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Rusutsu Ski Resort Information
Beyond the slopes:
On the snow, there's cross-country skiing, snow rafting (riding down the slopes on large inflatable rafts), snow tubing, orienteering, snowmobiling, and dog sledding to choose from.
Options in the warmth range from the chance to try traditional Japanese methods of bread baking and an insight into Japanese crafts to the various facilities within the Rusutsu Resort Hotel. Among its features is a gym, swimming pool with wave machine, amusement arcade, games room and a carousel ride.
No visit to Hokkaido is complete without a soak in a traditional Japanese onsen (hot-spring baths), which can be found in the resort.
Rusutsu ski resort is a good choice for families due of the safe and convenient nature of the giant complex as well as its easy-to-ride lifts, high service standards, affordable dining and non-ski family fun activities.
Rusutsu’s ski school can provide group and private lessons for children aged four and above, who can then progress on to the numerous green runs when proficient.
The hotel has an indoor nursery for children up to six years old.
All of the shops in Rusutsu are within the hotel complex, concentrated in a central retail shopping centre. This manages to accommodate nearly 30 shops, so most needs can be met. Local products to look out for include wood and leather crafts.
A day trip to provincial capital Sapporo is a worthwhile outing and is relatively easy to reach by bus; although it's best to be accompanied by a Japanese speaker. The annual Sapporo Snow Festival (www.snowfes.com) sees the creation of amazing snow carvings the size of large buildings. This week-long event, which is usually held during the month of February, attracts visitors from around the world.