Rusutsu Ski Holidays

Japan Holidays

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Andrea Selig

"A quirky resort with an unusual layout, Rusutsu is ideal for a day trip from Niseko, or an add-on for a couple of nights. Love the views - and the empty slopes!"

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 7/10
  • Intermediates: 8/10
  • Advanced: 7/10
  • Families: 3/10
  • Nightlife: 2/10
  • Village Charm: 1/10
  • Affordability: 2/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 2/10
  • Sustainability: N/A

Season: End Nov - Early Apr

Nearest Airport: Chitose

Transfer Time: 2 hours

Transport: Transfer

Elevation: 994 ft

Vertical Drop: 684 ft

Ski Area: 420 ski acres

Ski Lifts: 17

Runs: 37

Grade: 30% advanced
40% intermediates
30% beginners

Why Rusutsu?

Rusutsu is a smaller resort with two large hotels, one of which has a Vegas-style Bavarian village in the lobby and a roller-coaster (not operational in the winter)!

The skiing is on two entirely separate mountain areas, one chiefly for beginners. The second includes masses of rolling cruisers as well as some steeper tree skiing. There are impressive views of the surrounding volcanic landscape dotted with blue lakes.

Rusutsu is an hour’s drive from Niseko, making it easy to visit on a day trip from Niseko.

Ski Safaris Combine other resorts and city's for the complete Japan experience.