Hakuba 47 Lifts & Terrain

Hakuba 47 Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

  • Vertical (m)
    820 – 1,614 (794)
  • Average Snow Fall
    12  metres
  • Lifts (6)
    1 gondola
    1 quad chair
  • Ski Season
    early Dec - early May
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 8
    Longest run – 6.4 km
    Advanced - 30%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Lift Prices (Day: 17/18)
    Adult - 5,000 yen
    Child - 2,700 yen
In isolation, the Hakuba 47 Ski Resort is a reasonably small ski area with only 8 courses and 6 lifts, although it has a decent vertical drop of 794 metres (820-1,614m). The Hakuba 47 skiing terrain ratings reflect that there isn’t much variety for any ability level. Of course, Hakuba 47 is inter-connected with Goryu Ski Resort (except when the winds are ferocious) which provides a little more terrain, and if you catch a bus, you’ve got all of Hakuba Valley to play with!

Lifts

Hakuba 47 Ski Resort has 6 lifts which incorporates 1 gondola, 1 express quad chair lift and 4 pair lifts (one goes at a decent clip). The gondola doesn’t run the full vertical of the resort, which is probably a good thing otherwise the gondola wouldn’t run on windy days.

The lift layout has a little clunkiness to it. For example, the terrain on skier’s right entails the necessity to ride the full vertical of the resort, and the lower parts can get rather repetitive.

Lift Tickets

Lift tickets for Hakuba 47 also provide access to Goryu Ski Resort. Lift passes bought on the day are cheaper than the Hakuba Valley pass, and many hotels and pensions provide discounted lift passes which makes it even cheaper (although you may have to pay cash for it). The advantages of the Hakuba Valley pass are that some of the buses to the ski resort are free, you can ski at multiple Hakuba ski areas each day (e.g. if the weather closes a key lift at one resort), and multi-day passes save the hassle of lining up to buy a ticket at the window.

Kids under 6 years of age ski for free at Hakuba 47/Goryu.

Hakuba 47 Snow

The snow god (Puki Yuki) sends down plenty of manna from heaven (12+ metres on average per season), and Hakuba 47 has the added bonus of having largely north to northeast facing slopes so the snow generally stays in divine condition. And whilst not as high as Happo One Ski Resort, the top elevation is still very good and conducive to maintaining nice snow quality.

Hakuba 47 Skiing for the Beginner

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 narrow green run that snakes down the full 794 metres of vertical which often has scary bottlenecks.

For the Intermediate

Intermediates don’t have a huge amount of variety. There is a short run adjacent to the terrain park, another short-ish red run, and then a long steep run that heads down to the base. It’s a ripper of a run, but naturally it’s not quite so exciting when you’ve already done in 20 times.

Terrain Parks & Pipe

The Big Terrain 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! Hakuba 47 also has a small terrain park for beginners.

Advanced Skiing On-Piste

Hakuba 47 has one black piste and a double black run whereby the expert rating is not really that warranted. The run only hits a maximum of 32 degrees, and the real challenge only comes from the size of the moguls.

Off Piste Skiing Hakuba 47

Previously very conservative, Hakuba 47 has become rather progressive for a Honshu ski resort. Once upon a time, the patrollers were incredibly uptight and there were hundreds of signs to indicate that powder fun is prohibited. You could only ride the deciduous trees on low vis days.

Now tree skiing at Hakuba 47 is permitted, albeit with some provisos. Hakuba 47 Ski Resort has several small “Open Tree Zones” where it’s a free for all with respect to tree skiing. These zones are not far from the piste and are relatively easy, so they’re ideal for powder puppies experimenting in the powder. However fresh powder doesn’t last long in these areas, which makes it a little more challenging.

There are also a couple of “Tree Riding Members Zones” where you have to join the “Double Black Diamond Club” in order to ski there (or ski patrol will pull your lift pass). You have to register at the ski school and listen to a short lecture that doesn’t cover pertinent points like riding with a tree buddy and you don’t even have to wear an avalanche beacon (let alone know how to use it). You also have to sign a waiver, get an ID card, and then don an ugly bib (which makes getting into your pockets or getting to your avalanche beacon tricky), and return by 3pm or else you have to pay for rescue charges. Thankfully you only have to go through this full process once, and on subsequent days you just have to show them your ID card to get a bib.

Whinging aside, the terrain in these small members zones is mighty nice and includes some steeps and even little features to launch off. Freshies are also a fraction easier to come by. It seems that the resort has undertaken a little glading, although in some spots the trees are nicely tight.

Sidecountry & Backcountry

Hakuba 47 and Goryu have some very tasty sidecountry zones but it’s expressly forbidden (and can be avalanche prone) so you’ll need to be super invisible and careful.

In the same vein as Happo One, Hakuba 47 provides access to some awesome backcountry terrain above the resort.