Happo One Japan

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Trails

Beginner
30%
Intermediate
50%
Advanced / Expert
20%

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Overview

The Good

  • Highest vertical, longest run and most trails in the Hakuba Valley!
  • Frequent powder dumps all season long, perfect for powder skiing
  • Diverse terrain, from Olympic ski racing trails to wide gentle groomers
  • Backcountry gate makes going off-piste easy
  • Easy access to the slopes from most lodgings within the resort

The Bad

  • Lack of beginner terrain 
  • Less snowfall than Niseko, but still plenty of pow 
  • The upper mountain is exposed so windhold can be an issue
  • Only one main gondola to access the upper mountain and there are some old and slow chairlifts 
  • Weekends and holidays see plenty of crowds

Find Freshies: In-bound freshies get tracked out quickly so make your way to the top of the Kurobishi off-piste zone for the fresh stuff before weaving through the powder-filled trees off the Skyline Course!

Ditch the Crowds: Go off-piste to avoid the crowds on holidays and weekends. The backcountry is easily accessible via a gate at the top but its definitely worth hiring a guide who can show you to the gnarliest gullies!

Local's Pick: The Skyline Course has everything from bumps to bounce through, banks to launch off and deep pow between the trees in the sidecountry. The Riesen Grats Course and the Riesen Slalom Course are also honorable mentions. 

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Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews

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JTJona T.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Jan 01, 2018
Happo One offers an unforgettable adventure. Especially if you like riding in the backcountry. The pow is so unbelievable soft and deep an the slopes are amazing. One of my best experiences I made so far!... More
MWMarcel W.
advanced skier
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 30, 2017
A very nice skiing resort for more people in a group. Happo One is a skiing resort for everyone, so it is for beginners too expertes. You can ride blue, red or black lines.... More
JSJessi S.
intermediate snowboarder
Good!

3.7 / 5

Dec 29, 2017
Happo One ski resort is a larger resort. With a great amount of groomed runs, it is perfect for intermediate riders. But, it also has a variety of runs for beginners and advanced skiers and boarders.... More
SCShane C.
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 28, 2017
H-akuba is by far the best place I have ever snowboarded. A-nnual snowfall of 10 metres. K-ick back with a Sake or Asahi at a restaurant on the mountain. U-ndeniable fun on every run at Happo One. B-uried in powder everyday while I was there. A-mazing choice between 9... More
CWCharles W.
advanced skier
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Dec 26, 2017
Happo One is figuratively and literally the heart of a Hakuba ski holiday. You can ski the same gold medal runs as they did at the 1998 olympics. Great for all abilities with long wide open terrain and excellent grooming. Also easy access to advance back country... More
HWHarold W.
expert snowboarder
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Dec 23, 2017
This mountain has it all extreme speedrun verticals, beginner tree runs and a north face full of off piste powder bowls. Has to be one of the best resorts I have been and I would love to return and share a new experience with a friend.... More
SKSimon K.
beginner snowboarder
Good!

3.6 / 5

Dec 22, 2017
Very nice and comfortable location, the rooms are comfortable with great bedding and services, i love the food here as well. The courses are beginner friendly since i am a beginner myself. highly recommend!!... More
JRJackson R.
intermediate snowboarder
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Dec 21, 2017
Best powder in the world, Big spacious ski runs, Insane scenery, The time of your life. Skiing the Hakuba resort was the most amazing skiing experience of my life, my family and I roamed the slopes for 10 days straight enjoying the bliss of gliding down the Japanese ski... More
JRJeremy R.
beginner skier
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Dec 19, 2017
Happo One Hakuba is so much more than fantastic slopes which average eleven meters of snow a season. It has amazing views of the Japanese Alps and sits just minutes from Happo Village filled with souvenir shops, eateries, bars, hotels and yes Japanese Onsen hot spring baths. For... More
AGAshley G.
advanced skier
Good!

3.8 / 5

Dec 17, 2017
We had a great time at the Mominoki Hotel, it was close enough to the resort to walk (but definitely not ski in ski out), had a great onsen. Happo One is a great resort with one of the best terrain parks I've seen in Japan. On the bluebird days the views are amazing. I feel like... More

Lifts

Gondola & Tram
1
High Speed Quads
5
Triple Chairs
3
Double Chairs
14

Elevation

Base
2,493 feet
Summit
6,007 feet
Vertical drop
3,514 feet

Terrain

Total runs
13
Terrain Parks
1
Longest Run
5 miles
Skiable Terrain
437 acres
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