 50 hectares / 123.6 acres
Number of ski lifts: 7 in total
5 pair lifts
2 quads
Capacity:  8967 people per hour
Courses: 16
Level: 40% beginner
30% intermediate
30% advanced
Deepest snow depth 2014/2015 season: 540cm (17.7ft)



Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba is perfectly located by the base of the resort in a ski-in ski-out location close to the base lift. The hotel offers facilities for staying guests as well as day trippers - the onsen hot springs are popular for a good soak after a day on the slopes.

For more information on the Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba please view the information on SnowJapan or the hotel website.


How to get to Hakuba Cortina

Hakuba Cortina is located in the northern area of the famous Hakuba Valley area area of northern Nagano Prefecture.

By train:
Hakuba Cortina is around 90 minutes by bus from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen).  A direct bus service is available from Nagano Station to Hakuba Cortina during the winter season.  Reservations are required for this service.

By car:
Hakuba Cortina is around 1 hour from central Nagano City.

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Hakuba Cortina Lift Tickets

Ticket price Adult Child
(6-12 years)
(over 50s)
Cortina 1 Day Pass 4,000 yen 2,400 yen 3,200 yen* 8:30am-5pm
Cortina Night Skiing Pass 1,500 yen 1,000 yen - 5pm-8pm
(9pm on Sat, 26 Dec - 3 Jan)
Cortina 4 Hour Pass 3,000 yen 1,800 yen - For 4 hours from time of purchase
One Ride Ticket 500 yen 300 yen - During season
Season Pass 40,000 yen 24,000 yen 32,000 yen* Valid until 3rd April
Cortina Norikura Common Pass 4,800 yen 3,300 yen 4,300 yen* Open until 5pm

*ID Required


Official website