For those residing in Japan, the prospect of traveling abroad this winter is less and less likely. In the spirit of making the most of a difficult situation, let's focus instead on maximizing our enjoyment in Japan and rediscovering some of the magic that exists here. Since Japan has the most ski resorts in the world, hitting the slopes is an obvious and easy way to do it. With so many destinations to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. As residents of the Hakuba Valley, we are in a good position to advocate for a visit here - and more specifically, Hakuba47. Here are 10 reasons to ski at Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park this winter.
1.longest season for top-to-bottom skiing
Thank goodness for the northern slopes! It's no secret that much of Japan has had a few below normal winters in terms of snowfall over the past few years, and it really highlighted the differences between the resorts and the experiences you have. get from each; thus placing a greater need to be sure that we are making the right choices on the right days. North facing slopes mean they generally get less direct sunlight, which will keep temperatures cooler. The cooler temperatures will then better preserve the snow, allowing a longer ski season to the bottom of the valley. This is especially relevant for early and late season tours and you get itchy for some ski turns. If anywhere in Hakuba is open to skiing, there is a good chance Hakuba47 will ski up and down for longer than other resorts in the valley.
2. Better snow
While we talk about the benefits of being a north facing resort, the quality of the snow itself is another area where credit is due. Cooler temperatures result in lighter, drier snow, which does not succumb to the same level of solar radiation that melts during the day and refreezes at night when the temperature drops. A milder climate can allow temperatures to safely seep into the benefits during the day, and even in January, some resorts may capitulate to slush on their south and east facing slopes, which then quickly refreeze. at night, creating freezing conditions the next morning. As Hakuba47 is able to largely avoid this cycle by preserving its slopes in cooler conditions, the chances of having improved the quality of the snow are greater. And when the famous powder of Japan comes out of the valley, we know that it will be light and dry in Hakuba47.
3. Less downloads
Due to the fact that the snow stays longer and we can ski longer to the valley floor, this reduces the time it takes to download and download the ski lifts. In a season like this, with a pandemic yet to be overcome and therefore a time when we should avoid confined spaces as much as possible - it's no small feat. In the past, the start of the season has seen the valley line up en masse to come down the mountain at the end of the day, which we will all feel less comfortable about this year. With that in mind, skiing at a resort that will allow us to ski - not download to the gondola - will be in our best interest. Be sure to check out where you can ski on the download if you are visiting early or late in the season.
4. Area for beginners in mid-mountain
When you consider the slopes themselves and the positioning of the different areas, Hakuba47 is fortunate to have its best terrain starting in mid-mountain, with excellent natural progression. This means that even novices can enjoy a full mountain experience with incredible views to boot. When the snow was more reliable, many resorts positioned their beginner's terrain in the base area for easy access and facilities. Unfortunately, less regular snowfall has challenged this design and caused these areas to open up much later in the season - or not at all. With no beginner terrain at these resorts, beginners are forced to climb the mountain where there is more snow, but the terrain is not as suitable. The Mid-Mountain Beginner's Area at Hakuba47 has several beginner slopes that naturally increase in height as skills are honed; there are two chairlifts serving these slopes and a restaurant, cafe and toilets
5. Progressive ski school
In the footsteps of novice skiers and snowboarders, Hakuba47 is ahead of its snow sport offerings for Japanese and non-Japanese speaking visitors by offering more than one option for ski and snowboard lessons. This ensures that there is something for every style, skill level, budget and interest - while remaining under the safety and assurance of a reservation with an official resort ski school. Customers can choose how they want to experience the mountain and with whom they live it. Excellent customer service is maintained in all areas through healthy competition among suppliers, allowing the consumer to book with reputable schools. Hakuba47 is very unique in this way, because this structure is really focused on the customer experience.
6. The only resort in Hakuba with a ski lift line for the ski school
Another big selling point for making Hakuba47 your destination this winter is that it is the only one in the valley to provide a dedicated ski lift line for those taking lessons with a Hakuba47 ski school. Again, during Covid, this has enormous gravity as it allows us to physically move away more easily while waiting to get on the ski lifts, as well as saving us precious minutes of our time on the slopes. When more time is spent skiing and less time in line, we get maximum return on our investment in our lift ticket, lesson, and all other costs associated with skiing.
7. Diverse terrain and excellent off-road driving
Once it comes to rolling up the mountain, this resort is extremely diverse. In addition to the beginners area already mentioned, the inclines gradually increase as your skills improve. Then there are intermediate runs from top to bottom, allowing you to time mileage for as long as your legs can support you. For those looking for more of a challenge, there are double black diamond mogul trails and even a technical ski area in the trees within the resort limits. This region offers some of the most challenging and interesting off-piste terrain in Hakuba, which can be enjoyed without the need for specialized avalanche equipment such as transceivers. Through patrolling, the area is controlled and easily accessed by a high speed quad - allowing it to be quickly broken in and give more turns for your time. This often makes them the choice of premises for quick morning sessions; while the masses can make their way to the better-known powder stores in Cortina, these areas can be quickly lapped in, easily enjoyed, and without the crowds.
8. 3 resorts for the price of 1
Hakuba47 is physically connected to Goryu and Iimori, two other excellent resorts that have many advantages of their own. Not only will you be able to enjoy what Hakuba47 has to offer, but also its offerings. No need for additional transport, fees, or lift tickets - you can just take a chairlift to Goryu and back to 47 at a whim. This gives a huge amount of combined terrain, views, dining, and experience options.
9. Less likely to close in windy conditions
This station was well thought out when it was designed because its gondola is hidden away, taking a conservative route up the mountain, before reaching its destination halfway. The upside is that it is rather sheltered from the elements - especially the wind - and will often continue to operate while other stations in the valley are forced to close. In the event that the wind is so extreme and the gondola needs to close, there is an even more 'hidden' two-pair lift that can often keep pushing people up the mountain even when it is very windy. . So if the weather looks bad and you can't wait to go somewhere and close it halfway through the day (not to mention wasting your money on the lift ticket), going to Hakuba47 would be the best way to play your odds because it is perhaps the least likely to close due to bad weather.
10. Field park
Hakuba47 has long been known to have an excellent land park - which is often one of the first to open. Bathed by a pair of ski lifts and conveniently located mid-mountain, the designers create an impressive area suitable for all levels of riding - from entry-level to professional. Its full-size half pipe is often a big draw for experienced riders, and even spectators love to watch the skill level that is often displayed in the park.
Each resort in Hakuba has its own selling points, but when it comes to deciding where to ski this winter - especially amid a pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding snow conditions - Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park may be. be your best bet.
Nadine Robb is owner and instructor at Hakuba ski concierge. Hakuba Ski Concierge is a boutique ski school in Hakuba, Japan.
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