HAPPO BANKS

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ABOUT HAPPO BANKS

Glide, carve, slide, jump, twist, grind, read the lines...
HAPPO BANKS is the place to enjoy with all the skills you earned.

The one and only snowpark full of banks laid out throughout the slope.

What to do in each section is totally up to your originality.
Various jump points, banks, lip tricks and jibbing spots can be found depending on which line you pick.

Every rider's true board maneuvering sense will be tested for connecting the sections as smoothly as possible.

Glide, carve, slide, jump, twist, grind, read the lines...

Make the most of Happo Banks with your imagination and creativity.
You will find new lines, new possibilities, new challenges on every runs.

Come experience the true joy and happiness of skiing and snowboarding expand at the HAPPO BANKS.

Hayato Maruyama

Park design and directionHayato “Bubbles” Maruyama

Ever since the original snow-bowl event "The Wall", Bubbles has been involved in the slope design of most 3 dimensional parks in Japan and the whole bowl movement.

The planning of the banks thoughtfully laid out to be connected in a smooth line has been highly recognized domestically and internationally as a rare creation that allows skiers and snowboarders to experience the genuine and pure joy of continuous riding.

In March 2013, Bubbles produced the "Gentem Bowl & Banks Session", the first ever bowl event outside of Japan that has been extremely well-received by the international snow community.

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Park OperatorHideyuki Hoshino

Hide has been building parks and halfpipes in Oze-Tokura and was also involved in creating events such as "Air Mix" and "Superb Sessions".

After working with Pat Malendowski (director of high-cascades and US open), Hide came up with the idea of making a park in Happo-One and together with Hayato Maruyama, he started the HAPPO BANKS. The beautiful features of HAPPO BANKS are being maintained thanks to Hide's extensive CAT experience and skills.

Hide is also known to be a boardsports freak who snowboards daily and goes surfing after work when the surf's up in Sea of Japan. In 2014, Hide joined the "Cutter'S camp" held in Mt Hood, Oregon.

PARK INFO

Open Dates

28 Jan to 2 April

Due to the Happo Banks construction. The park will be closed 30 Jan to 2 Feb. 

Dates are subject to weather and snow conditions.

Open Hours

Open 9:30am

Close 15:30pm

Hours are subject to weather conditions.

Price

Park use is free of charge (Lift ticket sold separately)

Check lift prices here

Notes

  • Make sure to inspect the park before riding and use the items according to your riding ability.
  • Wearing helmets and protectors are strongly recommended.
  • Inspect the landing area and move to a safe place asap when you fall.
  • Always check above you when traversing across the park.
  • Hiking up in the park is prohibited. Please purchase a lift-pass and use the chairlifts.
  • You can have your lift pass confiscated and banned from the park if you duck ropes, snake in or disregard the staff’s instructions.
  • All users are responsible to follow the Happo-one ski area user’s rules.

Contacts

Hakuba Happo Information Center (Tel: 0261-72-3066)

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ACCESS

Park Location

In the Hakuba Happo-one ski area (along Kita-One no.3 pair lift)

Access to Hakuba Happo-one ski area

Click here (Hakuba Happo-one ski area official site)

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Access to the park area

Click here (PDF map)

Within the resort

From SAKKA resort

Use Sakka Kita-One quad lift from No.8 Parking lot.

From other resorts

Access to Usagidaira area and hop onto the “Usagidaira pair lift”, you can ride the skyline course all the way down to the park area.

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