Niseko and Rusutsu listed among the 20 Best Snowboarding Resorts in the World

Dec 12, 2023

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Niseko and Rusutsu have become world-class ski and resort destinations and both are listed among the 20 Best Snowboarding Resorts globally.

Niseko, with its four connected resorts—Niseko Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Niseko Village and Hanazono—provides a unified "All Mountain Pass." The resort prioritizes safety and comfort with a great network of interconnecting chairlifts, ski runs, and a gate access system for those who want to enjoy that famous Japanese powder snow knowing that conditions have been checked by the professional ski patrol teams.

Hirafu sunset

According to Josh Niernberg, a well-recognised snowboarder, Niseko sets a remarkable standard as it is “affordable and accessible” and it’s celebrated for its famous 'Japow' snowfall, offering a unique powder snow experience. Nestled by Mt. Yotei's scenic beauty, Niseko boasts diverse dining options and numerous onsen, solidifying its status as a world-class ski destination.

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On the other hand, Rusutsu, Hokkaido's largest year-round resort, extends beyond winter with ski lifts, an amusement park and golf courses. Among other Japanese resorts, Rusutsu has a unique chairlift network that splits into two sides, with the East being larger and more varied, and the West offering ski-in ski-out convenience to hotels.

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Niernberg stated the unique characteristic of Rusutsu is its peak that remains untouched throughout the season, creating a magical blend of accessible powder turns amidst rocks and cliffs.

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