Beginners and Intermediates
Beginners are well catered for in Hakuba. The Sakka area of Happo is a short walk from the lodge and provides a perfect place to learn. There is also a roped off kiddies fun area where kids can safely toboggan or ride inner tubes. All the mountains in Hakuba have beginner areas.
Tsugaike has a huge beginner’s area of long wide runs. Iwatake is mostly a beginners and intermediate mountain, Happo Sakka is 4 minutes walk from the Lodge, Goryu has a beautiful beginners run at the top of the mountain with stunning 360degree panoramic views. Aokiko has beautiful beginners runs leading down through forest to a lake and finally Hakuba highland and Minekata are almost exclusively beginners resorts and as they lie across the valley from the main peaks have incredible views.
Intermediates have 12 mountains to choose from with every kind of run imaginable from long wide rolling reds with over a kilometer of vertical that start in the high alpine to steep mogul fields to intimate winding runs through the forest. A lot of the resorts only groom half the run after the frequent dumps of snow leaving powder at the sides to practice your snorkeling technique!