Hakuba Cortina (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ (長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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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 117cm 100cm 1st 290cm 175cm 1st 350cm 250cm
2nd - - 2nd 112cm 100cm 2nd 325cm 184cm 2nd 343cm 245cm
3rd - - 3rd 110cm 100cm 3rd 310cm 195cm 3rd 340cm 235cm
4th - - 4th 130cm 100cm 4th 305cm 185cm 4th 360cm 218cm
5th - - 5th 134cm 90cm 5th 300cm 184cm 5th 355cm 200cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 90cm 6th 300cm 190cm 6th 350cm 190cm
7th - - 7th 135cm 90cm 7th 330cm 200cm 7th 345cm 165cm
8th - - 8th 130cm 115cm 8th 360cm 205cm 8th 375cm 160cm
9th - - 9th 128cm 115cm 9th 350cm 200cm 9th 375cm 140cm
10th - - 10th 140cm 115cm 10th 350cm 250cm 10th 375cm 165cm
11th - - 11th 145cm 125cm 11th 360cm 265cm 11th 380cm 155cm
12th - - 12th 160cm 130cm 12th 370cm 235cm 12th 380cm 155cm
13th - - 13th 190cm 128cm 13th 370cm 220cm 13th 370cm 153cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 135cm 14th 370cm 170cm 14th 365cm 155cm
15th 93cm - 15th 260cm 135cm 15th 360cm 150cm 15th 365cm 175cm
16th 100cm - 16th 270cm 135cm 16th 350cm 165cm 16th 360cm 165cm
17th 110cm - 17th 290cm 132cm 17th 350cm 165cm 17th 360cm 160cm
18th 110cm 10cm 18th 280cm 130cm 18th 335cm 210cm 18th 360cm 150cm
19th 100cm 10cm 19th 270cm 140cm 19th 340cm 190cm 19th 355cm 140cm
20th 91cm 10cm 20th 270cm 170cm 20th 340cm 180cm 20th 355cm 133cm
21st 84cm - 21st 290cm 174cm 21st 360cm 175cm 21st 345cm 135cm
22nd 80cm - 22nd 295cm 177cm 22nd 380cm 183cm 22nd 355cm 140cm
23rd 65cm - 23rd 295cm 170cm 23rd 370cm 178cm 23rd 355cm 135cm
24th 90cm - 24th 330cm 180cm 24th 350cm 175cm 24th 355cm 150cm
25th 95cm - 25th 340cm 190cm 25th 360cm 185cm 25th 360cm 150cm
26th 89cm 10cm 26th 330cm 195cm 26th 350cm 188cm 26th 355cm 160cm
27th 80cm 20cm 27th 305cm 187cm 27th 350cm 197cm 27th 355cm 155cm
28th 110cm 60cm 28th 300cm 180cm 28th 350cm 200cm 28th 355cm 145cm
29th 110cm 75cm 29th 285cm 170cm 29th - 185cm 29th 355cm 138cm
30th 140cm 75cm 30th 275cm 190cm 30th 30th 350cm 130cm
31st 128cm 75cm 31st 285cm 180cm 31st 31st 340cm 125cm

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
The 'Cortina Kids Play Park' is located in front of the Hotel Green Plaza. It is open from 9am until 4pm daily - the playing in the snow area is free, with some charges applicable for sledging and tubing activities. There is also a Kids Mobile (snowmobiling) 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 1000 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 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 Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Cortina is open from 8:30am until 5pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 5pm until 8pm from 22nd December 2016 until 19th March 2017. On Saturdays and between 26th December 2016 and 3rd January 2017, nighta is extended until 9pm.

Hakuba Cortina Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,000 yen 2,400 yen 3,200 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 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
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.
Nighta is not included.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

- Hakuba Sanosaka
- Hakuba Goryu
- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Hapoo-one
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Tsugaike Kogen
- Hakuba Norikura
- Hakuba Cortina
- Kashimayari
- Jigatake

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 1100 vehicles at the base area. Parking is free every day of the season.

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