The North Alps most magnificent panoramic views.
Hakuba Happo-one is recognized as a very popular mountain in resort in Japan.

In 1998, Happo-one celebrated the winter Olympic games. Happo-one is well-known for its consistent and super dry powder snow conditions. The highest elevated lift is 1,831m, when you exit here you will see Hakuba three peaks in the background, whilst in the foreground you will be impressed by Myoko, Togakushi, Asama volcano and Yatsugatake mountain ranges.
We wish you a wonderful time in Hakuba, Happo-one.

Course area 220ha
Elevation 760m / 1,831m
Maximum slope 37degrees (Nakiyama, Tenbo)
Longest course 8,000m (Riesen Grat - Kurobishi - Skyline - Sakka)
Number of courses 16
Trails composition Beginner: 30% / Intermediate: 50% / Advanced: 20%
Number of lifts 22 (Gondola: 1, Quad: 5, Triple: 3, Double: 13)
Skiers / Boarders Skiers: 60% / Boarders: 40%

Weather Data

  Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Average Monthly Snowfall (cm) 0 100 160 210 240 200 170 90
Average Temp. (°C) 8 0 -5 -9 -5 -5 4 7
Fair weather (% of time) - 50 65 40 63 60 70 75

Trail Guide

Nakiyama slope

Nakiyama slope

A good base to begin where beginner gradients merges nicely with intermediate and advanced terrain. This area is where you can slip into advanced classes as the terrain quickly changes nicely challenging you. The “wall of Mt. Nagi”, commonly called “Nakikabe”, has an inner wall and a large wall and the large wall is unstressed snow. It is also used for technical selection and certification, and it is a short distance but has a good response for improving your technique.
At the base of Nakiyama Slope, Happo-one Ski and Snowboard School has their check in office for lessons. There is also a kids and family snow play area 「Nakiyama Snowland」 and a free parking area nearby.

  • Slope gradientMax. 35°C / Average 17°C
  • Degree of difficultyIntermediate – Upper beginner
  • Course length750m

Riesen Slalom course

Riesen Slalom course

Shirakaba slope

Shirakaba slope

Located on the mid and base part of Happo, the area features three courses that are separated vertically. Courses can be selected according to your level, so everyone can enjoy together on the same slope even if the level is different in the group. Let's practice carving using the large slope. Because it is right next to the gondola “Adam”, it’s great for finding your rhythm and lapping up and down often.

  • Slope gradientMax. 20°C / Average 11°C
  • Degree of difficultyBeginner
  • Course length500m

Sakka slope

Sakka slope

The area is a comfortable family playfield next to Sakka Snow Plaza.
This is a large facility which has a wide indoor eatery and some outdoor seating too.
Sakka Area is equipped with restrooms, changerooms, lockers, a nursery (child-minding center) and kids rest space inside Snow Plaza Sakka.

  • Slope gradientMax. 18°C / Average 10°C
  • Degree of difficultyBeginner
  • Course length600m

Panorama course

Panorama course

A very popular intermediate course. It‘s perfect for the first warm up run after exiting from the gondola. The 16°C slope is great for carving turn practice. There is also a detour traverse, so if you can “ski,” “stop” and “turn” well then, you can challenge yourself with peace of mind. If you bypass the steep slope, it becomes a 10-15°C gradient and even beginners can challenge it.

  • Slope gradientMax. 25°C / verage 16°C
  • Degree of difficultyIntermediate
  • Course length700m

Usagidaira slope

Usagidaira slope

A narrow entry course which can be rough at first but the most attractive point is the complicated terrain as it is quite steep in the beginning, especially on a powder day after fresh snowfall. The course has unique terrain all the way to the to the end, so you can fully challenge and enjoy it. There are 3 levels of charm. In the middle part, there are many uniformed bumps, and in the final stage, the slopes change and become irregular with a large drop. The last drop is for experts with a high degree of difficulty.

  • Slope gradientMax. 31°C / Average 23°C
  • Degree of difficultyAdvanced
  • Course length800m

Kurobishi slope

Kurobishi slope

The famous Happo slope alongside Usagidaira. Master the “Monster Bumps and you're already a master of Happo! There are dozens of lines even with lots of bumps. On the lift side, the slope is hard and the attention of people admiring from the lift is also great. On a fresh powder day, the bumps are filled in and it becomes a powder maniac zone. In contrast, the Kurobishi second lower slope has a gentle flat gradient. The perfect spot to practice. The slope is north facing, so the snow quality is always very good.

