A medium-sized resort compared to those in the U.S. and rather small compared to some of the big ones in Europe. Runs for beginners all the way up to advanced skiers.
The beginner area is busy even on weekdays, but all the other areas are very quiet. It is much busier on weekends and especially during the Chinese New Year.
http://www.hakubapowderlodging.com/ — A great place to spend your time in Hakuba. Lodge with various options to stay. Single, double, and quad rooms, suites. Internet, common kitchen, living and TV room, etc.
If you stay in Hakuba and intend to ski the resorts in the area, you don’t really need a car. Shuttle buses and/or trains will bring you to the resorts. Don’t ski the chair line—Cameras! You will know which line I’m talking about….Heavy wind will affect the resort big time! With only the gondola open it is not worth going there. It’s even worse if only the double chair at the base is running. It is too slow and too short to have fun. Go to another resort if you can, or take a day off.
Every Friday there is an Aussie BBQ at the White Horse Hotel. Great food for 2000 yen. Authentic Japanese sushi restaurant. Can’t recall the name. Some of the best sushi I ever had. Walk from train station along the main road for about 10min. Vis a vis of “Apple xxx” shopping. Very small and they don’t speak English. Might be difficult to order but well worth the effort. Not cheap but soooo gooood. Fantastic authentic Japanese food at Oshimos (don’t know the spelling but make sure to go there). About 1000 yen, and you get a lot for it.
How To Get There
Ski bus several times during the morning. Taxi.
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