Final day of a week in Hokkaido with my sons. This was my 2nd time to Rusutsu and it again did not disappoint. The snow depth seemed a bit less than Niseko but was still fun. My boys liked it a lot as well. Best part is skiing the trees then dumping out on to a groomer to get back to a lift - no hiking required
We day tripped from Niseko, signed up for the off-piste "no hike" side country area, then waded through thigh deep snow in the trees. The snow seemed a slight bit heavy which made it difficult to move downhill at times since the terrain was not very steep. It was bitterly cold as well with wind so we had to warm up every few runs. I would like to catch a rare good weather day following snow which
Day 3 of son trip (took a down day in Sapporo...check out the beer museum).
We bought the Hanazono only pass and were not disappointed. Similar to my previous Niseko trip, I don't think we saw the sun. The snow would let up a bit, then start again. Tracks on groomers would fill in after a few hours. All that is fine - we came for powder. We did laps under the upper quad chair, and when the
Day 2 of my sons and my Hokkaido week. We day tripped from Furano in some blustery conditions but while skiing it was mainly gray overcast. We did the arm band thing which grants us the OK to ski off piste (unless that was Kiroro?). We didn't have new snow so skiing was just so-so. Plus, off-piste wasn't readily available other than in the trees at the resort boundary (where we maybe weren't supposed to go). My sons
Me and my boys thoroughly enjoyed our morning off-piste run to the far right (skiers view) with some amazing powder turns in unexpected sunshine. However, we had a long run-out that included a short uphill step by a dam so we didn't repeat the run. The rest of the day was spent looking for powder with limited success as it seemed to be skied out. The lift infrastructure overall seemed decent. We only did one day which
After 2 days at Niseko I took one of the buses to Rusutsu to give that a go (bus transfer is easy from the transportation hub with two different outfits). The area base is kind of different since a smallish set of runs is at the resort/hotel base, but the better skiing is on the adjacent mountain which you ride a gondola to access, and then a chair or two to get where you want to go.