Skiing & Snowboarding in Hakuba (Nagano Prefecture)
Tour Code: OK0219
Tour Fee: 28500 Discount Price: 23500
Date: Friday/Sunday, February 19th-21st 2016 (2 night/3 day stay)
Apart from excellent skiing & snowboarding, the Hakuba Valley is one of the best ways to experience and enjoy Japanese winter landscapes and for the keen eyed (or lucky), some wildlife, mainly the Japanese serow.
The snow cover is fantastic. Tsugaike is one of the “Big 3” of Hakuba, together with Hakuba One & Hakuba Iwatake. Tsugaike receives heavier snowfalls than other parts of Hakuba, and the Hakuba ridge protects the Tsugaike from the Siberian winds. Our lodge is “in snow”, with the nearest gelande only 150 meters away. Perfect powder snow. There are extensive runs for all levels, and spectacular views of the scenery. For beginners, or those hitting the slopes for the first time this season, the extremely extensive “bunny slopes” at the base are perfect.
On the Sunday, advanced skiers/boarders can also visit Happo One (pronounced ‘oh-neh’, not like the number ‘1’) if preferred, at no extra expense THe Big 3 have common lift passes). It is a little more crowded as it is further south than Tsugaike, but has great conditions and a better vertical drop. The main claim to fame is it’s involvement in the 1998 Winter Olympics, when it hosted the Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, most of the Alpine (downhill) and close by, the Cross-Country skiing events.
Tsugaike also has extensive backcountry (which is why we go heliskiing there each March), but snowshoes can be borrowed from Declan (if sizes fit). Under no circumstances however should you enter the backcountry without appropriate equipment, before reading the local rules, or without consulting & signing off with the tour leader.
We will have 2 full days of skiing/boarding. On Saturday night, there is a festival with fireworks, ski displays, taiko drumming etc. Night skiing & onsen is optional.
Fee includes all transport, accommodation, Saturday evening and breakfast meals. It does not include lift passes or equipment rental. Lift passes will cost 3500-7800 yen depending on option. Rental will usually cost between 4000-10000 yen depending on what you require.
On Sunday we will leave Hakuba between 4:30-5:30pm, have dinner in Matsumoto, returning to Okazaki about 10.30pm.
Departs: East Exit, JR Okazaki Station, 7:00pm(ish). Returns: 9:00pm (approx)
Mode of transport: Minivan or Microbus
Deadline for Discount Price: 14 days prior
Tour Code: OK0219 (needed for application form below)