Japan ski resort news: Hakuba Sanosaka (Nagano)

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7th December 2018

Hakuba Sanosaka
Nagano Prefecture

Hakuba Sanosaka rejoins Hakuba Valley

Hakuba Sanosaka (base in Hakuba, part of the slopes in neighbouring Omachi) was left out of the Hakuba Valley group last season, mainly due to a period of uncertainty in the run up to the season - it wasn't clear if it was going to be able to open. Eventually, it did open for the season but the Hakuba Valley grouping remained a 9 ski resort deal for the duration of 2017-2018.

This season we are happy to report that things are more positive from the get-go.

The main news is that Hakuba Sanosaka is going to once again be operating the top Number 5 pair lift, meaning that for 2018-2019 there will be two quads and two pair lifts operating.

Hakuba Sanosaka is also now back in the Hakuba Valley fold and included in the 'Hakuba Valley All Mountain Pass'.

It's always good to see things opening up rather than the other way round!

Some of you may not know this, but until the 2009-2010 season Hakuba Sanosaka was known as Sun Alpina Hakuba Sanosaka. Up until then it was connected and shared a lift ticket with the now closed Sun Alpina Aokiko (and beyond that, Kashimayari). Unfortunately Sun Alpina Aokiko permanently closed in 2009, and in the process broke the link between Hakuba Sanosaka and Kashimayari. Those two are now both operating independently.

Oh yes... going back even further, Hakuba Sanosaka was known as Sanosaka Kogen (佐野坂高原)

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