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


Average: 4 (1 vote)
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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

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Resort stats

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


Resort Map


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.


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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.

13/02/2018 Simon Andrews

Rusutsu is a little more concentrated [than Niseko] but brilliant skiing and a higher concentration of backcountry in comparison to pistes. The apres is non existent though and the bars don't even open until 5pm... I felt a bit restricted at the Rusutsu Resort Hotel, even though it was pleasant enough.

01/03/2017 Alison Mawditt

great skiing and again very organised and helpful staff at the "las Vegas" of Hookido.

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