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Niseko Powder Progression Tour for Snowboarders

Rusutsu Japan
Rusutsu Japan
Rusutsu is a fantastic powder skiing destination
Rusutsu is a fantastic powder skiing destination
The powder can be amazing!
The powder can be amazing!
The Rusutsu ski resort also has some great groomed runs
The Rusutsu ski resort also has some great groomed runs
Amazing backcountry behind the hotel
Amazing backcountry behind the hotel
The small Rusutsu village
The small Rusutsu village
Westin Rusutsu Resort
Westin Rusutsu Resort
The Rusutsu Resort Hotel is ski-in ski-out
The Rusutsu Resort Hotel is ski-in ski-out
Shiribetsu Heli Skiing - click on the image for more info
Shiribetsu Heli Skiing - click on the image for more info
It's like Disneyland inside the hotel
It's like Disneyland inside the hotel
Where else but Japan would there be a singing tree?
Where else but Japan would there be a singing tree?
Ski Rusutsu Japan
Ski Rusutsu Japan
Rusutsu is incredibly family oriented
Rusutsu is incredibly family oriented
Rusutsu Resort has indoor ski lessons for the little ones
Rusutsu Resort has indoor ski lessons for the little ones
Plenty of Fresh Tracks
Plenty of Fresh Tracks
Rusutsu Deep Powder
Rusutsu Deep Powder
Heli skiing - click on the image for more info
Heli skiing - click on the image for more info
Heli skiing terrain - click on the image for more info
Heli skiing terrain - click on the image for more info
Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Resort
The powder out heli skiing - click on the image for more info
The powder out heli skiing - click on the image for more info

Rusutsu

Rusutsu Resort Japan

Enter the Rusutsu white room! The Rusutsu Ski Resort in Hokkaido is absolute heaven for experienced powder hounds or powder hounds on their "L" plates. With an average annual snowfall of over 14 metres, the Rusutsu Resort has some of the most incredible powder and tree skiing to be found anywhere in the world. Frequently the powder is incredibly dry; you blast right through it with virtually no resistance. It's absolute bliss!

Rusutsu Hokkaido is great for a day trip from Niseko to experience some Japow nirvana, but it’s even better if you book a multi-day stay at Rusutsu.

Rusutsu Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Rusutsu Ski Resort has great groomed piste for beginners and is very good for intermediates, but the highlight for powder hounds is the fantastic fall line tree skiing that can be easily accessed straight off the lifts and with minimal traversing (joy for snowboarders!). The great powder runs generally don't have steep pitches or drop-offs, so it's a great place to learn to ski or board powder or just revel in the joys of moving effortlessly through the abundant dry powder. You don't have to share the fresh lines with many others as the resort is generally uncrowded relative to nearby Niseko, and even on the weekends it's rare to see a lift line.

The lift infrastructure is very well developed so it's possible to stay warm whilst scoring plenty of vertical. Of the 18 lifts, four are gondolas and there are 6 fast quad chairs, 5 of which have hoods - very decadent!

Where is Rusutsu Resort? Rusutsu Resort is located 90 minutes southwest of Sapporo and only a 90 minute drive from the New Chitose International Airport. There are shuttle buses between Rusutsu and the New Chitose Airport, and between Rusutsu and the city of Sapporo (booking available from October onwards).

Niseko is only 30-40 minutes away from Rusutsu Ski Resort and there are a few ground transport operators between the two resorts, or you can get from Niseko to Rusutsu for the day as part of a guided tour.

Rusutsu Accommodation

The main Rusutsu accommodation consists of two large hotels. The Rusutsu Resort Hotel is conveniently ski-in ski-out, has a huge number of facilities, and is incredibly family friendly. TheWestin Rusutsu Resort (formerly the Rusutsu Tower Hotel) is a large glitzy hotel with extra spacious rooms. Other Rusutsu lodging options include cabins and pensions. See our Rusutsu accommodation page for more information.

