Tell me about Rusutsu
Rusutsu is approximately 90 minutes by car from Sapporo; the largest city in Hokkaido and the 5th largest city in Japan. It boasts consistent annual snowfall and some of the deepest and lightest powder in the world! There are 16 lifts that provide access to 37 beautiful trails with a combined total length of 42 km. There is a huge variety of runs to help develop your skills, from groomed beginner runs, to steep descents with on and off-piste courses.
Rusutsu was the winner of the 2017 Japan's best ski resort award, and deservedly so. With an abundance of snow, world-class facilities and breath-taking scenery Rusutsu is often a top pick for many EA interns ahead of their season. Due to it's great, consistent snowfall, visitors to Rusutsu don't need to worry about whether they're catching it on a powder day or not as almost every day throughout the winter season will have great snow conditions. There are plenty of ungroomed runs, natural features and zones for off-piste skiing which are good enough to please any powder hunter.
Rusutsu resort facts
This resort has been described as powder skiing for powder lovers, it's big, often untracked and you don't have to venture far off-piste to find the turns you're searching for!
Supernatural features in Rusutsu's own supernatural park made for pros and novices to try and enjoy. Check out the video below to see this place in all it's glory!
There's a total of 1700 hectares of resort area and skiable terrain
Awarded for epic snowfall statistics and an extensive and impressive lift system which transports skiers and snowboarders around Rusutsu's 3 mountains with ease!
Rusutsu receives 12 to 14 meters of snow per year
Becoming a ski instructor in Rusutsu
We offer our ski instructor internship program at Rusutsu which is the perfect way to get on the path to becoming a ski instructor. Check out some of the inclusions and benefits!
- Accommodation during training
- Guaranteed job offer
- Full season lift pass
- Level 1 training
- Level 1 exam costs
- Association membership
- Mountain transfers
- Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe
- Program managers at each location
- Training webinars
- Special deals on flights and insurance
Living & working at Rusutsu
EA Internship programs at Rusutsu start with an early season training and certification program based out of Niseko. Accommodation and lift passes as well as orientation activities are provided during this time.
After the level 1 exam, you will transfer to Rusutsu to get settled in for the season. When arriving in Rusutsu staff training and induction processes help to get everyone established before the work begins.
Rusutsu Ski & Snowboard School is relatively large, with over 50 instructors. The team at Rusutsu operate closely with each other, creating a fun and welcoming family atmosphere at the school. Private and group lessons are given in 2-hour blocks usually 2 times a day.
At some point during the season, you will be required to sit the Level Two and Level One SAJ Exams. Training will be provided throughout the season to ensure all instructors are confident and happy to try these exams. The Rusutsu Ski School is affiliated with Ski Association of Japan and due to this, all international instructors will be asked to try their best to complete these qualifications.
Other perks of living and working at Rusutsu include having access to the staff cafeteria on the mountain, and a discounted entry into the local Gymnasium - don't forget that in Japan it is expected that you use specific non-marking indoor-only sports shoes for such activities.
Rusutsu's Supernatural park
What about accommodation?
Accommodation while training
Accommodation during the training/exam portion of the course is provided at Hirafu Lodge. This is a friendly, centrally located hostel where you will live/train with our Niseko interns.
Accommodation while working:
Once working and living in Rusutsu, interns live in staff accommodation. This is provided at the Highland Lodge, conveniently located at the base of West Mountain, close to the Rusutsu ski area, ski school meeting room, convenience stores and bars/restaurants.
HIGHLAND LODGE DETAILS:
- Triple, Quad & five share bunk rooms
- Separate male and female rooms/floors
- Fully equipped kitchen and dining room
- Wifi connection throughout the resort
- Laundry facilities
- Japanese style hot springs and bathroom facilities in the same hotel (connected)
Each room is equipped with:
- Bunk beds with futons,
- Electric kettle,
- A wifi connection.
Our Ski Instructor Course in Rusutsu, Japan allows you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance). The NZSIA is a well-established, educational body that is internationally renowned for producing professional, knowledgeable instructors, with the capabilities to teach and ride at very high standards. They are internationally recognised as a well-established, professional provider and have a reputation for high-quality and knowledge. This means that NZSIA instructors are able to competently perform and teach on snow in many cultures and conditions. This qualification can truly take you anywhere.
EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Rusutsu. This means that we have a program manager on the ground, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not are they familiar with Rusutsu itself, they will also be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.
Disclaimer: The above information should be used as a guide and is subject to change.
Reviews from EA Alumni
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