Hakuba Sanosaka (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Sanosaka
白馬さのさか (長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Friday 21st December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
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Hakuba Sanosaka is located in the southern region of Hakuba village, close to the border with Omachi city. It 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.

Hakuba Sanosaka opened last season after a period of uncertainty, but it wasn’t part of the ‘Hakuba Valley’ ticket. It is back into the fold for the 2018-2019 season and one of the 10 resorts included in 'Hakuba Valley'. Four lifts should be operating for the new season with a return of the Number 5 pair lift. Hurray!

Hakuba Sanosaka was originally known as 'Sanosaka Kogen' and then until 2009 it was called 'Sun Alpina Hakuba Sanosaka'.

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

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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 50cm 90cm 1st 190cm 150cm 1st 70cm 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 90cm 2nd 190cm 150cm 2nd 70cm 140cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 110cm 3rd 190cm 150cm 3rd 70cm 140cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 110cm 4th 190cm 150cm 4th 60cm 140cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 110cm 5th 190cm 150cm 5th 60cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 70cm 110cm 6th 190cm 150cm 6th 60cm 130cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 110cm 7th 190cm 150cm 7th 50cm 130cm
8th - - 8th 70cm 110cm 8th 190cm 150cm 8th 60cm 130cm
9th - - 9th 110cm 110cm 9th 190cm 150cm 9th 60cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 110cm 100cm 10th 190cm 150cm 10th 60cm 110cm
11th - - 11th 110cm 105cm 11th 190cm 150cm 11th 60cm 110cm
12th - - 12th 110cm 110cm 12th 190cm 150cm 12th 60cm 110cm
13th - - 13th 110cm 110cm 13th 190cm 150cm 13th 60cm 110cm
14th - - 14th 90cm 110cm 14th 190cm 150cm 14th 100cm 110cm
15th - - 15th 90cm 110cm 15th 190cm 150cm 15th 100cm 110cm
16th - 20cm 16th 95cm 110cm 16th 190cm 150cm 16th 100cm 105cm
17th - 40cm 17th 100cm 110cm 17th 190cm 150cm 17th 100cm 100cm
18th - 50cm 18th 110cm 105cm 18th 190cm 150cm 18th 100cm 100cm
19th - 50cm 19th 110cm 105cm 19th 190cm 150cm 19th 100cm 100cm
20th - 60cm 20th 110cm 105cm 20th 120cm 150cm 20th 100cm 90cm
21st - 60cm 21st 140cm 105cm 21st 120cm 150cm 21st 100cm 90cm
22nd 30cm 60cm 22nd 160cm 105cm 22nd 100cm 150cm 22nd 100cm 70cm
23rd 15cm 70cm 23rd 160cm 110cm 23rd 100cm 150cm 23rd 100cm 70cm
24th 10cm 70cm 24th 170cm 115cm 24th 100cm 150cm 24th 100cm 70cm
25th 10cm 60cm 25th 170cm 125cm 25th 100cm 150cm 25th - 70cm
26th - 60cm 26th 180cm 140cm 26th 80cm 150cm 26th - -
27th - 80cm 27th 180cm 150cm 27th 70cm 150cm 27th - -
28th 20cm 90cm 28th 180cm 150cm 28th 70cm 150cm 28th - -
29th 60cm 90cm 29th 190cm 150cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 60cm 90cm 30th 190cm 150cm 30th 30th - -
31st 60cm 90cm 31st 190cm 150cm 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 4,100 yen 1,500 yen 3,300 yen
Half Day 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 45,000 yen 18,000 yen 37,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,000 yen 3,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 10,800 yen 6,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 16,000 yen 9,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 21,300 yen 11,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 26,600 yen 14,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 31,900 yen 17,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 37,200 yen 20,800 yen
Lift Ticket Information After a year out, the Hakuba Valley ticket is once again valid at Hakuba Sanosaka for the 2018-2019 season.

'Hakuba Valley' tickets

The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley (listed below).
The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase.
The 2 Day tickets can be used on any 2 days within three days of purchase.
The 3 Day tickets can be used on any 3 days within five days of purchase.
The 4 Day tickets can be used on any 4 days within seven days of purchase.
The 5 Day tickets can be used on any 5 days within nine days of purchase.
The 6 Day tickets can be used on any 6 days within ten days of purchase.
The 7 Day tickets can be used on any 7 days within eleven days of purchase.
Nighta is not included.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Cortina
- Hakuba Goryu
- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Hakuba Norikura
- Hakuba Sanosaka
- Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- Jigatake
- Tsugaike Kogen

Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.

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 free 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 1,000 vehicles close to the base area.

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