  • Slope gradientMax. 31°C / Average 27°C
  • Degree of difficultyAdvanced
  • Course length630m

Skyline course

Skyline course

Connecting from Kurobishi all the way down to the Sakka grounds. Overall this course is smooth and moderate except for one slope that is located on the skier’s right next to the Skyline lift. This is ungroomed & on a powder day fantastic fun! When it does snow heavy, Skyline will be a gem for everyone. It is truly an attractive length offering ascending and descending terrain. From Kurobishi, the course offers a side traverse road continuing to Sakka, so even beginners can challenge with peace of mind and exit off before it becomes too difficult.

  • Slope gradientMax. 32°C / Average 16°C
  • Degree of difficultyIntermediate
  • Course length8,000m

Riesen Grat course

Riesen Grat course

You can enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking scenery of Japan's Northern Alps from the highlest elevation. Riesen Grat course features the finest views in Happo area.

  • Slope gradientMax. 30°C / Average 13°C
  • Degree of difficultyUpper intermediate - Expert
  • Course length600m

Central course

Central course

The attraction is a high-speed long turn on a steep slope with a beautifully levelled slope and the maximum slope along the skier's left can be felt. However, the short turn is the greatest feeling the fall line must be maintained. The powder run after a good snowfall is the best on this steep course. The bumps can be enjoyed by advanced skiers. The snow quality changes here due to sunshine from morning until the evening. Even if it is hard in the morning, it softens during the day, and in the evening it hardens again. Great practice for all-round skiers.

  • Slope gradientMax. 27°C / Average 17°C
  • Degree of difficultyAdvanced – Upper Intermediate
  • Course length1,200m

Olympic course I

Olympic course I

Men's downhill course of the Winter Olympics held in February 1998. From the panoramic course, go over the Russi jump and go down the corridor-like course, finally ski down to Kokusai slope. At first, there is a gentle and pleasant slope, followed by the adrenalin rush suitable for the next eager Olympians. Lastly, there is a twisted one-sided slope taking advantage of natural terrain. The so-called “Kokuichi”, without a detour, ski down to the goal area of the Olympic men ’s downhill.

  • Slope gradientMax. 35°C / Average 31°C
  • Degree of difficultyAdvanced
  • Course length3,000m

Olympic course II

Olympic course II

Women’s downhill course of the Winter Olympic held in February 1998. Currently it is used as a FIS, all-Japan tournament course. From the panorama course to the steep slope, immediate ski down to the so-called “Panokyu”, also known as “Tatekko” horse stop jump. At the end of the course, the corridor with a gentle slope continues, and the goal is the Sakka beginner slope. Beginners have a detour course so please use it.

  • Slope gradientMax. 35°C / Average 31°C
  • Degree of difficultyAdvanced
  • Course length2,650m

Kids & Beginner area

Nakiyama Snowland

Nakiyama Snowland

First time skiers and riders can learn very quickly on the gentle slope inside the beginners only area. The gradient of the slope is 5 degrees which makes it perfect to keep the excitement of learning how to balance, turn and adjust on the slope! Kids can play in the snow all day, making shapes, snowman, castles and snowballs! We have also installed a 70m moving belt with a dome. Beginners can move around easily conserving their energy for the downhill challenge.
Adult・Child ¥1,200

Expert course

Tenbo course

Tenbo course

Drop into this seriously steep pitch right under the Nagano Olympic Men‘s SG Start House. Roughly 37 degree south facing slope from Usagidaira area. There are a few tricky sections in the beginning such as the steepness & the angle when sliding back to the main Riesen Slalom course. We recommend using the natural banks & rolling slope for an exciting & thrilling adventure. The start point is an amazing sight-seeing spot & on a clear day, one can see as far as the southern alps.

  • Slope gradientMax. 37°C / Average 30°C
  • Degree of difficultyExpert
  • Course length250m

Omusubi – off piste

Omusubi – off piste

The finest powder area opened to the public in 2018-2019 season. Enter Omusubi by gliding down to the traverse road from Skyline to Panorama course.
The upper open face is approximately 30°C plus gradient and offers an epic start point to begin your long carving turns. From this point the opposing groomer runs in the foreground and superb mountain and valley panoramic views are impressive. As you glide into the mid-area, you will find many natural kickers and enjoy the wild terrain. The bottom ends with a thrilling tree run area. This ungroomed off-piste terrain is for experts who ultimately can stir up adventure and have an epic glide even if it is not powder packed on the day.

  • Slope gradientMax. 33°C / Average 27°C
  • Degree of difficultyExpert
  • Course length500m

Urakuro – off piste

Urakuro – off piste

Specially designated area on the north side of Kuroishi #3 pair lift. Enjoy the finest powder against the backdrop of the dynamic mountain peaks of the Northern Alps! This off-piste area is steep, challenging and requires experience in unpredictable terrain. For experts this is a highly desirable black diamond mission and with the natural snow conditions at an altitude of 1,600m, it is pure adrenalin feeling!

