If you yearn for the legendary powder of Hokkaido but without the crowds of Niseko, then look no further than Rusutsu. Located just 30km away from Niseko, Rusutsu is an easily accessible addition to any Niseko stay. With an extensive ski terrain covering three mountains, Rusutsu offers fun for all levels with a great variety of wide groomed runs for newcomers plus fabulous natural terrain features, including copious tree runs, and of course superb powder. If you dream of untracked and uncrowded slopes, this is the place for you. The lift system covers the area well so it is possible to ski off the lifts into some of the greatest tree skiing in Hokkaido.
West Mountain has the kids area, beginner to intermediate groomed runs and a few tree runs. East Mountain is a step up with more intermediate runs. Mount Isola is also serviced by a covered gondola and is heaven for intermediate to advanced riders with plenty of trees and powder skiing and snowboarding. For families, there is child care available up to the age of four and private lessons in English from four years and above, and there is also an indoor slope to practise on. Group adult lessons are available in English for levels one and two.
There are a handful of restaurants in Rusutsu, but this is not a buzzing night scene – keep Niseko for nightlife and instead enjoy the serenity with fresh tracks, uncrowded runs, little to no lift lines and powder galore.
Rusutsu is possible as a day trip from Niseko, but why not maximize your time in this powder paradise and not limit yourself to a day pass; you’ll be glad you stayed.
Villa Rusutsu is a beautiful, boutique mountain lodge offering 9 self-contained Canadian Log Villas with a central shared restaurant and lounge bar at the base of Shiribesu Mountain.
Your hosts are extremely welcoming, they pick you up from Rusutsu Resort bus terminal on arrival and offer daily shuttles to the resort plus excellent advice on the whole area. Departure transfers back to the bus terminal are also included. All the Villas are cosy and inviting and after a day on the slopes you’ll love sitting beside the roaring fire in the Apre' Lounge and Bar, or relaxing weary limbs in the Sauna or traditional Japanese bath before enjoying a meal at the onsite restaurant. You can also take advantage of the complimentary Restaurant shuttle to eat out in Rusutsu - there are a couple of hotel restaurants plus several dining options in the village itself, all of which are much more laid-back than bustling Niseko with a good variety of authentic Japanese cuisine.
Villa Rusutsu Accommodation options include:
6 x Standard Villas (sleeps max 5)
2 x Deluxe Villas (sleeps max 3)
1 x Luxury Villa (sleeps max 3)
All Villas offer a Flat screen TV, a private deck, coffee and tea facilities and free WiFi and the Luxury Villa also has a fireplace and massage chair.
The Villa Restaurant offers a casual Chefs Choice menu using only local produce from the area.
Open for dinner daily from 6pm - Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages available.