Hakuba itself is one of Japan's best ski destinations, famous for powder snow, clear weather, and miles of tracks. The Happo-o-ne (also written Happo One but pronounced "oh-ney") resort is the best in town, and hosted several events for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Japan's first parallel jumping hills were constructed here with critical points of 393 feet and 295 feet, and each has a scaffold structure for the in-run and landing slope. The Champion and Panorama courses have starting points of an altitude of 5,510 feet, with separate courses for men (vertical drop 2,755 feet) and women (vertical drop 2,555 feet). The downhill course for super-giant slalom starts lower. This ridge stretches to the east from Mt. Karamatsu (8,843 feet), with breathtaking views, if the mist doesn't roll in. Almost all the runs here are intermediate level, with the rest split between beginner and advanced.
Happo-o-ne also has some great summer hiking, though the high elevation means that even
in summer a sweater or light jacket may be needed. You can reach the hiking area via three connecting gondolas (5 minutes to Happo Gondola Station, then 8 minutes to Usagidaira, then an additional 10 minutes by alpine lift). From here the jewel-like Happo Pond is a 6-km (4-mile) hike. For more-ambitious hikers, three more hours gets you to the top of Mt. Karamatsu-dake.
To get from the center of town to Happo-o-ne, it's a five-minute, 3-km (2-mile) bus ride from Hakuba to Happo Information Center, and then a 15-minute walk through the resort of Swiss-like chalets and hotels to the gondola station. Facilities: 13 trails, 494 acres; 3,513-foot vertical drop; 32 lifts