Tell me about Rusutsu

Rusutsu LogoRusutsu Resort is a short 90-minute drive from Sapporo and boasts some of the deepest and lightest powder in the world. Rusutsu's 16 lifts 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 Ski & Snowboard interns ahead of their season. Due to its excellent snowfall, visitors to Rusutsu enjoy great snow conditions all season long.

Rusutsu resort facts

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Powder snow for the powder lover

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! 

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Home to Rusutsu's own supernatural park

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! 

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Hokkaido's largest ski area

There's a total of 1700 hectares of resort area and skiable terrain

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Winner of Japan's 2017 best ski resort award

Awarded for epic snowfall statistics and an extensive and impressive lift system which transports skiers and snowboarders around Rusutsu's 3 mountains with ease!

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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! 

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  • Accommodation is included until after the level 1 exam
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Employee season pass 
  • Level 1 training
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Transport to resort for training if applicable
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 27+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Preseason preparation webinars
  • Assistance with flights+insurance through our partner, STA Travel


$8,975 USD

Living and working at Rusutsu

EA's course at Rusutsu starts with an early season training and certification program based out of Niseko. Accommodation, lift passes and orientation activities are provided during this time.

After completing your Level One 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 work closely, which creates a fun and welcoming family atmosphere at the school. Private and group lessons are given in 2-hour blocks twice a day.

At some point during the season, you will be required to sit the SAJ (Japanese Association) Level 1 and 2 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 so 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 during the training and exam portion of your EA course is typically provided at Hirafu Lodge. This is a friendly, centrally located hostel where you will live/train with our Niseko interns.

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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. 


  • 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,
  • Fridge,
  • A wifi connection. 

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Certification overview

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.


Program manager

EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible. You will have a Program Manager for your training period in Niseko who is a Niseko local and can guide you through this period. Once you move over to Rusutsu, your Program Manager in Niseko will still be contactable of course for any advice and guidance and will organise a get together for our Niseko programs to reconvene during the season! In Rusutsu you will have the support of the ski school management to help with any local issues.


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Niseko Village

Niseko Village Ski Resort, famous in Japan and around the world as Japan's premium snow resort. Located in Hokkaido and towered over by the giant Mt. Yotei, this ski resort is renowned for its consistent snowfall and dry, light powder.

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Niseko Imagine

At Niseko Imagine, you'll enjoy visiting local onsens, big powder skiing, delicious ramen, and a fun nightlife scene.

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Niseko GoSnow

Niseko is well known as the hub of Japanese skiing, the mix of culture, incredible skiing, and amazing people make the resort town a must-see destination for skiers from across the globe.

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Canyons Nozawa and Yuzawa

Culture, fun and an immeasurable amount of yearly snowfall. If you are up for a steamy combination of authentic Japanese culture, deep fluffy powder and great people then this is for you.

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Club Med Hokkaido

Club Med is an exclusive ski resort offering world-class powder and top facilities in an English speaking environment.

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Hakuba Snow Sports

Hakuba Snow Sports School is a privately owned business catering to holiday-makers skiing and snowboarding in Hakuba Japan. Based at the Iimori Ski Resort, it has the best teaching terrain in Hakuba as well as steeps, powder, trees and the biggest terrain park in the valley.

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Evergreen Hakuba

Hakuba is famous in Japan and across the world for great skiing and boasts some of the best ski resorts and snowfall in the country. For more than 70 years, Hakuba has been providing skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for an epic winter experience.

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Rusutsu Resort is located in the village of Rusutsu, Hokkaido. Famous for consistent annual snowfall and some of the deepest and lightest powder snow in the world. The winter resort has the largest skiable area of any single resort in Hokkaido.

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Shiga Kogen

Welcome to Japan's largest interconnected resort area. EA partner with Shiga International Ski School, in Shiga Kogan where there are 19 ski resorts, all interconnected on one ski pass, Shiga Kogan is no laughing matter!

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