Some would say Rusutsu ski resort is Niseko's little sister. It does bear many similarities; incredible tree and off piste runs, semmingly endless top ups of powder overnight and a great choice of runs. However it is far less crowded than Niseko so not only is there less time in the queues, also the snow stays untracked longer. None of the runs are that steep, meaning it is a good place for intermediate riders to get the hang of off piste skiing. Rusutsu is actually 3 mountains and there are many lifts providing fast modern access. Mt East probably has the best lines but Mt Isola also has many good ones too including Heavenly Ridge and Steamboat B which both provide great fall line riding. There is very little in the way of budget accomodation so your best bet is to do a day trip/s from Niseko. A good way to see Rusutsu, Niseko and other resorts is to book one of the tours (see left) or you can do a guided off piste day trip.•Guided day trip from Niseko•10 day Hokkaido Unplugged tour•11 day Ultimate powder tour" tour
1 day guided tourThis day trip from Niseko will take you to the back bowls of Niseko if conditions permit otherwise it will take you off piste to another ski resort such as Rusutsu or Kiroro.
11 day hosted tourChasing Japow all over Hokkaido•10 nights accommodation•8 guided ski days•7 days lift tickets•All transfers•Furano,Asahidake, Kamui•Tomamu, Niseko back bowls•Shiribetsu or Rusutsu•Sapporo Kokusai, •Backcountry gear
8 day hard core tour for advanced riders•7 nights accommodation•6 day guided days•1 way airport transfer•Resort transfers•Roadside pillow lines•2 backcountry guides•Max 8 guests