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What’s On At Happo-One This Season

Happo-One, the largest and most popular resort in the Hakuba Valley, will celebrate its 60th anniversary this season and with this anniversary comes many new changes, additions, and celebrations on and around the mountain. The following is what you need to know about Happo-One for the 2018/19 Season.

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New Terrain


Happo-One will open new terrain this season. The “Omusubi course” which is located from Skyline course through to Panorama Course will be re-opened as  the “Adventure Powder Area” from January to March. It’s a special designated, gate-controlled area only suitable for very advanced skiers and boarders.


Snow Machines


Happo Snow Machines Source: @hakuba.happo

Happo-One purchased and installed 15 new snow machines along the north side of the Riesen base (Happo 1 Lift) and Nakiyama, bringing the total to 28 which should help extend the season as much as possible.  The water plant has also been upgraded to ensure the snow is as clean as possible.


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New Years Eve

On New Years Eve, Happo-One will host a countdown event on the Nakiyama Slopes with fireworks at midnight. The Marillen Hotel will be selling drinks to those at the bottom of the slope throughout the event. Get down there and enjoy the best New Years Eve spot in Hakuba!


First Base Party 

Tom Tilley (Triple J presenter and client liaison member) and Hugo Gruzman’s (1/2 of the Flight Facilities duo) are taking a giant powder-packed leap into the pristine Japanese Alps with their “Vintage Après Soiree” First Base party in January 2019!

The First Base parties have consistently been the highlight of Australia’s alpine social calendar and now it’s Japan’s turn. Recent special guest performances have included Hayden James, Confidence Man, Touch Sensitive, CC:DISCO and more. Who will be joining them in Japan? Your guess is as good as ours.


Free Ride World Tour (Jan 19-26th)

The Free Ride World Tour will come to Hakuba for a second straight year. Happo-One will be the first of 5 stops in the tour championship series and will feature huge names like Travis Rice.

Happo Fire Festival (Feb 22nd)

The annual Happo Fire Festival will be held on February 22nd and will feature torch wielding ski performances, bonfires, raffles, and lots of FREE sake. This is a great way to take in some Japanese culture during your ski holiday.


Blizzard To Open Across From Happo Gondala

The newest entry to the Hakuba bar and restaurant scene, Blizzard boasts one of the only wood-fire pizza ovens in the Hakuba Valley. More importantly, the person manning the oven is Paolo Coluccio, the former national champion of Italy’s most prestigious pizza making competition. Sitting directly across from the Happo Gondola, Blizzard will be a great place to chill out with tasty pizza after a day on the slopes. It will serve breakfast starting at 7am and will remain open late after dinner for those looking to enjoy Hakuba well into the evening.

Corona Escape Terrace

The Corona Escape Terrace is one of the best spots in the Hakuba Valley to enjoy a drink on the mountain! For the 2018/19 season the Corona Bar will be better than ever with renovated facilities and more live music events! The Corona Escape Terrace is a must visit during your day riding at Happo. 

To find our more about the Hakuba Valley be sure to check out Hakuba.com for all the latest updates during the season. 

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If you’re staying in Hakuba and are wanting to visit other resorts within Nagano including Myoko, Madarao, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen, come join us on our Nagano Snow Chasers tours. 

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