Cortina

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Cortina
Jack Lee
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Pros

  • Higher snowfall than other mountains in Hakuba Valley
  • Steep tree lines all over the resort
  • Easy access to off-piste terrain from lifts
  • Abundance of pillows and drops in the backcountry
  • Best family-friendly night skiing in Hakuba Valley

Cons

  • Not much variety of runs for beginners
  • Large crowds on powder days
  • Base has one hotel with a few dining options
  • Isolated location

Overall

4

Known for its deep powder and some of the best tree skiing in the Hakuba Valley, Cortina has become quite popular in recent years. It might not be the largest resort around, but Cortina does serve up plenty of fantastic trails plus tons of powder-filled off-piste adventures, especially for advanced and intermediate skiers. The Hotel Green Plaza, a huge ski-in/ski-out hotel, makes up the base of the resort and has everything guests need to enjoy a few days on the slopes.  

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to late March.

Between January to the end of March is the best time to visit Cortina. If you visit any time outside of this period, the lack of snowfall might limit the skiable terrain.
Airplane

FLY TO

Narita International Airport

Bus

BUS TO

Cortina (6-6.5 hours)

Hotel Green Plaza (Walk)

  • The only hotel at Cortina which makes up the base area
  • Large ski-in/ski-out hotel with a range of rooms for up to 7 guests
  • Has everything from a convenience store to restaurants

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Hakuba Village/ Happo Village (13-16 km)

  • Both villages are close to one another
  • Have the most accommodation, dining and nightlife options
  • Great base for exploring different ski resorts in Hakuba Valley

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For beginners

Beginners will have a few trails to choose from at Cortina, though the main beginner run is Ikenota Gelande. Just off the No.2 lift, it's a long wide trail with plenty of room for beginners to practice their turns and there are no trails on either side so they won't get lost. This is the same course used for night skiing. If you're after more variety of green slopes, check out the Goryu side at Hakuba 47 & Goryu instead.

For intermediates

Intermediates trails can be found across the resort; warm up on the Ipponmatsu course off the No. 1 lift before progressing onto the slightly more difficult Rabbit Course off the No. 3 lift. If you're confident with tight turns, the powder-filled trees in the sidecountry are great fun!

For experts

The Hiedayama side of the mountain is our pick for advanced skiers and riders as it's north-facing and has tons shade from the trees that keep the snow fresher for longer; perfect for powder skiing. The backcountry near the No. 4 lift also has fantastic tree runs that are packed with untracked freshies!

Find freshies

The best spot to find freshies is in the off-piste area off the No. 4 and No.5 lifts! The off-piste slopes are steep (30-40 degrees in fact!) and packed with powder-filled trees which generally sees more snow any other ski resorts in Hakuba Valley!

Ditch the crowds

With all the incredible snow the resort gets, Cortina draws quite a crowd, especially on powder days. The No.4 lift can get busy with queues of up to 10-minutes. But trust us, it's worth it, especially if you're an advanced skier as this lift serves the Hiedayama area.

Non skiers

Given its isolated location, there isn't much for non-skiers to do at Cortina besides soaking in the onsens (hot springs) at the plaza. There are more activities and shopping If they're willing to venture out, there are day trips to the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and the Matsumoto Castle.

Families

The Hotel Green Plaza is the base of the resort, a huge ski-in/ski-out hotel where families can conveniently find everything they need from lodging to food. On the slopes, the green Ikenota Gelande is the most family-friendly run (and night skiing trail in Hakuba Valley) which also conveniently ends at the hotel.

Cortina vs
CortinaHakuba 47 & Goryu
beginner40 %30 %
intermediate30 %40 %
advanced30 %30 %
expert--
total runs16 24
ski area50ha -
summit elevation1,402m 1,676m
total lifts7 19
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket¥4,000 JPY ($48 AUD) ¥5,000 JPY ($60 AUD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall1,138cm 448cm

Cortina Reviews

Fabulous

4.2 / 5

based on 29 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Good!

3.8 / 5

May 05, 2018
Bryan K. Bryan K.
intermediate snowboarder
Excellent snow especially powder off the beaten path. Less facilities than other Hakuba resorts but sufficient cafes and restaurants for the day. Good forgiving black slopes here also. Really enjoyed off piste runs... More
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Dec 29, 2017
JSJessi S.
intermediate snowboarder
Cortina ski resort is full of great powder. If you are in to off-piste skiing, then this resort is great for you because the resort is very relaxed about it. Cortina is very family-friendly and accommodating.... More
Fabulous!

4.2 / 5

Dec 26, 2017
CWCharles W.
advanced skier
At Cortina you come for the epic powder skiing amongst glistening snow kissed trees, take a break for create your own pizza lunch, and stay for one of a kind onsen apres! Truly not to be missed on your Japanese ski holiday.... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Dec 21, 2017
JBJosh B.
expert snowboarder
Cortina lodge at the base of the mountain is absolutely stunning. The perfect back drop to the most amazing powder I have ever experienced in my entire life. A must!!!... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Dec 19, 2017
TSTazz S.
advanced snowboarder
Cortina is my favorite resort in Hakuba. It's best on powder days but can be enjoyed anytime in the snow season. Its known as the tree resort or the expert resort, but it can be enjoyed by skiers or snowboarders of all levels. Cortina is a huge bowl. You can catch the nearest chairlift to your line and ride the ridge or 'cat tracks' until you... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Dec 19, 2017
CPCraig P.
expert snowboarder
It's not what I think of Corrina, its more about the 3 times I've been in lift line on an epic day 50 60 cm maybe, and every time its been shut, I had one day in 2015, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of of a skier going off in to the tree line, I followed his tracks and was not disappointed I remember boarding under a water pipe then the... More
Average!

3.1 / 5

Dec 16, 2017
FJFred J.
advanced skier
Great great mountain. Deep snow and the best tree skiing in the world. Not fair to call it a throwback to days gone by because the resort lodge is modern and the amenities great. Cortina is a little off the beaten path but this only adds to its charm.... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Dec 12, 2017
SLStanley L.
expert snowboarder
From the lodge to the slopes, get up to Cortina to escape into powder coated mountains, fantastic hot springs, and unforgettable excitement! I visited for the first time January 2017 and will undoubtedly return as soon as possible.... More
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Dec 11, 2017
BWBrian W.
expert skier
I skied Cortina for two days last year in 2016-2017 winter and had a blast. We were there in mid-late December, and the conditions were excellent. It was snowing both days, with free refills we were getting face shots all day. The resort is really well laid out, it's not huge, so it's simple to navigate and super fun to explore. The side country... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Dec 09, 2017
ARAlex R.
intermediate snowboarder
Out of all the resorts in the valley Cortina was one of my favourites, probably because the day we were there it was dumping! Lift lines were short, the staff were friendly and accommodating and great value for money! Would recommend.... More
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