Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
One of ten resorts making-up the ‘Hakuba Valley’ and lying to the immediate north of Hakuba Happo One, Hakuba Iwatake was for a long-time something of a well-kept secret. But not anymore… Known for its spectacular views of the North Alps and surrounding Hakuba Valley, Iwatake has been discovered by international visitors who now frequent the resort given its close proximity to Hakuba Village.
Iwatake has 26 ski runs serviced by 12 lifts with the official breakdown listing trails as: beginner 30% / intermediate 50% / advanced 20%. The resort is particularly well-suited to beginner and lower-intermediate skiers and snowboarders along with families looking to cruise on-piste with a good terrain park adding an extra bit of fun. While Hakuba Iwatake has lots going for it, it is worth noting that that it lies at a very low elevation of 539 to 1289 metres but decent 750 metres of vertical. Given the low elevation, the snow can be sketchy in the absence of decent snowfall. To avoid disappointment, keep an eye on the forecast and head to Iwatake on days you know the snow is good. Located close to to Hakuba Village and the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal, Iwatake is well-suited to being included in a multi-day stay, with your visit timed for when the snow is just right.