Resort Reviews - tagged 'Otari'

Reviews of ski resorts tagged 'Otari'. Currently 48 reviews.
Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by antond on 26th February 2016
Loved it!
I'd heard a lot about Cortina and am probably writing a slightly biased review as it was our only powder day out of 7, however I loved it here.

We'd had rain, ice and spring like conditions at Happo One, 47/Goryu and Tsugaike on the other 6 days. We woke up to snow on Feb 17, which also happened to be my birthday. We made the treck to Cortina from Wadano at Happo One (2 buses) and
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by woody on 5th March 2015
Great stepping stones from beginner to intermediate
Thanks to SnowJapan's competions, wining us a free lift pass we booked a private lesson and picked Tsugaike Kogen to use the pass.

Tsugaike is a great place especially for beginners and intermediates, lots of wide open runs allowing you to progress your sking gradually or quickly as there are many types of graded runs. My husband and I are at different level of sking but we were able to ski some runs together or part runs then meet up at
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by lozzac on 17th February 2015
Good vertical
I visited TK on a lovely sunny day.
It's fairly close to Happo One & presumably will one day link up to make a huge skijo!
The principal lift is the gondola which had massive queues throughout the day.
It hadn't snowed for a few days so no off piste action.
There are some excellent very long cruising Red intermediate runs.
there is one longish ridgeline black.
It starts off as a deceptively groomed slope before heading into a long challenging mogul field.
Bizarrely the top gondola
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Big Al on 1st February 2015
CORTINA BABY !!!!!
Caught the 07:20 from Happo bus terminal (note for future - get breakfast from Lawson's supermarket for bus ride) and set out for Cortina on a sunny Sunday after heavy overnight snow.

Where to start...... nothing that has been written comes close. This was powder with a capital P!

While it was pretty busy being a Sunday, there was plenty of untracked, uber-deep pow pockets available at least until lunchtime.

QUITE SIMPLY THE BEST POWDER SKIING OF MY LIFE!

Resort is a bit
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by NECK on 27th January 2015
First come first served!
Well, what can I say about Hakuba Cortina?

By now I'm sure that everybody knows it's the one spot in the Hakuba valley (although it's tecnically in Otari and not Hakuba) that isn't governed in the same militant fashion as the other Hakuba resorts. You are free to go wherever you want and do so at your own risk. Because of this open policy, business is definitely booming at Cortina and on any given powder day the place is absolutely
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 8th March 2014
Springtime in Tsugaike!
I’d visited Tsugaike in Dec 2011 [http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resort-reviews/detail/1998] albeit only for a morning, but had liked what I had seen so was looking forward to a return visit, aided by the free lift ticket I’d received from those kind people at SJ so a big thanks to them and Alpen Resorts.

As previously, I took the free shuttle bus from Happo Information Centre (which goes via Hakuba Iwatake) and was soon heading up the Central Triple Chair Lift at the Tsugaike base.
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by michellemabelle on 16th February 2014
The best in Hakuba!
We were so impressed with Cortina because they are a lot less restrictive on where you can ride. You can ride all through the trees.

Other resorts we have been to in Hakuba area do not let you and take your pass off you if caught, we met plenty of people who had endured this at some point. It was nice to be able to ride all over the place in Cortina and not worry about ski patrol.

Also they
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by spindrift on 6th January 2014
Beginner's paradise with some decent tree skiing
First things first--if you're a beginner, Tsugaike is a great place. Most of the resort, especially the bottom half, is very flat and well-groomed, with a pitch ranging from pancake flat to gently inclined. The broad, flat area at the base is well-served by numerous chairlifts.

However, for those of us with more vertiginous preferences, Tsugaike is sorely lacking. There is no sustained steep terrain, except out of bounds (will get back to that in a minute). The best skiing for
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 9th February 2013
Let's Cortina!
I had heard some good things about Cortina so, with fresh snow forecast, I added an extra day onto my Hakuba trip to check it out.

Based in Happo-one, I took the first (8.50) bus from Happo Information Centre but everyone else had obviously had the same idea and some people couldn't get on the bus! The journey takes about 40 minutes, so you can be on the bottom chairlifts inside an hour of leaving Happo, which isn't bad but
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 24th January 2012
Tsugaike Kogen review
If I had not bought a 2-day Alpen pass while staying at Happo-one, I probably would have spurned Tsugaike in favour of its bigger, more famous neighbours but I am glad I got to check it out, albeit for one afternoon only. I took the free shuttle bus from Happo Information Centre and exchanged my Happo pass for a Tsugaike one, which caused a bit of confusion at the ticket booth but I was soon on my way up
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Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by Mick Rich on 24th January 2012
Let's Tsugaike!
If I had not bought a 2-day Alpen pass while staying at Happo-one, I probably would have spurned Tsugaike in favour of its bigger, more famous neighbours but I am glad I got to check it out, albeit for one afternoon only. I took the free shuttle bus from Happo Information Centre and exchanged my Happo pass for a Tsugaike one, which caused a bit of confusion at the ticket booth but I was soon on my way up
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Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
Otari Village, Nagano
Submitted by andrewl on 28th February 2011
Hakuba Cortina review by Black Mountain
This resort is definitely a good place to go if you are looking for something different in Hakuba.

Let's start with the bad news first. If you are staying in Hakuba without a car this resort can be a bit of a pain to get to. It's actually in Otari, not Hakuba village and by car takes about 20-25 mins. There are also shuttle buses which take forever or trains. If you are hoping to get first
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