As mentioned in the ADVANCED / EXPERT section, Cortina's three backcountry access gates link the resort to some extraordinary out-of-bounds terrain, but there are significant risks associated with entering the backcountry, and once you leave the safety of the resort, you are completely reliant on your skills, your experience and your equipment. Never venture out of bounds alone, nor without:

There are a handful of qualified, capable and experienced backcountry tour operators and independent guides based in the Hakuba area, who make a living during the winter months by safely leading customers to endless epic lines chosen to maximize enjoyment and minimize risk given the current conditions. Consider starting your search with one of the following outfitters: