Hakuba Cortina (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Cortina
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 3rd April 2022
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Official snow depth 345cm (-10cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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Hakuba Cortina is a ski area 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 ski area, and a shared 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. It was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, including alpine skiing, ski jump events and cross country events. In recent years, the Hakuba region has become one of Japan's most popular winter sports regions with visitors from overseas.

The Mountain

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Hakuba Cortina is lift-connected with:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Hakuba Cortina Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 290cm 230cm 1st - 285cm 1st - 280cm
2nd - - 2nd 250cm 260cm 2nd - 280cm 2nd - 270cm
3rd - - 3rd 255cm 285cm 3rd - 290cm 3rd - 270cm
4th - - 4th 250cm 260cm 4th - 290cm 4th - 270cm
5th - - 5th 300cm 245cm 5th - 300cm 5th - 266cm
6th - - 6th 280cm 245cm 6th - 295cm 6th - 260cm
7th - - 7th 270cm 235cm 7th - 280cm 7th - 260cm
8th - - 8th 270cm 250cm 8th - 300cm 8th - 255cm
9th - - 9th 265cm 280cm 9th - 320cm 9th - 255cm
10th - - 10th 250cm 275cm 10th - 320cm 10th - 255cm
11th - - 11th 250cm 290cm 11th - 320cm 11th - 253cm
12th - - 12th 280cm 293cm 12th - 320cm 12th - 250cm
13th - - 13th 275cm 280cm 13th - 295cm 13th - 240cm
14th - - 14th 340cm 280cm 14th - 288cm 14th - 245cm
15th - - 15th 324cm 250cm 15th - 270cm 15th - 245cm
16th - - 16th 306cm 240cm 16th - 260cm 16th - 245cm
17th - - 17th 300cm 260cm 17th - 287cm 17th - 240cm
18th 107cm - 18th 320cm 260cm 18th - 320cm 18th - 237cm
19th 108cm 225cm 19th 350cm 300cm 19th - 330cm 19th - 235cm
20th 130cm 230cm 20th 325cm 315cm 20th - 330cm 20th - 230cm
21st 120cm 230cm 21st 370cm 305cm 21st - 310cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 120cm 205cm 22nd 355cm 270cm 22nd - 285cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd 122cm 200cm 23rd 345cm 260cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 205cm
24th 118cm 195cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 305cm 24th - 208cm
25th 110cm 190cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 202cm
26th 140cm 210cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 195cm
27th 180cm 215cm 27th - 245cm 27th - 290cm 27th - 204cm
28th 210cm 180cm 28th - 245cm 28th - 295cm 28th - 195cm
29th 210cm 180cm 29th - 250cm 29th - - 29th - 180cm
30th 210cm 170cm 30th - 295cm 30th 30th - 167cm
31st 265cm 210cm 31st - 289cm 31st 31st - 150cm

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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are two kids areas at Hakuba Cortina.

The Kids Park Area is by the base hotel and open from 9:00am until 4:00pm. There is snow tubing, a sledding area and a 'playing in the snow' area. Some activities are charged.

The Yuki Asobi Park is open on weekends and holidays only from 25th December 2021 until 21st March 2022. It is open during the daytime (9:00am until 4:00pm) and in the evening (7:00pm until 8:20pm). Entry is 600 yen (300 yen for children) in the daytime and 2,000 yen (1,500 yen for children) in the evening. Various activities on offer.

There are also special lessons for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are some areas beyond the official ski runs. These areas are entered entirely at ones own risk. 

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 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Cortina is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

Night skiing is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm over the New Year period (29th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022).

During the period 4th January until 3rd April, the Cortina Number 3 quad lift and Cortina Number 5 pair lift will not be operating on weekdays. Those two lifts will however be available on weekends and holiday.

Hakuba Cortina Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,200 yen 2,600 yen 3,700 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,000 yen
Night (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 6,600 yen 3,800 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 12,500 yen 7,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 18,700 yen 10,500 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 24,900 yen 13,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 31,000 yen 17,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 37,200 yen 20,800 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 43,400 yen 24,300 yen
Hakuba Valley 8 Days 49,000 yen 27,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 9 Days 54,700 yen 30,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 10 Days 60,300 yen 33,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

Tickets noted as 'Norikura Cortina' above are valid at both Hakuba Cortina and the connecting Hakuba Norikura Onsen ski areas. Otherwise, they are just for Hakuba Cortina.

Early season is until 23rd December 2021.

Spring season is from 22nd March 2022.

Night skiing is 29th December through 2nd January 2022.

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 usually a bus from Nagano Station to the Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba (at the base of the ski area). The bus route takes about 100 minutes.
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.
There is parking for 1,100 vehicles at the base area. Parking is free every day of the season.

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