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Backcountry Skiing in Hakuba: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Enjoy some of the best powder skiing in the world!

Located at the heart of the Japan Alps, in the Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba offers easy access to spectacular backcountry terrain and unique light dry powder. Hakuba receives an average of 11 meters of snow each season, making it a dream destination for powder hounds!  

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Hakuba

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Hakuba?

The village of Hakuba, surrounded by the beautiful Northern Japan Alps, is a very popular tourist destination in the country. Located in the main island of Honshu, the Hakuba Valley is home to 9 ski resorts and more than 135 lifts, allowing easy access to some of Japan’s steepest backcountry terrain.There are plenty of backcountry tours in Hakuba, of all levels of difficulty and length. The Hida Mountains provide an immense variety of terrain to choose from. Whether you are looking for wide open glade skiing, steep chutes, or amazing ridgelines, Hakuba has a little bit of everything!

Why should I choose Hakuba for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

**Amazing deep powder **

Hakuba is a true powder snow paradise, receiving regular and plentiful snowfalls of an extraordinary light, dry powder throughout the winter. The Hakuba backcountry gets an average of 10-11 meters of snow each season, providing skiers and snowboarders with some of the best powder conditions in the world.

Great routes for all levels

Hakuba offers a great diversity of terrain, with exciting routes for all levels. Whether you are a beginner or an expert skier or snowboarder, Hakuba has something for you! The spectacular Hakuba backcountry offers many opportunities for a unique adventure, from high alpine terrain and tree skiing to steep lines and wide open long slopes.

The unique culture

When you are ready for a break from the mountains, experience the fascinating Japanese culture firsthand. Relax at an onsen (hot spring) after a day of action, taste some delicious Japanese dishes at some traditional restaurant, participate on a tea ceremony or on a sake tasting. The Japanese culture is a treasure to be discovered!

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Hakuba?

Winter in Hakuba is cold, but snow conditions are some of the best in the world. Mountain temperatures in winter are in the range of -5ºC and -13ºC, whereas in the village it will be -3º to -5ºC. You can expect fresh powder at least once a week during most of the season, but weather is generally mild by alpine terms.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Hakuba region?


What currency is accepted around Hakuba?

Japanese yen

How many days should I allocate for my Hakuba Backcountry Skiing experience?

Depending on how much time you have available, you can come to Hakuba for a few days or stay for a couple of weeks. You can easily spend a week exploring the great backcountry and enjoying spectacular runs on deep powder.

What's the country code for the Hakuba region?


When is the best time to travel to Hakuba for Backcountry Skiing?

January and February are the best months to go skiing in Hakuba, as this is the time when it receives the best powder snow. However, the ski season extends from mid-December till April.

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Hakuba



I think Ryuta is a great guide. The tour was quite nice. I loved the lines we did. It would've been 5 stars if his English was better but his assistant guide was of great help especially in communication. Otherwise, I felt quite safe with him and his abilities



Yusuke is a very experienced guide, he was prompt about what time we agreed upon starting the day very professional. although the conditions for that day were not the best . Yusuke made sure that we got the most out of the day. after we found good snow. we decided to call the day a little early, and Yusuke took us to check a few beautiful sites in Hakuba with Yusuke giving us the history of the sites. he took us to a great onset. and after that we had a nice farewell dinner with him. Yusuke is very easy going and knows the mountain , felt very safe with him will definitely rebook with him next year. I highly recommend Yusuke for any one thinking about a guided tour. Ed & Iris





I just wanted to say that Kenichi-san was a fantastic guide and a really good man. We loved our time with him and got to ski much more powder snow than if we had been by ourselves. I highly recommend him as a guide.

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