Rusutsu Resort (Rusutsu Village, Hokkaido)

Rusutsu Resort
(北海道 留寿都村)
Planned season: Friday 4th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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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 - 35cm 1st 130cm 80cm 1st 165cm 150cm 1st 180cm 190cm
2nd - 35cm 2nd 135cm 95cm 2nd 170cm 150cm 2nd 190cm 190cm
3rd - 35cm 3rd 130cm 95cm 3rd 170cm 150cm 3rd 200cm 190cm
4th 50cm 50cm 4th 135cm 95cm 4th 170cm 160cm 4th 195cm 190cm
5th 50cm 55cm 5th 155cm 95cm 5th 190cm 165cm 5th 190cm 190cm
6th 50cm 60cm 6th 150cm 100cm 6th 175cm 175cm 6th 180cm 200cm
7th 40cm 60cm 7th 135cm 100cm 7th 170cm 180cm 7th 180cm 200cm
8th 40cm 60cm 8th 145cm 100cm 8th 175cm 180cm 8th 180cm 195cm
9th 40cm 60cm 9th 145cm 100cm 9th 180cm 180cm 9th 175cm 190cm
10th 40cm 60cm 10th 145cm 100cm 10th 195cm 180cm 10th 175cm 180cm
11th 30cm 55cm 11th 150cm 100cm 11th 200cm 180cm 11th 180cm 170cm
12th 40cm 60cm 12th 135cm 100cm 12th 200cm 180cm 12th 185cm 175cm
13th 30cm 60cm 13th 130cm 100cm 13th 190cm 180cm 13th 180cm 175cm
14th 45cm 60cm 14th 135cm 100cm 14th 185cm 180cm 14th 175cm 175cm
15th 75cm 60cm 15th 145cm 100cm 15th 175cm 150cm 15th 170cm 175cm
16th 82cm 60cm 16th 145cm 100cm 16th 170cm 150cm 16th 165cm 170cm
17th 90cm 60cm 17th 150cm 100cm 17th 170cm 170cm 17th 165cm 170cm
18th 90cm 60cm 18th 150cm 100cm 18th 175cm 170cm 18th 165cm 170cm
19th 99cm 55cm 19th 145cm 100cm 19th 175cm 170cm 19th 165cm 165cm
20th 98cm 50cm 20th 160cm 100cm 20th 170cm 170cm 20th 160cm 155cm
21st 97cm 60cm 21st 160cm 105cm 21st 170cm 170cm 21st 160cm 155cm
22nd 110cm 60cm 22nd 155cm 125cm 22nd 175cm 170cm 22nd 160cm 155cm
23rd 95cm 60cm 23rd 145cm 130cm 23rd 180cm 170cm 23rd 155cm 150cm
24th 90cm 70cm 24th 145cm 135cm 24th 180cm 190cm 24th 150cm 150cm
25th 80cm 70cm 25th 140cm 150cm 25th 185cm 190cm 25th 145cm 150cm
26th 100cm 70cm 26th 140cm 150cm 26th 185cm 190cm 26th 130cm 150cm
27th 110cm 70cm 27th 140cm 150cm 27th 190cm 190cm 27th 125cm 145cm
28th 110cm 70cm 28th 140cm 150cm 28th 185cm 190cm 28th 120cm 140cm
29th 105cm 70cm 29th 140cm 150cm 29th - 190cm 29th 115cm 135cm
30th 105cm 70cm 30th 145cm 150cm 30th 30th 110cm 130cm
31st 115cm 65cm 31st 165cm 150cm 31st 31st 105cm 125cm

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
Early skiing season is from Friday 4th December 2020 until Friday 11th December 2021.

Spring skiing season is from Monday 15th March 2021 until Sunday 4th April 2021.

Night skiing is from 4:00pm until 8:15pm, until 31st March 2021.

Rusutsu Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 6,200 yen 3,200 yen 5,500 yen
6 Hours 5,500 yen 2,800 yen 4,800 yen
4 Hours 4,900 yen 2,600 yen 4,100 yen
Nighta (4pm-8pm) 2,800 yen 1,500 yen 2,400 yen
2 Days 11,700 yen 5,900 yen 9,800 yen
3 Days 17,500 yen 8,800 yen 14,600 yen
4 Days 23,300 yen 11,700 yen 19,400 yen
5 Days 29,100 yen 14,600 yen 24,200 yen
6 Days 34,900 yen 1,700 yen 29,000 yen
7 Days 40,700 yen 20,400 yen 33,800 yen
1 Lift Points 500 yen 300 yen 400 yen
15 Lift Points 5,000 yen 2,700 yen 4,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The 6 Hour ticket is valid for six hours from the time of purchase.
The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four 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 11th December 2020) and spring skiing (from 15th March 2021).

The 'K Winter Pass' is a season ticket that covers four snow resorts in Hokkaido - Sapporo Teine, Rusutsu Resort, Sahoro Resort and Nakayamatoge.

There are three levels of the K Winter Pass ticket - Premium, Gold and Standard - each including varying discounts for ski school, rental for the ticket owner and friends and other stuff. The full price for the Standard ticket is 90,200 yen for adults; 65,300 yen for high school students and 53,500 yen for younger children. The most expensive Premium ticket costs 161,600 yen!

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.

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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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