- Higher snowfall than other mountains in Hakuba Valley
- Steep tree lines all over the resort
- Easy access to off-piste terrain from lifts
- Abundance of pillows and drops in the backcountry
- Best family-friendly night skiing in Hakuba Valley
- Majority of terrain is best suited for advanced skiers and riders
- Large crowds on powder days
- Base has one hotel with a few dining options
- Isolated location
Known for its deep powder and some of the best tree skiing in the Hakuba Valley, Cortina has become quite popular in recent years. It might not be the largest resort around, but Cortina does serve up plenty of fantastic trails plus tons of powder-filled off-piste adventures, especially for advanced skiers. The Hotel Green Plaza, a huge ski-in/ski-out hotel, makes up the base of the resort and has everything guests need to enjoy a few days on the slopes.
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January TO late March.
Narita International Airport
Cortina (6-6.5 hours)
Hotel Green Plaza (Walk)
- The only hotel at Cortina which makes up the base area
- Large ski-in/ski-out hotel with a range of rooms for up to 7 guests
- Has everything from a convenience store to restaurants
Hakuba Village/ Happo Village (8-10 mi)
- Both villages are close to one another
- Have the most accommodation, dining and nightlife options
- Great base for exploring different ski resorts in Hakuba Valley
Beginners will have a few trails to choose from at Cortina, though the main beginner run is Ikenota Gelande. Just off the No.2 lift, it's a long wide trail with plenty of room for beginners to practice their turns and there are no trails on either side so they won't get lost. This is the same course used for night skiing. If you're after more variety of green slopes, check out the Goryu side at Hakuba 47 & Goryu instead.
Intermediates trails can be found across the resort; warm up on the Ipponmatsu course off the No. 1 lift before progressing onto the slightly more difficult Rabbit Course off the No. 3 lift. If you're confident with tight turns, the powder-filled trees in the sidecountry are great fun!
The Hiedayama side of the mountain is our pick for advanced skiers and riders as it's north-facing and has tons shade from the trees that keep the snow fresher for longer; perfect for powder skiing. The backcountry near the No. 4 lift also has fantastic tree runs that are packed with untracked freshies!
The best spot to find freshies is in the off-piste area off the No. 4 and No.5 lifts! The off-piste slopes are steep (30-40 degrees in fact!) and packed with powder-filled trees which generally sees more snow any other ski resorts in Hakuba Valley!
Ditch the crowds
With all the incredible snow the resort gets, Cortina draws quite a crowd, especially on powder days. The No.4 lift can get busy with queues of up to 10-minutes. But trust us, it's worth it, especially if you're an advanced skier as this lift serves the Hiedayama area.
Given its isolated location, there isn't much for non-skiers to do at Cortina besides soaking in the onsens (hot springs) at the plaza. There are more activities and shopping If they're willing to venture out, there are day trips to the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and the Matsumoto Castle.
The Hotel Green Plaza is the base of the resort, a huge ski-in/ski-out hotel where families can conveniently find everything they need from lodging to food. On the slopes, the green Ikenota Gelande is the most family-friendly run (and night skiing trail in Hakuba Valley) which also conveniently ends at the hotel.
|Cortina||Hakuba 47 & Goryu|
|beginner||40 %||30 %|
|intermediate||30 %||40 %|
|advanced||30 %||30 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||¥4,000 JPY (£27 GBP)||¥5,000 JPY (£34 GBP)|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||448″||176″|