Muikamachi Hakkaisan is one of our favorite ski resorts. It is not big but what it lacks in number of runs it more than makes up for in steepness and length of descent. For upper level skiers and snowboarders Hakkaisan is a great day out, and the perfect location for a lesson.
The resort itself has only 3 chairlifts, but the main draw is the Hakkaisan Ropeway which is an 81 person cable car that runs year round. There is a stunning view from the top, and some equally stunning runs back down to the bottom. If you catch it after a snowfall you will be in for a treat. The main run is usually groomed but the side runs are often left as they are. This can mean some pretty fearsome moguls if there has not been snow for a while. There may not be masses of runs at Hakkai-san but there are enough options around to keep you entertained. After a long run from top to bottom, a rest on the ropeway is a welcome break.
Hakkaisan is run by the Prince Hotel Group who also control Kagura/Tashiro/Naeba.
There is usually a small but well tended terrain park with a few jumps and rails.
The is a restaurant half way down the mountain and also a couple down in the base building. In previous years there has been a roast chicken plate in one of the bottom restaurants that is our favorite resort lunch in the region.
All the instructors at Snow Country Instructors international ski and snowboard school love a day out at Hakkaisan. We are always delighted to have the opportunity to teach ski lessons or snowboard lessons there, so make our day and drop us a line telling us you would like to go.