Rusutsu Ski Holidays

A quirky resort with quiet slopes and excellent tree runs, Rusutsu doesn’t get nearly as tracked out as neighbouring Niseko.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
A quirky resort with quiet slopes and excellent tree runs, Rusutsu doesn’t get nearly as tracked out as neighbouring Niseko.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Summary

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A quirky, powder-filled paradise, Rusutsu is one of our top Hokkaido choices for short stays and day trips.

Around 14-metres of fresh powder falls on this resort each year. Add to this the exceptionally good tree-skiing and exceptionally good off-piste, and you see why ski holidays in Rusutsu are so popular with powder skiers.

With a backdrop of volcanoes and blue lakes, the ski area covers two mountains - East and West. Connected by a gondola, most of the skiing is on East Mountain, and the slopes can be blissfully quiet on weekdays. For freestyle fans, the terrain park is excellent, while beginners and children have dedicated zones for learning.

Most resort facilities are based at the quirky Rusutsu Hotel, with its Bavarian village and singing tree. Here, there are 11 or so restaurants and bars, as well as classic Japanese onsens (hot springs) and a wave pool.

Rusutsu is a fantastic place to spend a few days, or include as a day trip from Niseko (an hour away) - smaller than our other resorts, we recommend 3-4 days here, rather than a whole week.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Rusutsu Resort Guide

Make the most of your Rusutsu ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
December to April
Nearest airport
Sapporo Chitose
Transfer time
2 hours
Transport
Transfer
Elevation
994 m
Vertical drop
594 m
Ski area
420 ski acres
Ski lifts
17
Runs
37
Grade
30% advanced
40% intermediates
30% beginners

Maps

Resort Map

Accommodation

The two main accommodation options in Rusutsu are both ski-in ski-out: pick between the resort-style Rusutsu Hotel with its in-house mall and Disney-like quirks; or the 1-2 bedroom suites at Westin Resort - a monorail ride from the Rusutsu Hotel.

We’ve stayed at or visited both Rusutsu accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best one for you.

Featured accommodation

Westin Rusutsu Resort
  • Breakfast Included
  • Close to Slopes
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Spa
The Westin Rusutsu Resort is a huge property with a great range of facilities, and a monorail to take you across to Rusutsu North & South Wings.
  • Breakfast Included
  • Close to Ski School
  • Close to Slopes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pool
  • Ski-in Ski-out
  • Spa
The Rusutsu North & South Wings is a huge resort-like property with over 300 rooms and the facilities to match.

Reviews

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10/03/2018 Steven Jones

Fabulous skiing, so much space. A quirky resort but with lots of choice.

27/02/2018 Stephen Harris

Crazy place, Disney on snow. Great place to ski.

20/02/2018 Alan Butel

Liked this resort the best for the snow conditions and access to in bounds "off piste". A large hotel with lots of options for eating.

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News

A Little Taste of Japow

A Little Taste of Japow

29th March 2018 - Craig Charley

Back in March 2017, six of our team headed to Japan to experience first-hand the outstanding skiing and unique culture. We were based in Niseko but also skied the nearby resorts of Kiroro and Rusutsu before rounding the trip off with 24 hours in Tokyo. Myself, Andy, Hannah and Matt had never...

Telegraph Japan Readers' Trip

Looking Back at Our 2018 Japan Group Trips

28th March 2018 - Andrea Selig

It's been a bumper year for group trips to Hokkaido. Two trips with the Warren Smith Ski Academy provided expert tuition on powder techniques. A trip with the editor and readers of Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Magazine and finally our very own Niseko Powder Week were both focussed on searching out...