The Hakuba 47 name originates from the concept of 4 seasons, 7 days a week, but it’s most well known for being the Hakuba 47 Ski Resort, a great Hakuba ski area to head for the day to enjoy the peak of winter.
Hakuba 47 shares a lift pass and is interconnected with the Goryu Ski Resort
which is generally much mellower than 47, and what sets it apart from its other Hakuba ski resort
counterparts are the fantastic terrain park and the snow quality. The snow gods send down plenty of manna from heaven (11 metres on average per season), and Hakuba 47 has the added bonus of having largely north facing slopes so the snow generally stays in divine condition. Get on that white horse and ride til you get your powder fix!
Hakuba 47 Ski and Snowboard Terrain
By itself the Hakuba 47 ski resort is rather small with only 6 lifts (including a gondola and a fast quad chair), 8 official runs, and 80 acres of piste terrain, yet combined with Goryu
it’s a decent sized resort.
Hakuba 47 has a little bit of terrain for the different ability levels. The official trail stats are 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 30% advanced although there are 5 different levels of trail difficulty on the trail map (2 levels of green, red, and 2 levels of black) but the resort is confused as to whether to be European or North American because in reality there are also blue runs!
Hakuba 47 Ski Resort is not the best Hakuba ski resort for beginners, with only a little bit of green terrain. The little powder pups can have lessons near the base where there’s a magic carpet. At the top of the gondola is another small beginners’ area and there’s a difficult green run that snakes down the full 794 metres of vertical.
For intermediates there are a few long steep runs, whilst for advanced riders 47 has a couple of piste runs including the R-3, which is typically covered in really large moguls.
The Big Snow Park is not particularly big in size but some of the kickers are big! The terrain park also includes a half pipe and rails and it’s close to the lifts so it’s great for big show ponies!
Off-Piste Skiing Hakuba 47
To say that the patrollers are uptight about going off-piste would be an understatement, with massive fences and seemingly hundreds of signs to indicate that powder fun is prohibited. This could be very frustrating for the average powder punter and the many deciduous trees make it rather difficult to be discrete. However it is possible to ski off-piste if you’re willing to take the risk of losing your pass, or you wait for low vis days or wear a white outfit!
There are some steep trees to the skiers’ left of the quad chair (just don’t drop too low to the creek) or easy trees between the green trail that weaves down the mountain.
The resort also generously offers a very tiny area where you’re allowed to head off-piste if you’re a member of the “Double Black Diamond Club”. To become a member requires that you have the patience of a saint to make it through the arduous Japanese-esque processes.
In the same vein as Happo One
, Hakuba 47 provides access to some awesome backcountry terrain above the resort.
Where is Hakuba 47 Ski Resort?
Hakuba 47 is 5km by road from the Hakuba train station and 5km from Happo, the main tourist hub of the Hakuba Valley
. See the Hakuba travel
page for information on the location of Hakuba Japan and how to get there.
The Hakuba 47 Ski Resort is flanked by Happo One
ski resort to the north and Goryu
to the south. Goryu is interconnected with Hakuba 47 at the top, whilst it’s about 3km by shuttle bus between the base of Hakuba 47 and the Iimori base of Goryu.
It’s easy to get to Hakuba 47 for a day trip from the main Hakuba accommodation hubs, with regular bus services from Happo, Wadano and Echoland. Bus timetables are available from your accommodation, the Happo Information Centre, or at the bus stop.
Hakuba 47 Accommodation
There is no village or accommodation at the base of Hakuba 47. There are several lodgings close by and accommodation available at Goryu, but most people stay in Happo or Wadano. See the Hakuba accommodation
page for more information.
Most of the ski resort amenities are housed at the base of Hakuba 47. Hakuba 47 Sports Shop has ski and snowboard rentals and sells basic accessories. The Hakuba 47 School Centre offers ski and snowboard lessons in English. Snowboarders can have group lessons in English, but for skiers this is only provided in a private lesson format. Child care is offered in the same area for 2-6 year olds (9-noon and 1-4pm).
The base area has quite a few options for food and drinks including a large cafeteria, a pizza joint, an izakaya, a bar, and a taco outlet.
Summary of Pros and Cons
- The slopes are much steeper than most of the other nearby resorts.
- Hakuba 47 is renowned for its terrain park and the halfpipe which is somewhat of a rarity in Japan.
- The quality of the snow is well retained due to the aspect of the slopes.
- Like some of the other Hakuba resorts, 47 offers great views across to Happo One and the mountains that tower above it.
- Combined with Goryu, it offers decent sized terrain.
- There is no ski-in ski-out accommodation or village at Hakuba 47.
Pro or Con Depending on your Perspective
- Off-piste skiing is frowned upon but it is possible with extreme care. The advantage of the prohibition on tree skiing is that no one goes in there so there are lots of freshies. Some of the tree skiing is delightfully steep.
Tours that may include Hakuba 47