Although we live in Niseko, Rusutsu and Kiroro Resorts are high on our list for places to ride and shoot. These locals favorites are less than a 1 hour drive from the Niseko resorts and offer top to bottom riding and lift service, long cruisy groomers, natural terrain features and some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido.
This is where we often ride on our days off or when we’re shooting/filming with friends or for projects. And the best part?… they often receive more snow than the local resorts. Shhh… don’t tell anyone.
Typically these are all-day photo shoots. If you get cold or your legs get tired there are plenty of places to stop for a rest or a meal. But if you’re up for all-day shredding we’re keen as well!
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Rusutsu Resort Tours
Only 40 minutes from Niseko but feels like a world away. Top to bottom lifts and runs which for some reason are a rarity in Hokkaido. Epic terrain – insane trees, natural features and long beautiful groomers. Rusutsu is definitely one of our favorite places to shoot. A “must visit” anytime you’re in the Niseko area.
1-2 Guests – ¥65,000
3-5 Guests – ¥75,000
Kiroro Resort Tours
Less than an hour away from Niseko, this locals favorite is home to some truly scenic trees and a more “Japanese” vibe than the other resorts in the area. They often record more snowfall overnight than Niseko as this resort lies to the north and closer to the source of the storms moving across the sea of Japan.