Lodge tabi-tabi’s home mountain, Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort, has a lot to offer. Back-country enthusiasts have endless options if they are willing to hike and have the right gear. Check conditions or better yet, get a guide because people go missing here every year.
For those who enjoy the comforts of Goryu‘s high speed gondola and well groomed runs, there are wide steep runs enjoyed mostly by high level skiers. The cat track down the center and along the top part of Iimori is meant for beginners but has fun walls great for boarders who like to shred. While the lower half of Iimori has wide quiet runs with a gentle slope perfect for those still practicing their turns. Iimori also has a small park with kickers and jumps. Hakuba Goryu is connected to Hakuba 47, you only need 1 pass to use both resorts. A day pass is 5000 yen for adults, you will save money if you buy one of their multi-day passes or ask us about our discount passes!
During the 2014/15 season Hakuba Goryu opened a new off-piste area skier’s right off The Champion. The ungroomed area is controlled by patrol so may not always be open. Keep checking it. On powder days this natural terrain is very good fun!
Access from Lodge tabi-tabi:
It takes 10 minutes to walk to Goryu’s gondola The nearest shuttle stop is in front of San Marute Hotel, take the short cut through the forest, turn left on the road and it’s the first hotel on your left. You will see a bus stop with an Escal Plaza sign on it. Please check the lodge for the time-table.
Kashimayari is by far our favorite night riding spot. While most of resorts have night skiing available they tend to only keep the bunny hill open.
Kashima however, runs several lifts providing access to beginner, intermediate, park runs and even a bit of off-piste. UPDATE: Although still a fun spot for night riding, our favorite lift is now only open during the day.
During the day when all, or at least most runs are open, Kashimari has beginner to advanced trails with some ungroomed runs for powder lovers. Most people have not heard of Kashimayari which makes this a great resort for those wanting to get away from the crowds and if you really want to chill out they even have an excellent spa with majestic mountain views.
To get to Kashimayari from The Goryu Village:
Hakuba Valley Omachi Shuttle Bus Line provides several shuttles a day to/from the Goryu Village. Please check their website or Lodge tabi-tabi‘s information area for current time-tables.
You can also take the train from Kamishiro Station in Goryu to Yanaba Station and walk from there. The 12 minute ride costs ¥210.
After being shut for a season, Yanaba has re-opened in 2014 by new owners. Although the resorts has always been known for it’s nye-tahs (night skiing). Yanaba is now even more focused on bringing in locals for a late night shred with an updated bar, more features in their park, and extended lift hours. Yanaba has it’s own train station, Yanaba-skijo-mae (NOT Yanaba) so it’s really easy to get there from Kamishiro Station in the Goryu Village and the ¥210 ride only takes 9 minutes. You can use the hyperdia website to check for train schedules or check the information area at Lodge tabi-tabi. Yanaba Weekday Hours: 15:00 – 11:00 (¥2,500) Yanaba Weekend Hours: 9:00 – 16:30 (¥3,500) 17:30 – 23:00 (¥2,500 )
Another amazing day in the backcountry! There is nothing like it! If you are fit enough to hike with pack, and are an advanced level skier or boarder, I highly recommend heading out into the backcountry to earn your turns…. with a qualified backcountry guide of course!!!! There are so many risks you may not be aware of. Knowledgable guides will be able to choose the terrain that suits your abilty so you can have your best day out ever! Moreover, you will need avalache saftey equipment to minimize the risks. I suggest you contact Evergreen Outdoor Center or contact Damian at Hakuba Mountain Life for more information about backcountry tours, avalanche awareness training, and equipment rentals. You will not regret it!
Yuki means “snow” and “ita” means board, but this is not your average snowboard. These handcrafted rockered snow planks that come complete with stomp pads and leash cords are the ultimate powder surfers. You can not imagine the fun you can have cruisin’ country roads, scoping lines, hiking hills, sampling from a quiver of sticks, and floating through pow surrounded by the tranquility of nature only broken by the laughter of friends.
Yuki-ita tours are now available at Lodge tabi-tabi. An afternoon session in a secret powder stash, door-to-door transportation, unlimited use of the above quiver of sticks, and a hot lunch with coffee or tea in the outdoors is less than a day pass at the resort.
Yasu will also be providing some basic instructions but once you try it you will see that no experience is necessary to stand up on a binding-less board and float down a powderful hill.
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Remembering some good silly backyard jib sessions at Lodge tabi-tabi. Featuring Baz and friends in the Deep Forest Fun Run at Lodge tabi-tabi during the 2009/10 season. Thanks Chris, for making, and posting, this awesome little flick.
Some of the Think Thank crew stayed with us last season. We never really saw them though. They were out the door before I woke up, and rarely got back before dark. These guys work hard!!!! Check out Ransack Rebellion to see what they were up to all day.
but this is just a teaser. You can get the full deal here
On March 3rd a whole crew of us found powder paradise, our very own Powder Paradise in fact. See if you can spot anyone else in the resort?! You can read about it here.
Rich, one of the Snow Season Japan guests that came and stayed for the 2011 season, made this awesome little video about this awesome powder day. Makes me “Woohoohoo!” everytime I watch it!
There is always powder somewhere….. so back on the road we went. It was a beautiful sunny day for a drive and the size of the snowbanks on the mountain roads looked very promising:
Had an great day on the mountain and even spotted an smokin’ volcano:
As usual Yasu brought his best powder boards including my new yuki-ita, the one and only, Super Fabulous! “yuki” means snow and “ita” means board. There is currently a bit of an underground scene happening and more and more lovers of pow are unstrapping their bindings, dropping their factory made branded boards and switching to handmade, bindingless, planks perfect for a more natural surfer’s high!
Today we met a lot of other like-minded snowsurfers from Toyama:
Woke up at 5 and 8 of us were on the road by 6.
We drove for 2 hours through the Japanese countryside:
and snowy mountain roads:
then found powder paradise:
Needless to say, we were pretty excited:
We showed our appreciation and worshipped the Goddess of snow by spreading her offerings around … until we couldn’t take anymore and partook in the ritual of bathing in thermal waters granted to us by mother earth.
We were then blessed with more offerings from the sea as we filled up on sushi:
Woke up to sunshine and got a call from K so got geared up and off we went, first to drop off a car and then to pick up J. It was really blustery at the top so we didn’t hike for long, scoped our lines and down we went. Conditions were far from ideal. We dealt with windcrust, raincrust, chunky debris, and ice. Got in only a few nice turns in powder. Great views, a dose of vitamin D, and a good catch up with friends made it all worth it anyway.