Trail Guide

Tenbo course

展望コース

A thrilling start to your day, this is for experts only. Drop into the steep descent right under the Nagano Olympic Men's SG Start House. An open face with a maximum slope of 37 degrees south facing to the Sugadaira area. There are a few tricky sections in the beginning such as the steepness and the angle when sliding back to the main Reisen Slalom course. We recommend using the natural banks and rolling slope to make the most out of this adrenalin pumping run and then take the Alpen quad lift to challenge it again. The starting point is an amazing sight-seeing spot that overlooks the southern alps. An all-around area where you can enjoy the scenery alone at 1,600m.

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

Omusubi – off piste

おむすびオフピステ

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

Omusubi * Area precautions

  • Only enter when the gate is open.
  • The OPEN / CLOSE of the area will be decided on the day, Happo Ski Patrol will assess the area and check snow and weather conditions.
  • Depending on the avalanche risk level and weather conditions (strong wind, icy conditions, poor visibility etc.), it may be closed for your safety.
  • Please exit Omusubi as indicated by the marked exit points as illustrated on the signboard next to the entrance gate.
  • Both sides of the area are regulated by poles and signboards. Do not enter restricted areas. As Happo area rules apply, please be do not enter the side and backcountry from this point. Only enter backcountry from the top gate at Grat quad lift.

Urakuro – off piste

黒菱オフピステ

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

Kurobishi offpiste “Urakuro” entrance gate

* Area precautions

  • Only enter when the gate is open.
  • The OPEN / CLOSE of the area will be decided on the day, Happo Ski Patrol will assess the area and check snow and weather conditions.
  • Depending on the avalanche risk level and weather conditions (strong wind, icy conditions, poor visibility etc.), it may be closed for your safety.
  • The north side of the area is regulated by poles and signboards. The north side is a restricted area. As Happo area rules apply, please be do not enter the side and backcountry from this point. Only exit backcountry from the top gate at Grat quad lift.

Riesen Grat course

リーゼングラートコース

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

Riesen Slalom course

リーゼンスラロームコース

Happo-one's figurehead course – The undulating Riesen Slalom features a 3000m length intermediate course which upper beginners are also able to challenge.

  • Slope gradientMax. 30°C / Average 20°C
  • Degree of difficultyIntermediate – Upper intermediate
  • Course length3,050m

Olympic course I

オリンピックコース 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 length2,998m

Olympic course II

オリンピックコース 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 length2,648m

Central course

セントラルコース

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 length1,800m

Panorama course

パノラマコース

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 length2,000m

Skyline course

スカイラインコース

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. SKYLINE the BANKS is located within the Skyline course with set banks and groomed shapes to enjoy as riders surf the side course in the treelined areas.

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

Kitaone course

北尾根コース

This course boasts an excellent location in Happo. From the Kitaone plateau at the entrance of the course, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Northern Alps and Hakuba three peaks and iconic symbol of Hakuba. The course descends to the Sakka slope and is steep with an upper, middle, and lower tier. For beginners, there is a detour course on the traverse road so you can descend and exit safely. Be cautious with speed and control.

  • Slope gradientMax. 31°C / Average 15°C
  • Degree of difficultyAdvanced
  • Course length2,915m

Usagidaira slope

兎平ゲレンデI

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

黒菱ゲレンデI

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 length500m

Nakiyama slope

名木山ゲレンデ

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. The night slope operates here from 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

  • Slope gradientMax. 35°C / Average 17°C
  • Degree of difficultyIntermediate – Upper beginner
  • Course length560m

Shirakaba slope

白樺ゲレンデ

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 length590m

Sakka slope

咲花ゲレンデI

The spacious and gentle slopes are perfect for beginners and small children's “Happo debut” Let's experience “slide” and “stop”. You can also enjoy playing in the snow such as sledding and tubing. The area a comfortable family playfield and is near to the Sakka Cafeteria equipped with toilets, change rooms, lockers, kids play space and a ski school.

  • Slope gradientMax. 18°C / Average 10°C
  • Degree of difficultyBeginner
  • Course length400m

Sakka Kids Park

キッズパーク(咲花)

This kid's ground is protected by safety nets, kid's can enjoy fun and safe snow activities. An automatically moving walk-way is prepared for beginner skiers and little kids.
Kids Park

  • Course length200m

Usagidaira Kids Park

うさぎ平キッズパーク

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.
Kids Park

HAPPO BANKS THE SNOW PARK

HAPPO BANKS THE SNOW PARK

A unique snow park laid out around the Kitaone slope. "Where and what to do" on the course is free. Depending on the choice of the line, jump points and banks have been mounded and groomed into the entire course. If you use the lip of the bank you can enjoy jib tricks and ride the frozen waves!

  • Course length465m

HAPPO BANKS THE SNOW PARK

SKYLINE the BANKS

Based on the HAPPO BANKS concept but more radical mounds set within the Skyline course.