Hakuba Happo One Snow Resort
One of ten resorts making up the ‘Hakuba Valley’, Hakuba Happo One Ski Resort is the most popular and conveniently located – with ski runs and gondola within walking distance of the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal.
Serviced by Hakuba village, the resort is extremely popular with international visitors with businesses catering to English and other foreign language-speaking skiers and snowboarders.
When it comes to the numbers, they are a little deceptive. The resort has only 13 courses serviced by an excessive 22 lifts, but it totals around 220ha of terrain. Courses breakdown as: beginner 30% / intermediate 50% / advanced 20%.
Situated between 760 to 1831 metres, Happo One offers an impressive 1071 metres of vertical with its upper limits above the treeline – somewhat unique for resorts in the area. Consistent with many resorts in Japan, side and backcountry are strictly controlled to the frustration of intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders (but the rules are their for your safety so please follow them).
Night-skiing, a terrain park, English ski/snowboard, and a range of other foreign-language services mean that Happo One is well-suited to international visitors, with numerous accommodation options, bars and restaurants in Hakuba village, nearby Echoland and the surrounding area.