Rusutsu Ski Resort Information
Although Rusutsu is largely made up of one giant hotel complex, it’s a very well equipped facility with lots to do besides ski and board.
On the snow, there's cross-country skiing, snow rafting (riding down the slopes on large inflatable rafts), snow tubing, horse riding, orienteering, snowmobiling, and dog sledding to choose from.
Options in the warmth range from the chance to try traditional Japanese methods of bread baking to participating in a Japanese arts and crafts class. The giant Rusutsu Resort Hotel offers numerous indoor activities, including a gym, swimming pool with wave machine, amusement arcade, games room and a carousel ride. There is also an indoor bouldering wall for climbing practice.
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 to 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 four years old (closed for an hour over lunch) and there’s also a large leisure pool complex and games room for older kids.
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. A ‘premium rentals’ store sells and rents premium ski gear and equipment on site. 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.