Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort
One of ten resorts making-up the ‘Hakuba Valley’, Hakuba Cortina is a picturesque ski resort located almost entirely within a natural bowl. Known of its big dumps of powder and unusually liberal approach to side and backcountry, Cortina is a favourite for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders looking to get off-piste and deep into the white stuff. Cortina boasts 50ha of terrain split into 16 courses, serviced by 8 lifts. The resort is located from 870 to 1400 metres in elevation with a small 530 metres of vertical. Though it might not sound much, the upper runs at Cortina are very steep, maxing-out at an impressive 42°!
Gates on the upper ski runs provide access to some impressive backcountry with access also available to adjoining Hakuba Norikura. Visitors have the option of a day pass to either resort for JPY4000 or joint pass for JPY4800, providing access to both resorts. Night-skiing, childcare and kids area are also available with the large Hotel Green Plaza Hakuba sitting at the bottom of the ski fields – the main accommodation in Cortina. While part of the Hakuba Valley, Cortina is located well to the north of the central area of Hakuba Village and as such, takes a little more effort to get to. Those who do so will be rewarded with a really enjoyable resort which when that fabled powder hits, is the match of any in the Hakuba Valley.
For accommodation listings nearby the resort, see our ‘Hakuba Area’ hotel page. Distance to Cortina from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal: 14km / 20 to 25-minute drive.
08:30 to 17:00 / Night-skiing: weekdays 17:00 to 20:00 / holidays 17:00 to 21:00
Dependent on snow conditions, the resort is typically open from mid-December until early-April
Cortina-only day-pass: Adults (13+) JPY4000 / Children (6-12): JPY3000 / Seniors: JPY4300. Alternatively, a combined Cortin/Norikura all-mountain pass is: Adults: JPY4800 / Children: JPY330 / Seniors: JPY4300
Approximately 120 to 130-minutes from the Jigokudani Monkey Park
From the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal, the Hakuba Shuttle Bus takes around 40-minutes or taxis will transport you to Cortina in around 25 to 30-minutes