Winner of ‘Japan’s Best Ski Resort‘ at the World Ski Awards for 4 out of the past 6 years, there are excellent reasons why Rusutsu Hokkaido should be the destination of your Japan ski holiday. Rusutsu ski resort offers world class powder conditions and immaculate pistes without the footfall of its more famous neighbouring resort. Its location offers shelter, meaning the snowstorms that all too often close Niseko’s upper lifts have less impact in Rusutsu. With the World Ski Award’s winner of the ‘Best New Ski Hotel 2021’, The Vale Rusutsu at its base, is it time you head to the Hokkaido ski resort everyone is talking about?
Rusutsu Ski Resort
Rusutsu ski resort is located in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Being near the base of Mount Youtei, Rusutsu is known for its deep, powdery snow, extensive ski runs, and stunning natural beauty. Rusutsu is situated about 90 minutes from Sapporo New Chitose Airport, making it an easily accessible Japanese skiing holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. Spanning 3 mountains, West Mountain, East Mountain, and Mt. Isola, a major attraction of Rusutsu is its variety of runs to suit all abilities, from beginner to advanced. The resort has separate areas for beginners, intermediates, and experts, and there are excellent off-piste areas for experiencing Hokkaido’s deep powder. Runs are well-groomed and maintained, and because the resort doesn’t tend to get too busy, they tend to stay in excellent condition. There are a wide range of winter activities on offer at Rusutsu including heli-skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, among others.
Rusutsu Ski Resort has several restaurants, cafes, and bars, offering a range of cuisine from traditional Japanese food to international dishes. The resort also has hot springs and wellness facilities, including spas and massage services, for visitors to relax and rejuvenate after a long day on the slopes. Amenities are provided at the base of the slopes at the large ski in ski out hotels that service its guests, rather than in a classic ski resort town. Rusutsu is a particularly family-friendly ski resort with dedicated areas for children, including a ski school, snow play area, and snow park. Childcare services and a kids’ club are also available, allowing parents to enjoy the slopes while their children are taken care of. There are increasingly new choices for accommodation in Rusutsu including ski in ski out hotels, and chic modern villas.
Rusutsu Resort Info
While Niseko offers immense snowfall and Furano milder weather, Rusutsu may provide the perfect combination of both. At Rusutsu ski resort you can enjoy amazing conditions without sharing them with the masses!
|Season||November – April|
|Park||Yes – 3 kids parks and 1 terrain park|
|Lifts||4 Gondola / 14 Lifts|
|Best for||Powder snow, premium on and off-piste terrain, ski in ski out|
|Terrain||30% Beginner / 40% Intermediate / 30% Expert|
|Lift Pass||Rusutsu Resort Pass & Epic Pass|
Rusutsu Trail Map
Rusutsu ski resort offers 18 lifts including 4 gondolas and 37 courses, which span 3 mountains, West Mt, East Mt ad Mt Isola. Rusutsu Resort base and ski in ski out hotels are located at the foot of West Mt. with easy access to the family run, ski schools and Rusutsu’s night skiing. East Mt. comprises a variety of runs for all levels with majestic Youtei views, while Mt. Isola is the home of some of Rusutsu’s more challenging terrain for advanced riders.
THE WORLD'S BEST NEW SKI HOTEL
THE VALE RUSUTSU
RUSUTSU RESORT SKI IN SKI OUT CONDOMINIUM HOTEL
Voted the World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2021 at the World Ski Awards, The Vale Rusutsu offers luxurious ski in ski out accommodation with a range of suites, apartments and penthouses, sumptuous dining and indulgent indoor and outdoor onsen.
The Vale Rusutsu is currently available with a 20% early booking discount for the 2023-24 winter season (offer available for a limited time only – blackout dates apply). Enquire with our team about booking The Vale Rusutsu for your next stay in Japan.
2023-24 EARLY BIRDS OPEN
Niseko and Hakuba bookings have now opened for next season, with discounts of up to 30% for a limited time only!