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Rusutsu Resort Ski Resort Guide

Rusutsu Resort Ski Resort Guide

Mt Yotei from Rusutsu, Rusutsu Resort photo

Rusutsu Resort

Photo credit: Mike Banks

Cottages at Rusutsu, Rusutsu Resort photo

Rusutsu Resort

Photo credit: Mike Banks

Big Ski Resort in Nippon., Rusutsu Resort photo

Rusutsu Resort

Photo credit: Hiro

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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 28 Jan

  • Last Snowfall: 28 January 2015
  • Snow Depth (upper): 255 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 255 cm
  • Piste: Good
  • Off-piste: Varied

Today’s Weather (697 m)

snow showers
20 W20
-11 °C F-Level
snow showers
15 WNW15
-9 °C F-Level
snow showers
15 W15
-8 °C F-Level

Rusutsu Resort is Hokkaido's largest independently operated resort (although smaller than the combined area of the Niseko resorts) and arguably home to the island's best lift system. Most chairlifts at Rusutsu Resort are detachable quads making for quick laps and almost no lineups even on the busiest days. This hill offers a little something for everyone with moderate terrain for beginners, wide open cruisers for intermediates and an endless selection of gladed, off-piste powder for experts. There is a fair amount of accommodation at the base of Rusutsu Resort but very little in terms of night life or restaurant selection. If you are looking for this, Hirafu village in nearby Niseko is your best bet about 30-40 minutes away. The resort offers a bus and lift ticket package from Sapporo and there are a number of operators in Niseko that can provide transfers and lift tickets to Rusutsu Resort.

Resorts close to Rusutsu Resort include: Nakayamatoge Kogen Hotel (19 km), Niseko Hirafu (20 km), Niseko Village (21 km), Niseko Hanazono Resort (23 km), Niseko Annupuri (23 km),

Rusutsu Resort Location Maps

Rusutsu Resort Location Map

All Rusutsu Resort Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 37
  • Beginner: 30%
  • Intermediate: 40%
  • Advanced: 30%
  • Cross-country: -
  • Snowmaking: -
  • Acres of ski: 420
  • Terrain Parks: 1
  • Halfpipes: 1


  • Restaurants: 20
  • Bars: -
  • Slopeside accommodation: -

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 594 m


  • Chairlifts: 13
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 4
  • Toplift: m


  • Season opens: 7 Dec 2014
  • Season closes: 5 Apr 2015

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Visitor Reviews of Rusutsu Resort

Rueben from Australia writes:

Rusutsu used to offer a great family ski environment with no apres. Over the years it has increasingly gotten busier with bus loads of rude Europeans and ugly Australians doing day trips from Niseko which was really noticeable in 2014. Where once you could get fresh tracks lasting days it is now tracked within 1/2 day.
For those chasing a quieter resort their are better options.
In comparison to other international resorts it still can offer an excellent trip. Everyone just needs to relax a little and take a leaf from the locals and have some respect for others.

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City Forecasts
Closest to Rusutsu Resort

city forecasts
Date, Japan 31 km
Muroran, Japan 45 km
Otaru, Japan 50 km
Sapporo, Japan 52 km
Tomakomai, Japan 54 km

Surf Breaks
Closest to Rusutsu Resort

surf forecast
Choshi, Japan 783 km
Torami, Japan 820 km
Shida, Japan 826 km
Izumi, Japan 829 km
Ohara, Japan 835 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Rusutsu Resort

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Rusutsu Resort

mountain forecasts
Shiribetsu, Japan 2 km
Yotei, Japan 11 km
Mount Horohoro, Japan 23 km
Showashinzan, Japan 23 km
Mount Usu, Japan 24 km