Overall Rating

Hakuba Cortina

Hakuba Cortina3.5/56
Hakuba Cortina3.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
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Hakuba Cortina - Reviews

Hakuba Cortina - Reviews

Lucky Times

POWDERHOUNDS.COM11/07/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January

Lucky Times

POWDERHOUNDS.COM11/07/2018
Lunch time fresh in the off-piste
The striking hotel (that snow plough looks tiring!)
Impressive backdrop
Tree skiing in-bounds at Cortina
We’d heard that Cortina was “done” as a powder hound destination because all the Euros devour the slopes in a nano-second (apparently our fault!), so we were pleasantly surprised to ski plenty of fresh powder, especially for a very peak period. Sure there could be many powder days where the little Cortina doesn’t handle too many powder punters, but we absolutely lucked in. Cortina was rather quiet and neighbouring Norikura was ridiculously uncrowded. By lunch time there were still a few fresh-ish lines in the off-piste zones of Cortina, plenty of fresh in the sidecountry, and Norikura remained rather untouched (except for the pawing from us hounds).

Definitely get a combined Cortina Norikura lift pass – you can check out our Norikura review here.

You can also see our Japan ski resorts ratings to see how we compare Hakuba Cortina and Norikura to lots of other Japanese ski areas.

Powder Heaven

Jarrod Diermajer27/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Powder Heaven

Jarrod Diermajer27/06/2015
Cortina is an epic mountain when it gets hit with some snow. The tree runs are some of the best i have experienced in all of the Hakuba region. And if your lucky enough to score a powder day you will not be disappointed. It is one of the furthest mountains from the Happo info centre, so if you want to head out there on a powder day. You will need to get up early, to ensure you get some sweet powder runs as it will get tracked out rather quickly.

When we purchased the lift ticket for Cortina, it entitles you to a discounted meal at the hotel and admission to use their onsen which we found a great way to finish your day on the mountain.

On a side note, if you are heading to Hakuba. i'd recommend purchasing your tickets on the day for the mountain you decide to go to. we purchased an all mountain pass which ended up providing no financial saving and still required us to go to the ticket office of every mountain to pick up our mountain swipe card for the day. we also found that when you purchased a day pass for most mountains they will give to a discount coupon to ride the same mountain the next day for half the price. a saving we never received with the advanced purchase...

All in all, an epic mountain for riding some fresh tracks.

3 epic days!!

Ian Stuck02/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35

3 epic days!!

Ian Stuck02/09/2014
A little bit of snow goes a long way in this little slice of heaven! Being protected from the wind by the bowl shape of the resort area and the trees powder is well preserved. Don't sleep in though because the off-piste in bounds gets tracked out by midday but is well worth getting up for! If you take the plunge over the back it gets even better!!! Plus, there's fun to be had for riders of all abilities! For me, short of doing a back-country tour, it is the pick of the Hakuba Valley resorts.

Pow,pow,pow

Michael10/08/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Pow,pow,pow

Michael10/08/2014
This place rocks or should I say snows endlessly because powder is what draws you here and there is plenty to go around. In the time I was here it constantly snowed so you never had to worry about running out of that light fluffy stuff. Cortina has runs to suit everyone whether you want steeps, groomed or trees but in all honesty everyone comes here for the powder.

Cortina - Review

Joey Croke20/04/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17

Cortina - Review

Joey Croke20/04/2014
Very good, powder packed! Good advanced, intermediate and beginner groomed runs, as well as non groomed black runs and more off piste backcountry powder than you could imagine.

The ski in ski out accomodation is truly a palace, with ski hire, restaurants and onsens to make you happy!

Hakuba Favourite

POWDERHOUNDS.COM06/04/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Hakuba Favourite

POWDERHOUNDS.COM06/04/2014
Cortina is our favourite of the Hakuba ski resorts for multiple reasons. Sure it doesn’t have the shopping, restaurants, nightlife and ease of English spoken in every establishment as found in the main part of Hakuba, but that’s also part of the attraction of Cortina. And then there’s the awesome tree skiing, the easily accessed side-country, the abundance of snow, no patrollers chasing you, and fewer punters to share the powder with compared to Happo One.

So the skiing is superb, but we can also recommend a short multi-day stay at Cortina.

Our thoughts on the pros and cons are pretty much covered on the overview of Cortina Japan page.