Hakuba Cortina (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ (長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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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 168cm 268cm 1st 300cm 330cm 1st 240cm 350cm
2nd - - 2nd 160cm 300cm 2nd 300cm 325cm 2nd 240cm 350cm
3rd - - 3rd 190cm 300cm 3rd 295cm 320cm 3rd 240cm 350cm
4th - - 4th 197cm 300cm 4th 280cm 316cm 4th 240cm 335cm
5th - - 5th 190cm 316cm 5th 262cm 330cm 5th 245cm 325cm
6th - - 6th 190cm 300cm 6th 260cm 345cm 6th 240cm 311cm
7th - - 7th 185cm 290cm 7th 260cm 347cm 7th 240cm 300cm
8th - - 8th 180cm 275cm 8th 250cm 345cm 8th 250cm 297cm
9th - - 9th 230cm 260cm 9th 260cm 339cm 9th 270cm 280cm
10th - - 10th 215cm 240cm 10th 270cm 334cm 10th 255cm 280cm
11th - - 11th 205cm 260cm 11th 285cm 335cm 11th 240cm 290cm
12th - - 12th 204cm 270cm 12th 285cm 330cm 12th 230cm 290cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 269cm 13th 290cm 340cm 13th 235cm 288cm
14th - - 14th 190cm 300cm 14th 300cm 360cm 14th 270cm 280cm
15th 80cm - 15th 190cm 295cm 15th 305cm 345cm 15th 285cm 270cm
16th 88cm 145cm 16th 190cm 280cm 16th 295cm 350cm 16th 270cm 265cm
17th 80cm 150cm 17th 190cm 270cm 17th 310cm 350cm 17th 275cm 265cm
18th 95cm 180cm 18th 210cm 260cm 18th 310cm 380cm 18th 280cm 261cm
19th 100cm 185cm 19th 210cm 255cm 19th 305cm 380cm 19th 270cm 255cm
20th 125cm 185cm 20th 205cm 250cm 20th 290cm 365cm 20th 260cm 250cm
21st 108cm 175cm 21st 230cm 250cm 21st 250cm 360cm 21st 245cm 250cm
22nd 95cm 171cm 22nd 250cm 255cm 22nd 250cm 380cm 22nd 235cm 255cm
23rd 88cm 168cm 23rd 270cm 260cm 23rd 245cm 370cm 23rd 225cm 257cm
24th 85cm 160cm 24th 260cm 295cm 24th 245cm 365cm 24th 230cm 250cm
25th 93cm 155cm 25th 290cm 320cm 25th 245cm 365cm 25th 225cm 250cm
26th 90cm 161cm 26th 280cm 340cm 26th 240cm 365cm 26th 225cm 250cm
27th 90cm 200cm 27th 300cm 350cm 27th 240cm 358cm 27th 220cm 240cm
28th 130cm 320cm 28th 295cm 350cm 28th 240cm 350cm 28th 215cm 228cm
29th 160cm 340cm 29th 310cm 340cm 29th - - 29th 225cm 223cm
30th 155cm 300cm 30th 310cm 340cm 30th 30th 220cm 218cm
31st 175cm 287cm 31st 295cm 337cm 31st 31st 215cm 214cm

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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' is located in front of the Hotel Green Plaza. It is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm daily between 15th December 2018 and 31st March 2019. The playing in the snow area is free, with some charges applicable for sledging and tubing activities. New for the 2018-2019 season is a 'playing in the snow' area.

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 but some items can be found on the slopes. 

Hakuba Cortina 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 8:30am 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 open from 8:30am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 22nd December 2018 until 23rd March 2019. On Saturdays and between 28th December 2018 and 4th January 2019, 13th January 2019 and 10th February 2019, 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) 4,000 yen 2,400 yen 3,500 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 1,800 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 24,000 yen 32,000 yen
Norikura Cortina 1 Day 4,800 yen 3,300 yen 4,300 yen
Norikura Cortina Season 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 45,000 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 All tickets unless noted as 'Norikura Cortina' are valid at the Hakuba Cortina resort.

'Norikura Cortina' tickets 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 (Nagano 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.

A free bus is also available that runs between Minami Otari Station and the 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 1,100 vehicles at the base area. Parking is free every day of the season.

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