Situated in the middle of Hokkaido, Asahidake is a powderhound’s paradise. With both alpine and tree skiing and serviced by a high—speed gondola, backcountry enthusiasts make their way here to indulge in the pristine Japow that could be in the best in Japan. The resort itself is absent of frills and glamour, but for the pure pow enthusiast, Asahidake is sublime.


Asahidake is a 3 hr car ride from Chitose. It is also about 3 hours by train from Sapporo.

On-Piste at Rusutsu

The Resort

At 7,516 feet, Mount Asahidake is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido. The resort is serviced by the one gondola and is not for the beginner skiier or one who doesn’t want to ski back country.

The Westin Rusutsu Resort


Mentioned in the Michelin Guide - Hokkaido edition the La Vista Daisetsuzan is a cozy Swiss Chalet style hotel a few hundred meters from the ropeway. The French dinner is locally sourced and afterwards you can take a dip in the hotel onsen while taking in the winterscape.


Off Piste at Rusutsu

On mountain

The powder is of course amazing and the ropeway makes access relatively easy. The ropeway delivers 500m of vertical and both alpine and tree skiing.