Cortina

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Pros
  • Higher snowfall than other mountains in Hakuba Valley
  • Steep tree lines all over the resort
  • Easy access to off-piste terrain from lifts
  • Abundance of pillows and drops in the backcountry
  • Best family-friendly night skiing in Hakuba Valley
Cons
  • Not much variety of runs for beginners
  • Large crowds on powder days
  • Base has one hotel with a few dining options
  • Isolated location
Overall
4

Known for its deep powder and some of the best tree skiing in the Hakuba Valley, Cortina has become quite popular in recent years. It might not be the largest resort around, but Cortina does serve up plenty of fantastic trails plus tons of powder-filled off-piste adventures, especially for advanced and intermediate skiers. The Hotel Green Plaza, a huge ski-in/ski-out hotel, makes up the base of the resort and has everything guests need to enjoy a few days on the slopes.  

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to late March.

Between January to the end of March is the best time to visit Cortina. If you visit any time outside of this period, the lack of snowfall might limit the skiable terrain.

FLY TO

Narita International Airport

BUS TO

Cortina (6-6.5 hours)

Hotel Green Plaza (Walk)

  • The only hotel at Cortina which makes up the base area
  • Large ski-in/ski-out hotel with a range of rooms for up to 7 guests
  • Has everything from a convenience store to restaurants

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Hakuba Village/ Happo Village (8-10 mi)

  • Both villages are close to one another
  • Have the most accommodation, dining and nightlife options
  • Great base for exploring different ski resorts in Hakuba Valley

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For beginners

Beginners will have a few trails to choose from at Cortina, though the main beginner run is Ikenota Gelande. Just off the No.2 lift, it's a long wide trail with plenty of room for beginners to practice their turns and there are no trails on either side so they won't get lost. This is the same course used for night skiing. If you're after more variety of green slopes, check out the Goryu side at Hakuba 47 & Goryu instead.

For intermediates

Intermediates trails can be found across the resort; warm up on the Ipponmatsu course off the No. 1 lift before progressing onto the slightly more difficult Rabbit Course off the No. 3 lift. If you're confident with tight turns, the powder-filled trees in the sidecountry are great fun!

For experts

The Hiedayama side of the mountain is our pick for advanced skiers and riders as it's north-facing and has tons shade from the trees that keep the snow fresher for longer; perfect for powder skiing. The backcountry near the No. 4 lift also has fantastic tree runs that are packed with untracked freshies!

Find freshies

The best spot to find freshies is in the off-piste area off the No. 4 and No.5 lifts! The off-piste slopes are steep (30-40 degrees in fact!) and packed with powder-filled trees which generally sees more snow any other ski resorts in Hakuba Valley!

Ditch the crowds

With all the incredible snow the resort gets, Cortina draws quite a crowd, especially on powder days. The No.4 lift can get busy with queues of up to 10-minutes. But trust us, it's worth it, especially if you're an advanced skier as this lift serves the Hiedayama area.

Non skiers

Given its isolated location, there isn't much for non-skiers to do at Cortina besides soaking in the onsens (hot springs) at the plaza. There are more activities and shopping If they're willing to venture out, there are day trips to the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and the Matsumoto Castle.

Families

The Hotel Green Plaza is the base of the resort, a huge ski-in/ski-out hotel where families can conveniently find everything they need from lodging to food. On the slopes, the green Ikenota Gelande is the most family-friendly run (and night skiing trail in Hakuba Valley) which also conveniently ends at the hotel.

Cortina vs
CortinaHakuba 47 & Goryu
beginner40 %30 %
intermediate30 %40 %
advanced30 %30 %
expert--
total runs16 24
ski area124ac -
summit elevation4,600ft 5,499ft
total lifts7 19
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket¥4,000 JPY ($36 USD) ¥5,000 JPY ($45 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall448″ 176″

Cortina Reviews

Fabulous 4.2 / 5
based on 29 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

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Fabulous!4.2 / 5Dec 04, 2017
TWTimothy W.
advanced snowboarder
Was amazing! It is worth the extra drive from the centre of hakuba. Gets slightly more snow than the other mountains when it snows because it is closer to the ocean.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 04, 2017
HLHugh L.
expert snowboarder
I went to cortina last year. The slopes were alittle crowd but there is still plently of pow to share. Cortina has alot of heavy slopes on the side that are really fun. The bottom is really family friendly... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Dec 04, 2017
JPJay P.
advanced snowboarder
Beautiful resort with the stunning plaza/chateau at the base. Best powder and terrain on Hakuba and the staff are really friendly. Loved this place so much I'm coming back this year.... More
Good!3.8 / 5Dec 04, 2017
DJDan J.
expert snowboarder
Cortina is the hidden gem of the Hakuba Valley! Great snow, short lift lines and a breathtaking European style lodge make this unique destination an experience you won't want to miss.... More
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Dec 04, 2017
MGMorgan G.
advanced snowboarder
Best off piste resort in the greater Hakuba region by a long way. Has a monster hotel at the base and has a great deal more tree runs and side country access than any other resort near by. Will cater for beginners but really shines when you start to leave the trails.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Dec 04, 2017
SBShea B.
beginner snowboarder
Absolutely the best resort for a blue-bird day. Views are stunning, and slopes are awesome. Massive range from beginner to advanced. Put it on your list if you're in Hakuba... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Dec 04, 2017
MAMatthew A.
advanced snowboarder
Great small resort, easily accessible from the main town of Hakuba by bus, but be careful to not miss the return bus. Plenty of pow to ride and some fun runs through the trees.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Dec 03, 2017
BBBryan B.
expert snowboarder
Into the trees, into a turn, into the white room. The best powder on any ski hill will almost always be found among the trees. Where most Japanese ski resorts prohibit riding anywhere other than established runs, Cortina not only permits but promotes the quality of riding one can experience in the depths of its timber. The mountain has enough... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 22, 2017
IJEHIzaak James Evans H.
advanced skier
This resort becomes your best friend on a powder day around the hakuba area. A combination of awesome back country through trees and stunning views of the surrounding slopes makes for the perfect week in the Japanese Pow!... More

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