Skiing at Rusutsu is a magical experience that is sure to leave you with a lifetime of memories. Situated in Hokkaido, Japan, and located just an hour from Sapporo, Rusutsu is one of the largest ski resorts in the country. Close to Niseko and the extinct volcano Mt Yotei. The resort itself is a modern-day mecca consisting of every possible facility to keep just about everyone entertained. The lift network is spread over 3 peaks offering a wide variety of terrain catering to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The peak of Mt Izola offers the best terrain with long and challenging runs combined with panoramic scenery. Plenty of other activities other than skiing can be enjoyed such as dog-sledding, snowmobiling, snow-rafting and tubing. With more than 37 runs, 12 lifts, and a 5-star hotel, Rusutsu is the perfect place for a winter skiing getaway. From the moment you arrive, you can feel the energy and excitement. The ski resort is surrounded by an abundance of breathtaking snow-capped mountains and picturesque forests that are sure to take your breath away. The slopes are well-groomed and offer a variety of terrain for skiers of all levels. Novice skiers can take advantage of the beginner slopes, while more advanced skiers can challenge themselves on the steeper runs. The staff at Rusutsu is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and they go out of their way to make sure your experience is enjoyable.

Rusutsu is a popular destination for tourists looking to experience the unique culture and nightlife of Japan. The town is home to a variety of bars, nightclubs and restaurants, offering a wide selection of activities for the night owl. The nightlife in Rusutsu is bustling and vibrant, with plenty of options to choose from. There are numerous bars and nightclubs located in the centre of town, offering a wide range of drinks and music. The bars tend to have a live band playing traditional Japanese music. For those looking for something a bit different, there are also karaoke bars and izakayas, which offer a more relaxed atmosphere. There are also ski-in/ski-out restaurants and bars, allowing skiers and snowboarders to enjoy a meal or a few drinks without having to take off.

Mountain Terrain:







Skiing Hours: 

9:00 am – 9.00 pm

Summit Elevation: 


Vertical Drop: 

594 m

Skiable Acres:

1,378 acres

Average Snowfall: 

13 m 


Snowboarder Friendly

Lift Information: 

  • 4 Gondolas
  • 5 High-speed detachable bubble quads
  • 2 High-speed detachable bubble quads
  • 1 High-speed detachable bubble Double 
  • 6 Fixed-grip doubles
  • 2 People movers


37 runs. Longest run: Isola Grand 3.5 km


Halfpipe. Small easy terrain parks at the base of West Mountain. Kickers, boxes, rails and waves. 

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