Winter brings an average of 11/12 meters of snowfall and the landscape is transformed. As one of the host areas of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba has world-class runs on no less than 12 resorts within easy reach. There is something here for every level, and with this many resorts to choose from one could spend a week, a season even, just exploring the groomed trails.
The resorts of Hakuba have bred many Olympic and World Cup medalists, and it is easy to see why. The incredible variety of runs provides skiers of any ability room to improve; and when you’re ready for them, runs that have been used in World Cup and Olympic events are waiting. If you’re looking to learn to ski / snowboard, or advance your skills. Evergreen International Ski School is the place to do it. Powder hounds are also in for a treat – the 3000m peaks and the prevailing weather pattern ensures that fresh snow is frequent and plentiful. Get up for the first gondola on these mornings to make your mark on long, thigh burning top to bottom runs. Though access to the backcountry is relatively easy, avalanches are a fact of life and people die every year from entering these areas without the knowledge, experience or equipment. Don’t be one of these statistics; respect the ropes and if you wish to ski backcountry take a BC tour with a certified backcountry guide and/or begin your education with an Avalanche Skills Training course.