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Good resort but weather prone

This season was the worst but still decent runs on the top 2/3rds of the hill. Bottom section was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
snowlife76
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Wollongong, Australia
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Great experience for the entire family large resort for Japan

Even on a poor snow season 19/20 Happo One ski resort provides great terrain for everyone. Not many... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
KenaiDriftAnglers
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Soldotna, Alaska
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Reviewed January 21, 2020 via mobile

Decent ski field. My main complaint is the groom almost everything. Get 20cm fresh snow? Don’t worry, Happo will groom it to hard pack. Wish the would leave half a slope groomed and leave half natural when they get a good dump.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 9, 2020 via mobile

Hakuba was suffering from snow deficiency but by Jan 5th there was enough snow for the Usagidaira slope to be nice and fluffy with powder snow. Much prefer Happo to Goryu as beginners because of the gentle and windy slopes that were long and oh so enjoyable while the speedsters had their fix as well. Kept the whole family happy.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

Arrived 3 Jan 10 days to a slow start to the Hakuba snow season. As a result insufficient snow to open runs down low severely limiting green run options to just skiing trails at most mountains. As intermediate skiers the intermediate runs were more black Australian runs. Some steep sections of intermediate runs. More suited to very experienced advanced fit skiers.
Sugiake Kogen had the best option and snowmaking down low a 25 min shuttle bus trip away from Saaka stop. Rain came in on the 7 Jan impacting the cover significantly. The well-serviced village is expansive and the reliance on shuttle buses and taxis can be frustrating. Night shuttles are 300Yen a ride. Lots of cash needed for buses, taxis and many Japanese restaurants with only three ATM’s in town. None in Wanado where we stayed with nearest 1.5km walk or shuttle and limit of $1k AUD a day cash out. We really enjoyed eating at Hummingbird, Rabbit Hole, Panke and Takahaski-Ke (Echoland). Loved the Onsens. Better snow would have made for a better skiing experience. We’d unreservedly choose Niseko over this mountain having been there twice before. The Japanese nevertheless are always so welcoming and helpful.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank hungrycaterpillar2
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Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

snow late this season but still pretty good.. Lifts are fast and effective and variety of trails available

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank kellye200
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Reviewed January 3, 2020 via mobile

This is the second time I have visited here and unfortunately it wasn’t a good experience. Seriously overcrowded, poor queue management, understaffed lifts, long food queues and the lift infrastructure hasn’t been updated since the 1998 Olympics. The snow was poor but the management of what was available to ski was bad. We visited 3 other resorts in the area the same week and they were much more organised and operated longer hours plus were more efficient in dealing with the crowds and lunchtime food queues. Some of the runs were closed but from what we observed many of the snow machines were never operated to help the situation and some runs closed but were clearly skiable. Managements solution for the long queues was to close everything early - how about opening longer or using snow machines so people could get value for money on the high ski pass prices. Overall it seemed like they were just trying to save money and milk their previous good reputation.
There are many other better options for skiing in Japan and sadly this resort is being left behind with the more consumer friendly resorts who are updating their infrastructure and being organised.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank bluemango007
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