Hakuba Goryu in Detail
There are some excellent advanced courses on Goryu, most notably the Adventure and Champions Courses. Though the Adventure Course starts from the top of the Line 1 in Hakuba 47, it is part of the Goryu network or runs. It is not always open especially have a big dump while the Ski Patrol assess the avalanche danger. The course is tricky as you have to ski/ride across the fall line and not down it. The course comes out at the top of the Iimori Slope, from here you can continue down to Iimori base area or cut across to Escal Plaza base area. Champions is the steepest course in the Hakuba Valley. Some of the bumps on this run are very big, easier if you stick to the sides.
Goryu’s spacious pistes make it great for intermediates. The wide slopes let you practice your carving on a good steep gradient. Imori is another favourite intermediate course, not as crowded as Toomi it offers plenty of groomed runs.
The lower slopes in front of both Imori base area and Escal Plaza are ideal for learning on. The slope are both wide and gentle. With good lifts that can take you higher as with the more confidence you get. The area in front of Goryu also have night skiing. There are ski schools based at Escal Plaza and Hakuba Snow Sports operate out of Iimori.
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Tickets & Passes
Goryu and Hakuba 47 are on the same pass. For common tickets Goryu is on the All Mountain Lift Pass. Season passes are also available for 60,000yen. (48,000yen if you buy before Oct 31.) Goryu passes are electronic and fit into the left of ski/board jackets. Some jackets and gloves have a special pocket for these. To receive a pass you need to pay a deposit of 1000yen. This deposit will be refunded when returning the passes to the machine at the base areas.