Hakuba Goryu, Japan Report: NIGHT SHRED!

Under the lights at Goryu ski area. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Report from January 17th – Brought to you by Hakuba Valley

Great days on the mountains don’t end with sundown at the snow-mecca that is Hakuba Valley, Japan. Two locations from among the troop of resorts to be found in the valley offer after hours ski operations nightly during peak season months.

Laps under the lights while flakes fall. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort lights the mountain’s lower portion with two lines of large flood lamps and services the zone with one quad chairlift. Laps are fast and pitch is mellow, but fun is in abundance–especially when it’s nuking snow.

Technicolor trees thanks to the spectrum lights at Hakuba Goryu. Photo: P.M. Fadden

The lights illuminating Goryu’s ski-able area use bulbs that are tinted technicolor blue, pink, green, and purple, and beautiful monuments as well as charming homes line the ski-able area. The entire scene is certainly pleasant enough, but it becomes downright magical when wrapped in heavy snow.

Ski fun goes on after the sun goes down at Goryu. Photo: P.M. Fadden

The evening hour lap time is popular among local Japanese families and groups of young friends, lending a strong feeling of community to the night’s ski experience. And underscoring that, the cluster of shops and homes comprising the mountain’s base area feel more like a quaint village than a bustling snowsport destination.

The beautiful mountains of Hakuba Valley basking under the night ski lights. Photo: P.M. Fadden

By no means is a night shred an access to the most extreme terrain, but it is a unique window on a special aspect of winter at Hakuba Valley.

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