Rusutsu Resort

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Rusutsu Resort
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Location Rusutsu, Hokkaidō, Japan
Vertical 594 m (1,949 ft)
Top elevation 994 m (3,261 ft)
Base elevation 400 m (1,312 ft)
Skiable area 2.12 km2 (523.9 acres)
Runs 37
Longest run 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi)
Lift system 19 (4 gondola lifts, 7 quad chairlifts, and 8 pair chairlifts)
Lift capacity 30,300 per hour
Website http://www.rusutsu.co.jp/

The Rusutsu Resort (ルスツリゾート, Rusutsu Rizōto?) is the largest resort in Hokkaidō, Japan, operated by Kamori Kankō. The resort is mostly famous for its ski slopes, but it also has an amusement park, golf courses and others.

Ski resort[edit]

The ski resort expands on three mountains, namely West Mountain, East Mountain, and Mount Isola. The total number of courses is 37, the length 42 kilometres (26 mi). This is the first Japanese ski resort to be awarded for the Best Small Resort by The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide, a British ski magazine. According to the 2003 survey by View Communications, Japanese NPO, skiers ranked the resort as the most satisfying among 48 ski resorts in Japan.

Courses[edit]

All slopes allow skiing, snowboarding, and snowscooting.

  • Slopes for beginners: 10
  • Slopes for intermediate skiers: 12
  • Slopes for advanced skiers: 11
  • Slopes for very advanced skiers: 4
  • Total: 37

Aerial lifts[edit]

Name Japanese Length Max. speed Capacity Built
per
lift
per
hour
West Gondola ウエストゴンドラ 1,104 m
(3,622 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 1,200 November 1983
West 1st Quad ウエスト第1クワッド 619 m
(2,031 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 2,400 November 1997
West 2nd Quad ウエスト第2クワッド 924 m
(3,031 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 2,400 November 1994
West Pair Lift ウエストペアリフト 637 m
(2,090 ft)
2.0 m/s
(6.6 ft/s)
2 1,048 December 1986
West Tiger Pair Lift ウエストタイガーペアリフト 512 m
(1,680 ft)
2.3 m/s
(7.5 ft/s)
2 900 November 2005
East Gondola Line 1 イーストゴンドラ1号線 1,654 m
(5,426 ft)
5.0 m/s
(16.4 ft/s)
6 1,800 November 1987
East Gondola Line 2 イーストゴンドラ2号線 2,071 m
(6,795 ft)
5.0 m/s
(16.4 ft/s)
6 1,800 November 1987
East Quad イーストクワッド 1,381 m
(4,531 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 2,400 December 1987
East 1st Pair Lift イースト第1ペアリフト 721 m
(2,365 ft)
1.6 m/s
(5.2 ft/s)
2 1,200 November 1997
East 2nd Pair Lift イースト第2ペアリフト 810 m
(2,657 ft)
2.3 m/s
(7.5 ft/s)
2 1,200 November 1995
Tower Pair Lift タワーペアリフト 1,182 m
(3,877 ft)
n/a 2 n/a 2007
Across 1st Pair Lift アクロス第1ペアリフト 149 m
(489 ft)
1.8 m/s
(5.9 ft/s)
2 1,200 December 1988
Across 2nd Pair Lift アクロス第2ペアリフト n/a n/a 2 n/a December 1989
Izora Gondola イゾラゴンドラ 2,858 m
(9,377 ft)
5.0 m/s
(16.4 ft/s)
6 1,800 December 1988
Izora 1st Quad イゾラ第1クワッド 1,732 m
(5,682 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 2,400 December 1989
Izora 2nd Quad イゾラ第2クワッド 1,421 m
(4,662 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 2,400 November 1990
Izora 3rd Quad イゾラ第3クワッド 1,660 m
(5,446 ft)
4.0 m/s
(13.1 ft/s)
4 2,400 December 1995
Izora 4th Quad イゾラ第4クワッド 1,140 m
(3,740 ft)
5.0 m/s
(16.4 ft/s)
4 2,400 November 1996
Izora 5th Pair Lift イゾラ第5ペアリフト 498 m
(1,634 ft)
2.3 m/s
(7.5 ft/s)
2 1,028 2006

Amusement park[edit]

The resort has unusually many attractions rides as an amusement park in Hokkaidō, where parks are forced to close in the harsh winter. The operator increased the number of rides by buying discounted facilities from closing amusement parks from other parts of Japan. There are more than 60 attraction rides, including 8 roller coasters. Swimming pools open in summer season, as short as 4 weeks from the end of July. There also is a campsite.

Golf courses[edit]

There are 4 courses, namely Tower Course, Izumikawa Course, River Course, and Wood Course, 72 holes in total.

Hotels[edit]

There are 4 hotels, namely Main Building, South Wing, North Wing, and The Westin Rustsu Resort (previously Rusutsu Tower). There are also cottages and log houses. These facilities accommodate 4,000 visitors in total. The 79 m (259 ft) tall Rusutsu Tower, opened in 1993, is the symbol of the resort. Since July 8 2016, it has been renamed to The Westin Rusutsu Resort. It is linked to South Wing by a slope car (small rack monorail), and to East Mountain by Tower Pair Lift.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°44′59″N 140°54′12″E / 42.74968°N 140.90329°E / 42.74968; 140.90329