We just returned from a wonderful week long ski adventure in JaPow! Two dads and four young adults. We are expert Colorado skiers and boarders. What else can we say - we loved everything about our trip to Japan, the resorts, the snow, the acomodations and the food. It snowed about four feet (130 cm) during the week.
We spent four days in Niseko, skiing five different resorts, and then Four days in Hakuba. We recommend
I went to Happo-one on Jan 26 and had a great day. The snow wasn't the best, as it was a little bit warm (3 degrees) but there was still some good deeper pockets to be found in the trees.
I was surprised at how much larger the mountain was compared to the other Hakuba resorts. You could definitely spend a few days there without getting bored of the terrain. The runs were pretty long and the grooming was excellent.
Habuba is not your classic European or North American ski resort.
First, the not so great. As is clear before going the hills are not linked in the way you would anticipate them if you ski regularly in Europe, but a handy and easy bus service is there to ferry you to your selected day’s ski area. This while adding to the hassle does create the variety you may seek.
This is a huge resort and sometimes a little difficult to navigate. One wrong turn and you end up at the bottom of a lift you hadn't intended to be at or possibly going down a black mogul run when you thought you were on a red run...
But if you keep you wits about you this resort is a lot of fun.
I'm an intermediate skier and was with 8 snow boarders (from beginner to advanced) and everyone got something
Further to my review of Happo One based on our visit last year, this report is based on this year's January visit. I will also post separate reports for Goryu/47, Iwatake and Cortina as I skied those resorts on this trip too.
Starting with Happo One (skied 3 days) this really is the biggest and best in the Hakuba Valley with something for everyone.
BTW one of the days skied here was courtesy of SnowJapan's very kind awarding of a lift