….walk on a winter`s day.

Ok, it ain`t exactly winter yet, but its getting very close. & besides, if it wasn`t for skiing & snowboarding, Autumn would be my favorite season in Hakuba. Crisp air, technicolor mountains, great food & lots of beautiful hikes like this one we did a couple days ago.

Oh & heavily discounted accommodation @ the Morino Chalets.



Myoko Rising

There`s no doubt that Myoko Kogen is being discovered by powder enthusiasts & by those wanting a heavy dose of small town Japan. This drone footage captured by Morino Lodge Myoko manager & stalwart Mathieu, captures some of the beauty that makes it such an appealing getaway. Myoko….Land of the Rising Snow.


2016/17 – The Japanese Alps from Matt Malerba on Vimeo.

The Terios Kids….working hard for their livin!

Winter 2017 in Hakuba & Myoko was a very good one indeed…..& we have proof! As, the Morino staff pumped out several excellent edits.  In this one, the Terios Kids aka the Morino Pizza boys show us what working hard for a living looks like. Enjoy.


The Terios Kids from THE SAUCE POSSE on Vimeo.

Hakuba is open!

The long wait for snow is over and with a hefty dump last night, Happo and Tsugaike opened for the 2016/17 winter season!

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Free Manju cookies were handed out by the Hakuba mascot as the first lifts started rolling at 11am.


About 10cm in the valley translated into 35cm of medium dry fresh on the upper slopes. Surprisingly few people turned up so there were still boot deep turns well into lunchtime.

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The Forecast is looking great with some snow tomorrow, a lot more on Sunday and then a two day big dump on the 15th and 16th of December. And so it begins!


Hakuba MountainLife Magazine issue #5

Hakuba Backcountry – Hakuba Mountainlife Magazine issue #5 will be on the shelves at all our lodges & chalets. It’s an excellent resource for knowledge and inspiration about backcountry skiing & snowboarding around Hakuba, put together by a group of dedicated mountain travelers.

And if you can`t wait to pick up your print copy at Morino, the digital 2016/17 version is below;


And because great Hakuba backcountry info never gets old, the back catalog links are below;


Hakuba Mountainlife Magazine issue #4 (2015/16)


Hakuba Mountainlife Magazine issue #3 (2014/15)


Hakuba Mountainlife Magazine issue #2 (2013/14)


Hakuba Mountainlife Magazine issue #1 (2012/13)


Oh…..& if you wanna explore the Hakuba Backcountry safely there are a number of serious & qualified guiding outfits in Hakuba including Hakuba MountainLife, Evergreen & new for 2016/17 our own Morino-Whitecap Specialized Guiding Service