Hakuba Cortina (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Cortina
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
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Hakuba Cortina is a resort located in Otari village, just to the north of Hakuba village in northern Nagano Prefecture. The fairly compact bowl shape means most courses end up back at the base area. Hakuba Cortina often receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the Hakuba region and is popular for 'self-responsibility' powder tree run areas outside of the main specified courses. Hakuba Cortina is connected with the Hakuba Norikura Onsen resort and a common lift ticket is available as well as individual tickets. It has been operating since 1970.

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 Cortina is lift-connected with:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Hakuba Cortina Course Map

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Hakuba Cortina Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 75cm 168cm 1st 145cm 300cm 1st 175cm 240cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 160cm 2nd 145cm 300cm 2nd 170cm 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 78cm 190cm 3rd 140cm 295cm 3rd 168cm 240cm
4th - - 4th 80cm 197cm 4th 135cm 280cm 4th 162cm 240cm
5th - - 5th 130cm 190cm 5th 133cm 262cm 5th 161cm 245cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 190cm 6th 160cm 260cm 6th 190cm 240cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 185cm 7th 175cm 260cm 7th 187cm 240cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 180cm 8th 170cm 250cm 8th 180cm 250cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 230cm 9th 210cm 260cm 9th 174cm 270cm
10th - - 10th 100cm 215cm 10th 210cm 270cm 10th 155cm 255cm
11th - - 11th 100cm 205cm 11th 230cm 285cm 11th 135cm 240cm
12th - - 12th 95cm 204cm 12th 210cm 285cm 12th 135cm 230cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 200cm 13th 190cm 290cm 13th - 235cm
14th - - 14th 115cm 190cm 14th 170cm 300cm 14th - 270cm
15th - 80cm 15th 115cm 190cm 15th 153cm 305cm 15th - 285cm
16th 0cm 88cm 16th 120cm 190cm 16th 145cm 295cm 16th - 270cm
17th 0cm 80cm 17th 115cm 190cm 17th 138cm 310cm 17th - 275cm
18th 0cm 95cm 18th 115cm 210cm 18th 140cm 310cm 18th - 280cm
19th 0cm 100cm 19th 110cm 210cm 19th 153cm 305cm 19th - 270cm
20th 0cm 125cm 20th 120cm 205cm 20th 143cm 290cm 20th 140cm 260cm
21st 0cm 108cm 21st 140cm 230cm 21st 138cm 250cm 21st 150cm 245cm
22nd 0cm 95cm 22nd 155cm 250cm 22nd 137cm 250cm 22nd 145cm 235cm
23rd 2cm 88cm 23rd 140cm 270cm 23rd 141cm 245cm 23rd 140cm 225cm
24th 12cm 85cm 24th 130cm 260cm 24th 159cm 245cm 24th 145cm 230cm
25th 12cm 93cm 25th 125cm 290cm 25th 144cm 245cm 25th 140cm 225cm
26th 7cm 90cm 26th 122cm 280cm 26th 147cm 240cm 26th 135cm 225cm
27th 0cm 90cm 27th 119cm 300cm 27th 170cm 240cm 27th - 220cm
28th 90cm 130cm 28th 120cm 295cm 28th 210cm 240cm 28th - 215cm
29th 75cm 160cm 29th 110cm 310cm 29th 188cm - 29th - 225cm
30th 60cm 155cm 30th 108cm 310cm 30th 30th - 220cm
31st 60cm 175cm 31st 120cm 295cm 31st 31st - 215cm

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Hakuba Cortina Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Cortina. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
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
The 'Cortina Wonder Village Kids Park Area' is located in front of the Hotel Green Plaza. It is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm daily between 14th December 2019 and 5th April 2020. There is also the 'Yuki Asobi Park' (playing in the snow). A bus from the hotel to that area is available. Some charges applicable (a 1500 yen one day ticket including unlimited bouncy thing, tubing and sledding is available).

Special kids ski and snowboard lessons are also available at Hakuba Cortina.

The 'Kids House' child care service (for 3-6 year olds) is located in the main hotel at base; charges are 1,000 yen for 1 hour. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific snow park area. Usually plenty of excellent snow though. :) 

Hakuba Cortina Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Cortina is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 21st December 2019 until 21st March 2020. On Saturdays and between 28th December 2019 and 4th January 2020, nighta is extended until 9:00pm - otherwise it ends at 8:00pm.

Hakuba Cortina Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,200 yen 2,600 yen 3,700 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta (from 5pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 24,000 yen 32,000 yen
Norikura Cortina 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,500 yen
Norikura Cortina Season 56,000 yen 36,000 yen 46,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,100 yen 3,500 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 11,000 yen 6,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 16,300 yen 9,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 21,700 yen 12,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 27,100 yen 15,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 32,500 yen 18,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 37,900 yen 21,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

'Norikura Cortina' tickets noted above are valid at both Hakuba Cortina and the connecting Hakuba Norikura Onsen resorts.

'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
- Jigatake
- Kashimayari
- Tsugaike Kogen

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

Getting to Hakuba Cortina

By public transport
57.4km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
6.4km from Minami Otari Station on the Oito Line
13.7km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Hakuba Cortina is the most northerly ski resort in the Hakuba and Otari valley and close to the border with Niigata Prefecture. It is in fact just 36km from the Japan Sea coast in Itoigawa (Niigata). The closest expressway exit is Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway. Most people arriving from the south though will get to the region either from the Nagano IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway (58km) or the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway (62km). Please note that Azumino IC used to be called Toyoshina IC - it was renamed in October 2012.

Hakuba Cortina is a few km from the main Route 148 road and the Minami Otari train station on the local Oito line. Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkasen line) is about 56km away a 90 minute or so journey.
There is a bus from Nagano Station to the Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba (at the base of the resort). The charge is 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. The bus route takes about 100 minutes.

A free bus is also available that runs between Minami Otari Station and the base hotel.
By Car
40.6km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
58.1km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
63.5km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (4.9km away)
Otari village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture, just to the north of Hakuba village. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

Hakuba Cortina is the most northerly of the ski and snowboard resorts in this region, quite close to the border with Niigata Prefecture.

To get to Hakuba Cortina from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head north on Route 148 towards Otari. Continue on Route 148 for about 8.8km. Turn left onto Prefecture 433 and follow the winding road for about 3km until reaching a sign to turn right for Hakuba Cortina.

If approaching from the north, turn right onto Prefecture 433 at the Tsugaike Kogen and Hakuba Norikura signpost before reaching Hakuba village.

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 1100 vehicles at the base area. Parking is free every day of the season.

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