The little brother - Hakuba 47 Ski Resort
Hakuba 47 is a pretty small resort when you look at its mountain stats, but don’t let this put you off. Linked to Goryu it makes a great destination to check out two resorts in one day, however if you decided to stay on the 47 side you wont be disappointed. Easy to access and with a great park set up, 47 could be the Hakuba Resort that keeps you occupied all week.
When arriving at 47 you take a gondola from the bottom to just above the park and this gives some fantastic views of the surrounding Japanese alps. I was struck immediately by the crowds at 47, which weren’t crazy but it was definitely busier than most other Hakuba resorts. I would say this was due to the park, and once away from this area you pretty much on the runs by yourself.
There isn’t much in the way of advanced terrain at 47 but what it does have is a plethora of cruisey blues that mean intermediates will love this place. With only 12 marked trails 47 doesn’t have the options that you would find at many european equivalents, however it is linked with Hakuba Goryu which opens up more terrain options.
One stand out feature of Hakuba 47 is its half pipe, which was a first for me. Although this area can be busy, it provided a different option to what is available at the other Hakuba resorts
What we love about 47…
The park set up here was probably the best in the Hakuba Valley for me. Although I am not a accomplished freestyle rider (check the attached video) the park offered great options for progression. With a chairlift that allowed for easy laps of the park, I can definitely see 47 as a place to push your freestyle boundaries.
What we dislike about 47…
It’s a catch 22 but taking the course to get into the trees for us doesn’t make sense for 47. There were no major areas where you’d find yourself in danger and it came across as over management.
Travel to resort
Getting to 47 is super easy with local shuttle services running between 47 and all other resorts and accomodation hubs in Hakuba. Taxi’s are also readily available but will set you back some Yen that could be better spent on ramen and lift tickets.
Getting into the trees at 47 is great, because of the requirement to take a course and collect a bib from ski school, less people do it so there is more freshies for you and your crew
We stayed in Hakuba Village where there is numerous accommodation options. If you want to stay at 47 is is possible also consider nearby Goryu, which is a great option for family’s looking for that quite village life.
We would recommend this place for…
Freestyle lovers, or those looking to progress with intro terrain park features