All 10 resorts in the Hakuba Valley share the same lift pass system, and you have 2 main options when buying lift passes.
You can either buy the Hakuba Valley Lift Pass, or you can buy a daily pass at each resort each day.

The combined lift pass is called the Hakuba Valley Lift Pass. You can purchase this in advance from registered travel agents or at Hakuba Base Camp. These lift passes are valid for 1 – 14 days, and apart from the 1 day pass, include rest days along the way. So, for example, a 6 day lift pass is valid for a 11 day period, meaning you can ski for 6 out of 11 days.

The advantages to this pass are follows

  1. You do not have to line up at the lift ticket office at each ski resort each morning. You can ski straight on to the lifts.
  2. Users of the Hakuba Valley lift passes can ride the Hakuba Valley Shuttle buses free of charge (usually 510yen per person one way).
  3. You can ski as many resorts in a day as you want, which is useful if a certain resort has to close due to weather.
  4. You can purchase in advance and have it waiting for pick up at Hakuba Base Camp, or delivered to your accommodation prior to your check in.

Conversely, the disadvantages to this pass are

  1. They only come in Adult and Child Variants, so Seniors and Youths miss out
  2. It is non-refundable once purchased, so if you get injured or have to leave earlier than planned you need to make an insurance claim
  3. For one and two day passes, it can be cheaper to purchase lift passes directly at the resorts.

Buying daily passes at each resort is possible, and there are generally more options than with the Hakuba Valley passes. (Family Passes, Senior Discounts, Youth discounts etc). The main issue with getting daily passes from resorts is that you need to line up at the lift ticket office each day to purchase tickets. At popular resorts on peak days / times (Weekends, first tracks, holidays etc), there can be long queues to purchase lift passes (at times taking over an hour).

Another small issue is that some resorts use slightly different cards for lift passes, meaning that while some resorts issue lift passes for free, others will take a 500 yen refundable deposit to cover the cost of the pass. This can be reclaimed at the end of the day, but again it adds another thing you have to think about.

On the whole, those looking for convenience and flexibility, the Hakuba Valley Lift pass is probably a better option, while those on tight budgets, seniors and youth may be better investigating getting a one resort pass on a daily basis.

Hakuba Valley Lift Pass Rates 2020-2021

Ticket TypeAdultChildConditions
1 Day6,6003,800Valid on the day of purchase
2 Day12,5007,100Valid for 4days from the first day of use
3 Day18,70010,500Valid for 6days from the first day of use
4 Day24,90013,900Valid for 8days from the first day of use
5 Day31,00017,400Valid for 10days from the first day of use
6 Day37,20020,800Valid for 11days from the first day of use
7 Day43,40024,300Valid for 12days from the first day of use
8 Day49,00027,400Valid for 13days from the first day of use
9 Day54,70030,400Valid for 14days from the first day of use
10 Day60,30033,500Valid for 16days from the first day of use
11 Day65,90036,600Valid for 17days from the first day of use
12 Day71,60039,700Valid for 19days from the first day of use
13 Day77,20042,800Valid for 20days from the first day of use
14 Day82,90045,900Valid for 22days from the first day of use

Rates are in Japanese Yen

The valid days of each lift ticket are activated when the ticket is scanned either at the lift gate or the first ride on the HV shuttle bus occurs. Each ticket has an validity period. If you do not finish using the lift-ticket within the validity period, the remaining unused days will be invalid. In addition, when the lift ticket expires, you will not be able to board the HV shuttle bus after that.

General Conditions
  • Valid at 10 mountains in Hakuba Valley, Sanosaka, Goryu, Hakuba47, Happo-one, Iwatake,Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura, Cortina, Jiigatake and Kashimayari.
  • Adults are from 13 years and above. Child is 6 to 12 years old. From 5 years and under, lift tickets are free of charge.
  • No deposit is required.
  • One lift ticket is valid only for one person and cannot be used by several people.
  • You may ski at all 10 snow resorts on one ticket.
  • Ticket exchange is required at the ticket window at Jiigatake and Kashimayari.
  • Each ticket type has a validity period, please use the ticket within the number of valid days.
  • Operation dates and hours varies at each ski resort.
  • Not valid for night skiing
  • Cannot be reissued,not available for resale,non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Misuse of the ticket will result in your ticket being confiscated and consequently banned from using the lifts.
  • You can use the bus for free on your skiing days only. When you ride the shuttle bus, please show your Hakuba Valley tickets to the bus conductor.