NB You can look at Rusutsu accommodation availability here via these 3 links:

Family Friendly & Facilities

The Rusutsu Resort is a bazaar place that displays classical Japanese kitsch. As you enter the Rusutsu Resort Hotel you are faced with a bizarre singing tree, an antique merry-go-round, and many other features akin to Disneyland. The hotel also has dancing bears, a wave pool and games arcades. There is also a kids’ snow park with tubing, snow biking and other fun activities.

The resort comes complete with an outdoor amusement park with roller-coasters and a ferris wheel, but this is only open during summer!

Food and Nightlife

The Rusutsu hotels have an array of restaurants, and there are also various small traditional Japanese restaurants near the base of the mountain, so there is no shortage of dining options. Conversely, the nightlife options are somewhat lacking with only a few quiet bars. Rusutsu is certainly nothing like Niseko Hirafu! The best fun may be whatever you can make yourself with your duty free alcohol!

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Amazing quality powder that falls in equally amazing quantities
  • Great off-piste and tree skiing (and it's not banned)
  • High quality lift infrastructure that will keep you toasty even on the very cold days
  • Rusutsu is less busy compared with Niseko
  • Rusutsu Japan is suitable for skiers and snowboarders of most abilities, and anyone who adores powder.
  • Rusutsu is very well suited to families as there are plenty of activities on offer at the resort for kids.
  • The ski-in ski-out Rusutsu Resort Hotel is very convenient.
  • Lots of English signs and lots of English speaking staff at the resort.
  • Powderhounds.com has given Rusutsu Resort “best ski resort in Japan” honours for the off-piste skiing, tree skiing, lift infrastructure, powder and overall. Wow that’s a lot of accolades!
  • The only proper heli skiing in Japan runs on the mountain adjacent to Rusutsu. Check out the Shiribetsu Heli Skiing packages.

Cons

  • The only rider Rusutsu doesn't cater well for is those looking for cliffs and white-knuckle steeps (as with most Japanese ski resorts).
  • Negligible self-contained accommodation with a kitchen e.g. apartments
  • The hotel accommodation can be very expensive and the inexpensive accom is very popular so it can be hard to get into.
  • Quiet nightlife (as with most Japanese ski resorts)

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective

  • Rusutsu is very family friendly although they only offer private ski lessons in English and the child care staff don’t speak English.
  • Rusutsu comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect of a world class resort, and rather than providing what westerners might perceive as a traditional Japanese culture, it offers a modern Japanese cultural experience and some classic Japanese kitsch!

