Rusutsu Resort Japan
Enter the Rusutsu white room! The Rusutsu ski resort in Hokkaido is absolute heaven for experienced powderhounds or powderhounds on their "L" plates. With an average annual snowfall of over 14 metres, Rusutsu has some of the most incredible powder and tree skiing to be found anywhere in the world. Frequently the powder at Rusutsu is incredibly dry; you blast right through it with virtually no resistance. It's absolute bliss!
Rusutsu Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Rusutsu Resort has great groomed pistes for beginners and is ideal for intermediates, but the highlight for powderhounds 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, 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 getting in plenty of vertical. Of the 19 lifts, four are gondolas and seven lifts are fast quads with 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. Hokkaido Resort Liner
can provide transport to Rusutsu from Sapporo or the New Chitose Airport.
is only 30-40 minutes away from Rusutsu. If you don’t have your own wheels and want to do a day trip to Rusutsu, you can get transport with Black Diamond Tours
Rusutsu Accommodation and Facilities
The Rusutsu Resort is a bazaar place that displays classical Japanese kitsch. As you enter the resort you are faced with a gigantic merry-go-round and many other features akin to Disney Land. The resort comes complete with a fun park with roller-coasters and a ferris wheel (only open during summer for the golfers), a gymnasium, wave pool, hot springs, a games area for kids and even musical fountains!
Rusutsu has a couple of large glitzy resort hotels at the base of the mountain, but Rusutsu accommodation
options also include cabins and pensions.
Food and Nightlife
Rusutsu Japan has a number of small traditional Japanese restaurants near the base of the mountain as well as resort restaurants, so there is no shortage of dining options. Conversely, the nightlife options are somewhat lacking. Rusutsu is certainly nothing like Niseko Hirafu! There is a sports bar at Rusutsu Resort although it's not open for après drinks. The best fun may be whatever you can make yourself with your duty free alcohol!
Why Ski or Snowboard at Rusutsu Japan?
A ski holiday at Rusutsu Japan is suitable for skiers and snowboarders of most abilities, and anyone who adores powder. The only rider Rusutsu doesn't cater well for is those who want cliffs and white-knuckle steeps. Rusutsu is also well suited to families as there are plenty of activities on offer at the resort for kids.
Rusutsu is great for a day trip from Niseko
but it’s even better if you book a week at Rusutsu; you won’t regret it. You’ll get a taste of the real Japan and it’s Japow nirvana!
Powderhounds.com has given Rusutsu Resort the big thumbs up. Rusutsu is a multi-award winner for the “best ski resort in Japan
” honours. Rusutsu gets nods for the following:
- Best overall ski resort in Japan
- Best off-piste skiing and riding
- Best tree skiing
- Best lift infrastructure
- Best powder
Summary of Pros and Cons
- Amazing quality powder that falls in equally amazing quantities
- Great off-piste and tree skiing
- Rusutsu is much less busy than Niseko
- High quality lift infrastructure that will keep you toasty even on the very cold days
- A ski-in ski-out hotel at the base of the resort
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
- No super steep terrain (as with most Japanese ski resorts)
- No self-contained accommodation with a kitchen e.g. apartments
- Quiet nightlife (as with most Japanese ski resorts)
Tours that Include Rusutsu Ski Resort
- Very family oriented with lots of kids’ activities, 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!
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