By far the greatest place I have ever skied not only in Japan but also in American and Europe.
Large resort with many things to offer. Two complete sides connected by a gondola. Plenty to see and do. Best powder snow I have ever seen, so soft you can glide right through it. Lots of off trail skiing where you can find your own adventure. Fantastic runs if that is more your alley. Plenty of lifts with very short lines,
Furano is best known for its fields of lavender and being the scene of the drama called "Kita no Kuni Kara" (From Northern Country) with its rustic stone and log house. Recently, the town of Furano has been making efforts to attract more foreigners to visit, and it seems to have been successful judging from the number of non Japanese that we saw on our trip. Asahikawa airport allows easy access (much faster than through Shin Chitose/Sapporo airport).
When my wife and I first visited Rusutsu during mid Dec07, we experienced wonderful powder and had a really great time.
The slopes can be found on 3 mountains and the runs are much more interesting at Mt Isola (best) and East Mtn. The rooms at Rusutsu Resort are large and comfortable but pricey. In Dec08, our kids joined us as well.
While the snow wasn't as good and some runs especially the blacks were not opened, we had a
Speend 4 days in the resort. Got a north wing room, and ski locker, and needed to walk 10 to 15 mins to go to ski school or eggs to go to Isola. (carring the kids skis get really tiring). The resort is really badly designed, main hotel far from slopes. have to go up and down with ski shoes...etc
The snow was ok, 2 days great, 1 day icy and gravel, not so good.
I was definitely mislead by "the tallest mountain in Hokkaido," I was expecting a lot more vert.
As it was time at Asahidake went like this - wait for the rope way, battle the wind for 500m to get across a skating rink of an upper mountain, enjoy 15 of the best turns you'll find anywhere in blower pow, freeze your ass off riding a flat cattrack back to the ropeway, wait 10 min for the ropeway to leave - repeat