Hakuba Cortina (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Cortina
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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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 230cm 75cm 1st 285cm 145cm 1st 280cm 175cm
2nd - - 2nd 260cm 70cm 2nd 280cm 145cm 2nd 270cm 170cm
3rd - - 3rd 285cm 78cm 3rd 290cm 140cm 3rd 270cm 168cm
4th - - 4th 260cm 80cm 4th 290cm 135cm 4th 270cm 162cm
5th - - 5th 245cm 130cm 5th 300cm 133cm 5th 266cm 161cm
6th - - 6th 245cm 140cm 6th 295cm 160cm 6th 260cm 190cm
7th - - 7th 235cm 120cm 7th 280cm 175cm 7th 260cm 187cm
8th - - 8th 250cm 100cm 8th 300cm 170cm 8th 255cm 180cm
9th - - 9th 280cm 90cm 9th 320cm 210cm 9th 255cm 174cm
10th - - 10th 275cm 100cm 10th 320cm 210cm 10th 255cm 155cm
11th - - 11th 290cm 100cm 11th 320cm 230cm 11th 253cm 135cm
12th - - 12th 293cm 95cm 12th 320cm 210cm 12th 250cm 135cm
13th - - 13th 280cm 100cm 13th 295cm 190cm 13th 240cm -
14th - - 14th 280cm 115cm 14th 288cm 170cm 14th 245cm -
15th - - 15th 250cm 115cm 15th 270cm 153cm 15th 245cm -
16th - 0cm 16th 240cm 120cm 16th 260cm 145cm 16th 245cm -
17th - 0cm 17th 260cm 115cm 17th 287cm 138cm 17th 240cm -
18th - 0cm 18th 260cm 115cm 18th 320cm 140cm 18th 237cm -
19th 225cm 0cm 19th 300cm 110cm 19th 330cm 153cm 19th 235cm -
20th 230cm 0cm 20th 315cm 120cm 20th 330cm 143cm 20th 230cm 140cm
21st 230cm 0cm 21st 305cm 140cm 21st 310cm 138cm 21st 220cm 150cm
22nd 205cm 0cm 22nd 270cm 155cm 22nd 285cm 137cm 22nd 210cm 145cm
23rd 200cm 2cm 23rd 260cm 140cm 23rd 270cm 141cm 23rd 205cm 140cm
24th 195cm 12cm 24th 260cm 130cm 24th 305cm 159cm 24th 208cm 145cm
25th 190cm 12cm 25th 260cm 125cm 25th 300cm 144cm 25th 202cm 140cm
26th 210cm 7cm 26th 250cm 122cm 26th 290cm 147cm 26th 195cm 135cm
27th 215cm 0cm 27th 245cm 119cm 27th 290cm 170cm 27th 204cm -
28th 180cm 90cm 28th 245cm 120cm 28th 295cm 210cm 28th 195cm -
29th 180cm 75cm 29th 250cm 110cm 29th - 188cm 29th 180cm -
30th 170cm 60cm 30th 295cm 108cm 30th 30th 167cm -
31st 210cm 60cm 31st 289cm 120cm 31st 31st 150cm -

Previous Statistics

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
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 charged.

The 'Yuki Asobi Park Area' is open on weekends and holidays only from 26th December 2020 until 21st March 2021. It is open during the daytime (9:00am until 4:00pm) and in the evening (7:00pm until 8:20pm). Entry is 500 yen (300 yen for children) in the daytime and 2000 yen (1500 yen for children) in the evening. Various activities on offer.

There are also special lessons for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific snow park area. 

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 Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Cortina is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

Night skiing is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm over the New Year period (29th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021) and on 9th and 10th January 2021.

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
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 3,800 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 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

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

Otherwise, they are just for Hakuba Cortina.

'Hakuba Valley' tickets 2020-2021

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).
Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.
Includes use of the Hakuba Valley shuttle bus on the day of skiing, available from 25th December 2020 until 14th March 2021.

The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase.
The 2 Day ticket is valid for 4 days from the first day of use.
The 3 Day ticket is valid for 6 days from the first day of use.
The 4 Day ticket is valid for 8 days from the first day of use.
The 5 Day ticket is valid for 10 days from the first day of use.
The 6 Day ticket is valid for 11 days from the first day of use.
The 7 Day ticket is valid for 12 days from the first day of use.
The 8 Day ticket is valid for 13 days from the first day of use.
The 9 Day ticket is valid for 14 days from the first day of use.
The 10 Day ticket is valid for 16 days from the first day of use.
Night skiing operations are 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

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 1,500 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children and reservations are required. The bus route takes about 100 minutes and leaves Nagano Station at 9:40pm.

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 1,100 vehicles at the base area. Parking is free every day of the season.

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