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For incredibly deep powder like Niseko but without the crowds, there's no better resort in Japan than Rusutsu! The mountain sees tons of light and dry snow and there's plenty to bounce through in the sidecountry and between the trees. There's also a good amount of groomers which are loved by locals meaning anything off-piste generally remains untracked for longer. The limited nightlife, dining, and variety of accommodation may disappoint some visitors here but for any keen powderhound, Rusutsu is an absolute dream!

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RusutsuAkakura Kanko
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total runs37 10
ski area524ac -
summit elevation3,261ft 4,921ft
total lifts18 7
child lift ticket¥3,000 JPY ($27 USD) ¥3,000 JPY ($27 USD)
adult lift ticket¥5,900 JPY ($52 USD) ¥4,300 JPY ($38 USD)
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Rusutsu Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 14 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Jun 21, 2018
Wes S. Wes S.
advanced skier
Rusutsu has the sweetest powder on the groomers and the tree skiing is epic. Spread over 3 mountains the wide trails are deserted . The best ski holiday in Australasia !!... More
Superb!4.6 / 5May 01, 2018
Gaz G. Gaz G.
advanced snowboarder
Best resort in Japan. All the snow of Niseko and none of the crowds. Fresh lines all day! Plus there's an abandoned theme park, what more could you want? I've ridden all over Japan and Rusutsu is the best.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Jan 04, 2018
MDMarcel D.
intermediate snowboarder
Rusutsu is very great, smaller than other neighboring resorts but still very upmost quality. Will want to go again as I know it is a state of the art resort.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Dec 23, 2017
ABAlex B.
advanced snowboarder
Rusutsu is a little smaller than the nearby Niseko area, but offers very good value for the price. The snow amount is comparable to Niseko and it is much less crowded. The West mount offers a very family friendly area with several gentle slopes, while the east mount and Mt. Isola have several very challenging runs to offer. I can definitely... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Dec 23, 2017
KRKen R.
advanced skier
We were staying in Niseko and wanted to explore the surrounds and Rusutsu was recommended. We liked it so much, we went back a second day. An extremely family friendly resort with kids rides in hotel foyer and definitely geared towards the family ski holiday. But more than ample terrain for me a 20+ yr skier and my colleague a boarder. Excellent... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Dec 17, 2017
BCBabar C.
expert skier
Easily accessible with a short bus ride from Kutchan. Stops right outside the main Hotel with quick access to the lifts and probably the best champagne powder you will ever experience in the world. It will be very difficult to stop grinning after the day in an osen with a nice cool Sapporo beer to end the day.... More
Good!3.9 / 5Dec 17, 2017
LVLukas V.
expert skier
Rusutsu is a really good resort for backcountry and powder skiing, especially because it gets the same amount of snow as niseko, just not the crowds because it's less known than Niseko.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Dec 11, 2017
BWBrian W.
expert skier
Rusutsu is a hidden gem. It's becoming more and more popular, but there is still plenty of terrain to accommodate crowds. The terrain varies from mellow gladed runs to steep open trails, groomed and ungroomed, with excellent side-country and backcountry access. The town is somewhat underdeveloped aside from the one massive sky-scrapper hotel at the... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Dec 08, 2017
RNRico N.
beginner snowboarder
It's been couple of times staying in Rusutsu ski resort of Westin hotel in Hokkaido. As a professional photographer, i have been travelling around Japan since few years ago exploring ski resorts and onsen resorts in Japan. I feel like home, i feel like it welcome me well everytime i visit Rusutsu. The facilities, the instructure for my... More
Average!3.2 / 5Dec 07, 2017
DRDavid R.
advanced snowboarder
Rusutsu is HUGE!!! (by Japanese standards) You can really let loose and experience a multitude of terrains at various levels. The park is magnificent in scale and never feels crowded. Getting around the resort can be confusing at times, but if you are spending more than a day there you won't be disappointed at getting lost. There are a lot of... More

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