Morino Lodge Hakuba view from above.

Morino” is Japanese for “of the Forest”, hence, we are the “Lodge of the Forest“.

Take a look at this drone footage of Morino Lodge Hakuba & surrounding area  to see why the name is apt.

There`s a clear shot of Morino at the 10 second mark. & that`s Happo One a few hundred meters from us.

Video courtesy of our guest Max @boomerangblom 

Thanks Max!

Morino Whitecap Backcountry Tours

Morino Lodge has partnered with one of Canada’s premier backcountry skiing operators; Whitecap Alpine to provide a Backcountry experience that`s nothing short of exceptional.

Whether you’re new to the backcountry or a seasoned pro, our World-Class Guides will work with you to create a personalized backcountry tour and a safe, unforgettable experience.

combining morino’s local knowledge with whitecap’s expertise in alpine touring, you’ve got the opportunity to create your own personalised backcountry tour,with a top class, ACMG Certified Mountain Guide.



– Breakfast & briefing at Morino Lodge.
– Packed lunch.

– Avalanche safety briefing.
– Backcountry pack with beacon, shovel and probe.
– High-end touring skis & splitboard rentals available
(additional rental fees apply).


We strive to match ability and fitness levels so that you can all make the most of your day in the backcountry.
¥18,500 per/person. Max 6 per group.


You will have the guide to yourselves all day, to work at your own pace and discuss which terrain would best suit you.
(Price is determined by the amount of ppl).


You’ll need a good overall fitness level, and be willing to put in a bit of work to earn your turns. You should be an intermediate skier/rider with some off-piste experience, and/or more rugged ski resort terrain. Introductory level options are certainly welcome, however the group’s overall ability will dictate the day.

Another great staff season edit

Thanks to last season Morino lodge staff member Seth Hampson for an excellent Season edit.

Alas, Seth has joined the corporate ladder so he can’t make it back again for more of the same this season.

90% filmed in Hakuba with the rest from early and late season Washington state.

Hakuba Open for the 17/18 season!

Something was in the air yesterday and boards were duly waxed and season passes picked up and ready in case the snow gods provided – Which they did!

A glorious crisp bluebird morning followed by an announcement that Happo and Goryu were both opening to the tune of about 60cm on the upper slopes.

Happo staff greeted the small band of merry makers, bowed and thanked us for making it to the first day of the season. In exchange, Cheers and gratitude for working to open on such short notice.

The upper slopes were covered with nice knee deep dense chalky powder and with lots of space and not many people the fresh turns lasted till lunchtime.

Pitted in Hakuba

The coming seasons Morino Staff are gonna have a hard time outdoing the video edits from the 2017 crew. Here, our man Rowen gives us some 80`s retro & of course a lot of Hakuba powder turns on his ON3Ps.  Great work Rowen!

RICK STUDIOS | PITTED IN HAKUBA from Rowen Tych on Vimeo.