For your next ski trip to Hokkaido consider going to Rusutsu instead of the ever-popular Niseko, the crown jewel of Japanese skiing. A simple 40 minutes ride by car, this undiscovered treasure trove is relatively unknown to the gaijin, or foreigners.
It basically features three linked mountains – East Mountain, West Mountain and Mt Isola, making it more than 200 hectares of skiable terrain! Coming close on scale to the snow-cover found in Niseko, the mountains host a famous resort on the northern island of Hokkaido, and there are fewer people to share it with.
According to the locals, the place is more like what Niseko used to bearound eight years ago in terms of more untracked snow. The area hosts very few foreign tourists and English language signs are conspicuous with the absence.December to April is the best time … Read More »