Rusutsu Resort (Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido)

Rusutsu Resort
ルスツリゾート (北海道 留寿都村)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd November 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
Official snow depth 90cm (0cm) [updated on 19th December 2018]

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Rusutsu Resort (often known as just Rusutsu) is located in Rusutsu village to the south east of Mt Yotei in the western region of Hokkaido. The resort is spread over three areas called West Mountain, East Mountain and Mt Isola. The famous Niseko ski and snowboard resorts in are about 30km from Rusutsu by road, on the opposite side of Mt Yotei. Fine views of Mt Yotei can be enjoyed on clearer days. Rusutsu has has been operating since 1972.

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.

The Mountain

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Rusutsu Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 55cm 75cm 1st - 171cm 1st - 243cm 1st - 270cm
2nd 30cm 84cm 2nd - 169cm 2nd - 243cm 2nd - 270cm
3rd 30cm 84cm 3rd - 165cm 3rd - 240cm 3rd - 270cm
4th 25cm 86cm 4th - 167cm 4th - 240cm 4th - 280cm
5th 25cm 95cm 5th - 167cm 5th - 240cm 5th - 270cm
6th 30cm 97cm 6th - 167cm 6th - 235cm 6th - 260cm
7th 30cm 107cm 7th - 169cm 7th - 230cm 7th - 260cm
8th 40cm 108cm 8th - 169cm 8th - 230cm 8th - 250cm
9th 60cm 103cm 9th - 164cm 9th - 237cm 9th - 230cm
10th 90cm 103cm 10th - 160cm 10th - 237cm 10th - 210cm
11th 80cm 98cm 11th - 160cm 11th - 237cm 11th - 200cm
12th 90cm 88cm 12th - 170cm 12th - 247cm 12th - 195cm
13th 80cm 105cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 262cm 13th - 185cm
14th 90cm 110cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 267cm 14th - 185cm
15th 90cm 110cm 15th - 165cm 15th - 270cm 15th - 170cm
16th 90cm 113cm 16th - 170cm 16th - 280cm 16th - 160cm
17th 90cm 118cm 17th - 170cm 17th - 287cm 17th - 155cm
18th 90cm 133cm 18th - 170cm 18th - 297cm 18th - 150cm
19th 90cm 138cm 19th - 175cm 19th - 297cm 19th - 150cm
20th - 150cm 20th - 175cm 20th - 305cm 20th - 145cm
21st - 155cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 312cm 21st - 140cm
22nd - 155cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 312cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - 155cm 23rd - 203cm 23rd - 312cm 23rd - 130cm
24th - 145cm 24th - 203cm 24th - 302cm 24th - 125cm
25th - 140cm 25th - 205cm 25th - 295cm 25th - 120cm
26th - 130cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 295cm 26th - 115cm
27th - 145cm 27th - 213cm 27th - 285cm 27th - 110cm
28th - 165cm 28th - 223cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 105cm
29th - 174cm 29th - 233cm 29th - - 29th - 100cm
30th - 176cm 30th - 243cm 30th 30th - 95cm
31st - 166cm 31st - 243cm 31st 31st - 90cm

Previous Statistics

Rusutsu Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Rusutsu Resort. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski, snowboard and gear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
A number of activities for children are available including the 'Crayon Shin-chan Hiroba' area. There are also 'Crayon Shin-chan' themed lessons and other activities. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Sidecountry Park' area is by the Elite Course (West Mountain) and is usually open from early January until late February.

The 'Freedom Park' (East Mountain) features a variety of snow park items and is usually open from late December until late March. 

Rusutsu Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 8:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 8:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Nighta is usually from 4:00pm until 8:00pm until 31st March 2019

Rusutsu Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
Older Child
Junior High age
60 years & over
1 Day 5,900 yen 3,000 yen 4,900 yen 4,900 yen
6 Hours 5,200 yen 2,600 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
4 Hours 4,600 yen 2,400 yen 3,900 yen 3,900 yen
Nighta 2,600 yen 1,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen
2 Days 11,200 yen 5,700 yen 9,300 yen 9,300 yen
3 Days 16,800 yen 8,500 yen 13,900 yen 13,900 yen
4 Days 22,400 yen 11,400 yen 18,600 yen 18,600 yen
5 Days 28,000 yen 14,000 yen 23,200 yen 23,200 yen
6 Days 33,600 yen 17,000 yen 27,900 yen 27,900 yen
7 Days 39,200 yen 19,900 yen 32,500 yen 32,500 yen
1 Lift Points 400 yen 200 yen 320 yen 320 yen
15 Lift Points 4,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,900 yen 3,900 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 6 Hour ticket is valid for 6 hours from the time of purchase.
The 4 Hour ticket is valid for 4 hours from the time of purchase.
Multiple day tickets include nighta on every day apart from the final day.

Cheaper one-day tickets are available for early skiing (until 7th December 2018) and spring skiing (from 18th March 2019).

The 'K Winter Pass' is a season ticket that covers four snow resorts in Hokkaido - Sapporo Teine, Rusutsu Resort, Sahoro Resort and Nakayamatoge. (And also 4 overseas resorts!) Note: Mount Racey is no longer part of the ticket.

There are three levels of the K Winter Pass ticket - Premium, Gold and Standard - each including varying discounts for ski school and rental for the ticket owner and friends. The full price for the Standard ticket is 88,500 yen for adults, 64,100 yen for high school students and 52,500 yen for younger children.

Getting to Rusutsu Resort

By public transport
30.5km from Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
31.2km from Toyoura Station on the Muroran Honsen line
Transport Information
The nearest train station is Kutchan Station, about 31km from Rusutsu on the other side of Mt Yotei.

>> More information on the Hakodate Honsen train line
Bus services to Rusutsu from Sapporo and Shin Chitose Airport are available.
By Car
30.6km from the Abuta Toyako IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
76.2km from the Sapporo Kita IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 230 (0.1km away)
Route 230 runs through the village and the ski lifts are found on both sides of that road.

The nearest exit of an expressway is Abuta Toyaki IC on the Hokkaido Expressway which is a 31km journey.

Sapporo Kita IC on the Sasson Expressway is 76km away.

>> More information on Hokkaido Expressway
More information on Sasson Expressway

About 90 minutes from Sapporo
About 90 minutes from Otaru
About 40 minutes from Niseko
Free parking is available at the base of the resort.

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