SnowMachine Resorts Guide
Over the 4 days of Snow Machine you’ll get to explore 4 of the best resorts in the Hakuba Valley. Happo one, Iwatake, Goryu and Hakuba 47.
Experience Japan’s biggest and best ski resort and the centre of all the action. Most accommodation is located around Happo, where you’ll experience a vibrant village life with plenty of restaurants, bars and services within walking distance.
With 23 lifts and a Gondala, Happo has a vast range of runs to suit all ability levels. Float down the skyline course for epic tree runs and deep powder, or head up to highest peak at Reisen Grat and ride all the way down to Kokusai area. Not so confident? Stick to the mellow Sakka area near Wadano to warm up those ski legs while soaking in the views. If you’re looking for a park, the Happo Banks terrain park is great on clear days while powder hounds can also enjoy some backcountry riding through the gates!
Located at the top of the gondola, The Corona Deck is one of the many amazing Snow Machine activations, hosted each day by First Base’s Tom Tilley & Hugo Gruzman and special guests. Head there for your vintage apres soiree… throw-back onsie’s a must!
Only a 10-minute drive from the centre of Happo, Iwatake has something for everyone and is home to some of the most mouthwatering tree runs Japan has to offer. Free shuttles buses run all day so you won’t have to worry about transportation to and from the resorts.
The Sawa course and Sunny Valley are best for beginners and those who are still building up their confidence, while the rest of the mountain is prefect for intermediate to advanced riders. For intermediate riders take the gondola up to the top and enjoy gondy laps all day back to the base. Designated tree runs are the ‘cream of the crop’ on powder days plus a bonus, its generally has a quieter atmosphere. For the best powder, the ‘View’ over the back side is the place to go, boasting the freshest snow and a natural gully which forms an adrenaline pumping half pipe. For the park rats, the DC terrain park is one of Hakuba’s best with a wide range of boxes, tables and rails to satisfy all your jibbing needs.
When you’re not shredding the slopes, take a ride up the gondola where The Mountain Harbor floats above the snow. You’ll find the most stunning views of the three peaks (Shirouma, Shakushi, and Hakuba Yari) and fresh pastries from one of New York’s most famous bakeries. The Mountain Harbor not only has breath taking scenery, but will be a place to enjoy some of the Snow Machine events
Goryu / Hakuba 47:
Two interconnected resorts offering some of the best powder and terrain park experiences in Hakuba. Only a short 5-10 minute drive from Happo One with plenty of free shuttle buses, getting there is as easy as it gets.
While Hakuba 47 is less beginner friendly, Goryu has plenty to offer for those still working on their skills with some wide mellow slopes at the base. If you’re feeling confident, head over to Hakuba 47 and give route 6 and 7 a hot crack! If you’re still warming up to hitting the blacks, Sky Four Course at Goryu is perfect for mastering your turns and carves before pushing your limits on the steep Super Course!
Experienced riders will love route 1 for the best on-piste riding or dive through trees into waist deep powder. There are plenty of open tree zones to enjoy, but if you’re on the hunt for more steeps and leaps, join the double black diamond club and after a short-safety course, you’ll be riding some of the best uncharted terrain. For those who stick to the park, you’re in luck! Hakuba 47 has a world class terrain park featuring one of the only half pipes in the Hakuba region.
Also boasting a wide range of restaurants and cuisines at the base, Hakuba 47 and Goryu has plenty to offer for all your Snow Machine needs.