TOP RECOMMENDATIONS Rusutsu Resort
A large-scale resort and one of Hokkaido's best snow playgrounds
Rusutsu Resort houses a resort hotel and ski slopes within its grounds and is one of largest single ski resorts in the whole of Hokkaido. Thirty-seven courses extend over the West, East, and Isola Mountains, offering a wealth of snow activities that cater to all levels, from beginners to professionals. The dry powder snow that falls on the resort’s slopes is considered top class and this, combined with beautiful views of Mt. Yotei and Lake Toya, make the resort a popular destination for snow travel. Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention is at the resort base, and you will find a wide variety of facilities here, including the Rusutsu Onsen (open July 2019), making Rusutsu an excellent choice for an extended stay.
How to get there
Reach the resort by the Rusutsu Go — a free shuttle bus service from Sapporo. Alternatively, staying guests can pay to take a Bigruns shuttle from New Chitose Airport. Both journeys take around two hours and reservations are required. A Resort Liner bus bound for Rusutsu and Niseko also departs from New Chitose Airport for a small fare.
The resort is around 90 minutes from New Chitose Airport. Follow National Road 36 and Prefectural Road 16, onto Route 453 and National Road 276 then onto Route 230 to the resort.
You can book a helicopter service that takes you directly to the resort from each airport in Hokkaido.
Snow satisfaction on three mountains blanketed with Hokkaido’s finest quality flakes
The powder snow that falls on the Rusutsu Resort has a very low moisture content of 5 percent. This makes it some of the best powder around — even in Hokkaido where the overall snow quality is high. There are 37 courses split across three mountains, the West Mountain, East Mountain, and Isola Mountain, providing snow travelers plenty of options. One course on the Isola Mountain is over 2,000 meters long offering skiers and snowboarders some serious satisfaction. For the ultimate powder adventure, try heli-skiing through the backcountry on Mt. Shiribetsu.
Plenty of alternative activities
The Rusutsu Resort offers a wealth of outdoor activities beyond skiing and snowboarding. At the resort, you can try snowmobiling, snow biking, snow rafting or dog sledding. Alternatively, you can ride a horse, snowshoe, ski hike or sit down to some ice fishing. If you prefer to stay indoors, clamber up the bouldering wall or the 8-meter rope climbing zone, splash around in the indoor wave pool, or burn off some calories in the fitness gym. With plenty of activities to enjoy, the Rusutsu Resort is the perfect place to stay even if you don’t ski.
Welcome to Rusutsu City, where a comfortable stay is guaranteed
Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention and Westin Rusutsu Resort are both situated at the foot of the mountains. Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention is conveniently located with immediate access to the slopes, and it is fully equipped with a wide range of facilities. Enjoy brand name shopping or a wide range of attractions such as a two-story high carousel, a 4D theatre, and projection mapping displays. Alternatively, enjoy luxurious comfort at the Westin Rusutsu Ski Resort. The resort has won the Best Japanese Ski Hotel category of the World Ski Awards for three years running. This is a perfect choice for anyone who is looking to stay at a resort hotel and enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and snow activities in a comfortable environment.