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,
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.