Resort Review - Groomers at Hakuba Goryu
Hakuba Goryu is one out of ten resorts on the Hakuba Valley lift pass and is conveniently linked to Hakuba 47 making it easy to access both resorts on the same day. It is easy to access with regular shuttle buses heading to Goryu from various locations in the valley, however Goryu also has a small village offering accommodation options if you’d like to make this your base. Goryu on a clear day is breathtaking and the runs back down to the base area can offer some of the most scenic views in Hakuba.
Goryu was my first day on snow in the Hakuba Valley and as you’ll see if you check out the resort review video below, I ended up here by mistake. That being said I lucked out because blue skies and empty pistes made for a pretty great day. As the shuttle bus rolled into Goryu my initial thoughts were drawn to the steep pisted terrain on skiers left and the wide blue runs on skiers right. Getting to Goryu early the slopes were quiet but the lower slopes became busier with families and beginners as the day progressed.
Like most resorts in the Hakuba Valley Goryu offers little in the way of trails when compared to its european counterparts but its 18 trails and 14 lifts offers plenty to keep you occupied, especially when you consider that it is adjoined with Hakuba 47.
The split between terrain is fairly evenly shared between beginner, intermediates and advanced runs, meaning that at Goryu you should find somewhere on the mountain that you will either feel comfortable or challenged.
Unfortunately if you are heading to Goryu in search of powder you may risk your lift pass chasing fresh tracks. Most of the tree-skiing is regarded as out of bounds and although there is an ‘open zone’ it is comparatively small compared to the tree skiing and Tsugaike or Cortina. I found there was a presence from patrol at Goryu which meant most areas that looked appealing outside of the pisted runs was nearly impossible to poach.
What we love about Goryu…
Goryu is great for those who love to carve. You basically have an option from every lift that gives you a wide pisted trail that you can just bomb. The link to Hakuba 47 also provides those freestyle minded riders with the option of a terrain park and half pipe, possibly the best maintained in the valley.
What we dislike about Goryu…
Having done a lot of snowboarding in North America and Europe I found the restrictions on off-piste riding quite disappointing. Other resorts in the valley have taken steps to manage and open up terrain, this is something Goryu needs to consider.
Travel to resort
Despite my travel mishap actually getting to the resort is really simple from anywhere in the valley (if you can be bothered to read the timetable). There are regular shuttle services running between the resorts and the option to ride over from Hakuba 47 means you have more choices of bus.
I think when it comes to hidden gems at Goryu, they are all currently out of bounds. I hope they consider to open more terrain.
We stayed in Hakuba Village where there is numerous accommodation options. If you want to stay at Goryu, its possible and could be a great option for family’s looking for that quite village life.
We would recommend this place for…
People who are looking for wide open pistes so they can lay down some carves.