Rusutsu Hokkaidō




Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Resort Skiing
Rusutsu Resort Lesson
Rusutsu Resort Snowboard
Rusutsu REsort Skiing Mountain


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 is blanketed in snow that transforms into a world class ski resort with the largest skiable area of any single resort in Hokkaido. It is approximately 90 minutes by car from Sapporo; the largest city in Hokkaido and the 5th largest city in Japan. 


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.

Accommodation during the training/exam portion of the course is provided at Hirafu Lodge 343. This is a friendly, centrally located hostel where you will live/train with our Niseko interns.

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.

Where Doing Course Start End Price
Internship Ultimate
Rusutsu Hokkaidō Ski Internship Ultimate 20 Nov 17 Apr 2019 USD $9475 Enquire

Check out what's included:


  • Consistent annual snowfall and some of the deepest and lightest powder in the world!
  • 16 lifts that provide access to 37 beautiful trails with a combined total length of 42 km
  • Variety of runs to help develop your skills, from groomed beginner runs, to steep descents with on and off-piste courses
  • Approximately 90 minutes by car from Sapporo; the largest city in Hokkaido and the 5th largest city in Japan.


Interns will 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. Each room is equipped with bunk beds with futons, electric kettle, fridge and a communal area for eating dinner and socialising, along with a connection to wifi. 

Highland Lodge Japan


  • 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)


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 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. 

Please note: The above information should be used as a guide and is subject to change.