Category Archives: SNOW

Winter Sports and Ultimate Relaxation In Hakuba

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To me, Nagano is synonymous with the 1998 Winter Olympics. It was where the world’s greatest skiers and snowboarders gathered to compete, for the first time in the Olympic history. There is a magical aura of the Olympic Games that is omnipresent all through Hakuba, Nagano. This picturesque ski village boasts beautifully manicured streets, as well as fabulous restaurants, shops and points of interest. The Hakuba Happo-one ski resort is famed for steep slopes and moguls, panoramic snowcapped skylines, spa and onsen, and its friendly community – all of which we got to experience during our recent visit.

Hakuba is accessible by train from Shinjuku station. On our last visit there, we chose instead to rent an SUV and reached Hakuba in less than three hours. The drive was quite scenic, and before we knew it we were out of the metropolis and into a winter wonderland.

We headed out to the slopes in the morning after several feet of marvelous fresh powder had fallen the night before. My son and I are both beginners, so we rented our ski equipment from a hip ski shop named Rhythm, which had an impressive lineup of cutting edge and nearly new rental equipment. The staff was so helpful and knowledgeable.

This picturesque ski village boasts beautifully manicured streets, as well as fabulous restaurants, shops and points of interest.

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We arrived at the Happo-one resort and bought one-day lift tickets for ¥5,200 for adults and ¥3,000 for the kids. Navigating the various ski runs and chair lifts was easy, and the runs spanned from bunny slopes that were very conducive to learning to the advanced runs. The ski instruction program for children was exemplary. The kids were totally engaged by …continue reading


First day of the season competition 2016 /17

Source: Hakuba Blog

A pic from the 28th of November 2015. Last seasons winner for picking the first day was Steve Williams.

Here we go again. Each year we run a competition to pick the first day of the season. The rules are

  • The first day the lifts open for skiers and boarders at any one of the resorts in Hakuba.
  • One date per person. If 2 or more people choose the same date then we will have a draw out of a hat to choose the winner.
  • The date must be chosen at least one week in advance
  • If a date isn’t chosen then it’s the closest date before.

The prizes are

So go to the bottom of this blog and put your date in the comments section or email me HERE and I will add it. Good luck. Remember that the resorts will open as soon as there is enough snow on the ground so it’s pretty much any time now. Just waiting for THAT storm.

The list so far.

Gerard Hollands – 23rd November

Shay Mason – 24th November

Simon 24th November

TJ – 25th November

Ange – 25th November

Olivia – 25th November

Tyler – 26th November

Andrew Clarke – 26th November

Melody – 26th November

David Bridger – 26th November

Onotch – 26th November

Erica – 26th November

Jack Johnson – 26th November

Nicole Spencer – 26th November

Ingrid – 26th November

Jake Lyons – 26th November

William Righton – 27th November

Kiralee Dempster – 27th November

Grant Hakuba House – 27th November

Austin Campion – 27th November

Matt Reed – 28th November

Shane Steere – 28th November

James Gill – 28th November

Andreas Zweibrot – 28th November

Kieran – 28th November

Chiharu W – 28th November

Thomas Williams – 28th November

Daniel – 29th November

Aimee Jones – 29th November

Lisa Gale – 29th November

Heath Gallagher – 29 November

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