Rusutsu Resort resort review (Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido)

Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
Submitted by cody on 12th January 2015
Great powder and few people to share it with!
Rusutsu is an interesting place to visit and ski.

It is a relatively small area compared with Niseko, for example, but the lack of terrain is more than made up for by the powder which is more easily accessible than Niseko where you need to wait for the gate to open to the top of the mountain.

Outside of the resort Hotel and Towers, there is limited accommodation in Pension type B&B"s.

We stayed in Pension Lilla Huset which is located across the road from the resort Hotel. There is short walk to the gondola each morning.
It's family owned and run and highly recommended. There are also relatively few restaurants outside the Hotel and we chose to eat in, the food was excellent!

The ski runs at are relatively short, and off the piste there is abundant tree skiing. One small problem is that a lot of the runs are down ridges which end in gullies, meaning a run out on trails which are fairly flat....a bit annoying, particularly for those on boards!

This aside there is plenty of terrain to keep you amused and we were blessed with snow, nice and dry, most days of our stay.

I have skied Rusutsu over a number of years and usually combined this with a visit to Niseko (a week or so at each). I find the combination of both resorts provides variety, particularly with regard to terrain.

All in all, I highly recommend Rusutsu.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: Dry powder
Things I liked: Off piste tree skiing, relatively few people.
Things I didn't like: Limited nightlife. This is of no concern to me really, however, if you desire a night out, opportunites are sparse.
Recommended for: Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
Ungroomed courses
Authentic Japan experience
Not recommended for: Beginner riders
General score: 85
Snow conditions: 90
Courses/Terrain: 75
Lift system: 85
Apres ski: 45

Rusutsu Resort

Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido
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Average Rankings

General score: 85
Snow conditions: 88
Courses/Terrain: 82
Lift system: 82
Apres ski: 43

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 994m
Min. elevation: 400m
Vertical: 594m
Steepest slope: 40°
Longest course: 3500m
Number of lifts: 18

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