  • Slope gradientMax. 31°C / Average 27°C
  • Degree of difficultyExpert
  • Course length800m

Snow Safety

Hakuba Happo-one Ski Resort Terms and Conditions of Use

The terms of use of this ski area and transportation contract for cableway business are in accordance with the "Hakuba Happo-one Ski Area Terms and Conditions of Use".
Contract for Lift and Mountain Access, Terms and Conditions of Use

Hakuba Valley Snow Resort Boundary Information

HAKUBAVALLEY ski resorts have introduced an integrated boundary sign poles, markings and slope signage for your safety.
All guests who enjoy snow sports in our resorts, please pay close attention to the resort map, signs, markings, and boundary poles in all areas.

Yellow and Black colored boundary sign poles:

Yellow and Black colored sign poles (shown in Picture 1) mark the ski area boundary beyond these markings is outside the controlled area. Beyond the boundary is recognized as an uncontrolled area and is subjected to numerous risk factors with severe consequences. Please be aware of the danger and always stay inside the boundary.
For those who exit the resort for hiking or backcountry Snowsports, you will be required to go through the designated resort exit gate and prohibited to exit from other areas. Ensure you have all the appropriate safety equipment and knowledge or are in expert company to minimize the risks in the backcountry.

Notice:
In the case of bad weather conditions, we strongly recommend not exiting the resort into the alpine area (especially Hakuba Goryu) due to increased risks.
If there are areas of the resort that are closed, please refrain from entering as these areas have been deemed unsafe for specific reasons. Only enter these areas if the gates are open and restrictions and signage have been removed by Patrol. If you require any further information, please ask the Ski Patrol.

Yellow top colored sign poles:

Indicate "no-ski zones" and "closed zones" inside the ski resort management area.
As shown in the pictures below these yellow top colored sign poles mark restricted areas inside the ski resort. It is prohibited to ski or snowboard in these areas when closed by Patrol for any reason.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in adhering to the guidelines put in place for the enjoyment and safety of all guests.

HAKUBA VALLEY Safety Tips Safety Precautions
- please enjoy skiing and backcountry safely -

While skiing please do not hold a camera, smartphone, or other photographic equipment in your hand.
For more information

Avalanche Management and Risk Assessment

Hakuba Happo-one Ski Resort conducts daily avalanche assessment in the morning and throughout the day. When there is a risk of an avalanche occurring in the ski area, Happo Ski Patrol will ski cut certain areas and use explosives to artificially trigger the avalanche.
Until the safety of the slope and off-piste areas have been risk assessed and confirmed, the lift operations and slopes will remain closed. Please note that the opening times may be later than scheduled.
In the event that the risk of avalanche increases during the day due to heavy snowfall, strong winds, rain, warm temperatures and other weather conditions, Happo Ski Patrol avalanche control operations may be conducted at any time to ensure the safety of our guests.
If explosives are to be used, Patrollers with the required qualifications will work carefully and securely based on experience, knowledge and judgment. Please be aware that loud explosive noises will be heard when explosives have been ignited or on a warm or clear day, the noise could be even louder than expected. Please be understanding of this situation and thank you for your cooperation.

Snow Safety

  1. SNOW RESORT PROHIBITED AREAS: As mentioned on the map, DO NOT ski or ride in the prohibited terrain in the resort and the area outside a boundary line. Please do ask Ski Patrol or Authorized Personnel if it is not clear.
  2. FREERIDING AREA “OMUSUBI”: OMUSUBI freeride area is limited to advanced and expert riders. Skiing/riding is permitted in this area only when the gate is open.
  3. SEARCH and RESCUE FEES: If we support search and rescue operation outside the resort area, we shall request the payment of relevant expenses. This will also be adapted to an operation in the prohibited terrain in the resort.
  4. GUESTS DUTIES and OBLIGATIONS: For your safety, we kindly request all guests to observe and follow any instructions from the resort management and the Ski Patrol. Please follow and practice the Hakuba Valley Safety Tips as part of your responsibility when visiting our resort.
  5. MOUNTAIN CLIMBMING and BACK COUNTRY SKIING: Please follow the relevant procedures before undertaking a mountain climbing and Backcounty skiing. Fill in and submit notification form registered with police. Trailheads are installed trailhwads are mark “G”.
  6. DRONES are prohibited unless the operator obtains consent from the Happo-One snow resort management.
  7. REFUSAL TO ENTER: Refusal to abide by this agreement will immediately in cancellation or refusal to enter the resort. Any fees will not be refunded regardless of the reason.

There are inherent dangers in snow sports, such as falls, collisions, poor weather conditions, and poor visibility. Please be aware of these dangers and enjoy your stay. The safety management of the snow resort corresponds to the Snow Sports Safety Standards established by the Japan Association of Skiing Safety(JASS)