Tours That May Include Rusutsu

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Storm Chaser DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Areas
From price based on twin-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,200
Book and pay deposit prior to C.O.B. August 31st 2016 and get 10% off the advertised price.
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Niseko United area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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Hokkaido Snow Tow DETAILS
HOSTED & SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURE
6 Nights | 7 Days | 5 Skiing | 5 Ski Areas
From price based on triple/quad-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in yen not inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,496
Book and pay deposit prior to Nov 30, 2016 and get 14.7% off advertised price
Book by November 30 & get 14.7% off the advertised price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Take the hassle out of organising your powder adventure to Hokkaido Japan next season by joining one of these great unguided tours. You still have the freedom to do your own thing at the ski areas but all of the logistics are taken care of.
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Renaissance Rider (Nth & Sth Islands) DETAILS
GUIDED SKI & CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
14 Day | 13 Nights | 8 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in yen not inc 8% taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,784
Book and pay deposit by Aug 31 2016 for 7% off advertised price
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Immerse yourself in Japan's rich culture and ski powder up to your eyeballs at some of Japan's best destinations. Includes Kyoto & Tokyo tours & flight from Kyoto to Sapporo.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Niseko Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM NISEKO
For private groups of up to 6 guests
From price based on Niseko guided day tour (private group of 6 guests).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 88
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are in Niseko, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Niseko or at one of the nearby ski areas such as Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kiroro, Kokusai or Tiene. Tours are for private groups only of up to 6 guests.
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BDT Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED SKI & SNOWBOARDING DAY TOURS
Niseko Area | Private & Mixed Groups
From price based on Powder Hunter tour (lift ticket not included) per person.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 140
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on an epic day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas. Other areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Tiene, Kokusai, Shiranetsu, Yotei & Kurodake.
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Powder Progression for Skiers DETAILS
GUIDED SKIER PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days - Niseko + 3 Other Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,035
Book by 30th Sept 2016 and get $AU100 off for tour dates of 27th Dec, 14th Jan, 19th Feb, 26th Feb & 5th March
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski deep powder and look like a pro? This tour focuses on helping you to develop your powder skiing skills whilst maintaining optimal fun. Includes day trips to Kiroro, Rusutsu & Moiwa
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours
Kiroro Guiding DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM KIRORO
Private (up to 7 guests) or mixed group
From price based on guided day tour in Kiroro (mixed group).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 132
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you're based in Kiroro, make the most of this powder laden resort by getting a guide to show you all the tastiest spots. Join a group for lift access backcountry riding or snowcat assisted BC touring, or private guiding is available for sidecountry & backcountry tours, or day trips to Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu, Teine..
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Backcountry Touring Day Trips DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY DAY TOURS
Niseko & Surrounding Areas | Private Groups Only
From price based on private group of 5 guests.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 121
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided BACKCOUNTRY day in or around Niseko then this could be the trip for you. This tour is specifically for those who are happy to earn their turns and are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests (but 6+ is also doable).
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Hokkaido - Honshu Expedition DETAILS
HOKKAIDO & HONSHU GUIDED BC TOUR
12 Nights | 11 Guided Ski Days
From price based on twin/triple-share.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,951
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This ADVANCED+ ski and snowboard tour starts with 4 days in the Southwest of Hokkaido and then heads south to Honshu where you will ski or ride some of Tohoku's epic hidden gems. The tour includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need to have any experience in this area.
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Lift Access Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED LIFT ACCESS DAY TOURS
Niseko & Nearby Areas | Private Groups Only
From price based on private group of 5 guests.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 121
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 11, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Oct 20, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are staying in NISEKO and are looking for a guided day at Niseko or a RESORT NEARBY this could be the trip for you. This tour aims to use the lifts where possible to minimise hiking. These tours are for private groups of 1 - 5 guests however 6 or more is possible with extra guides
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Heli Skiing Tours
Shiribetsu-Dake Day Heliskiing DETAILS
DAY HELI SKIING NISEKO - 6 RUN PACKAGE
Includes Niseko pickup & lunch
From price based on 6-run heli ski day.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,408
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
At last, a Niseko heli skiing operation! Make this one of the best days of your life skiing Hokkaido's deep dry powder on a dormant volcano (next door to Rusutsu and not far from Niseko).
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Cat Skiing Tours
Shimamaki Snowcat Adventures DETAILS
GUIDED CAT SKIING ADVENTURE (2 or 4 days)
Stay in a Traditional Japanese Inn Inc All Meals
From price based on triple share 2-day package.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,276
Book by June 30 2016 and get 10% off advertised price
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This is the best Japan cat skiing! Departing from Niseko, the trip offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing & boarding, staying in a traditional coastal Japanese inn. Ride deep untracked powder all day, feast on Japanese cuisine and soak in the hotel's onsen in the evening.
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Niseko Cat Skiing DETAILS
NISEKO CAT SKIING | Single day, guided
From price based on per person with a minimum of 4 persons to operate. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
Price p/p
USD 475
Ability: Advanced, Expert
A day of awesome guided cat skiing near Niseko in backcountry terrain with some steep lines, technical trees, and pillows and mushrooms. The snowcat skiing is ideal for those craving bottomless untracked powder runs.
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