Isola Mountain

At 994 metres above sea level it is the tallest of Rusutsu’s three mountains. On a bluebird day you can get the best views in Rusutsu from the top of Isola. To the south it is possible to see Lake Toya and Uchiura Bay, whilst to the North the iconic Mt. Yotei looms with Niseko in its shadow beyond.

As well as these fantastic views Isola provides some of the best skiing in Rusutsu. From the peak of Isola you have access to the Heavenly area, Steamboat Valley and the famous ‘Sugar Bowl’. These three areas afford some of the best lift accessed tree skiing in Hokkaido. The shape of these valleys means that you will always end up at the bottom of the lifts, leaving you free to explore any line you want.

For the intermediate skiers Isola has plenty to offer. It is home to Rusutsu’s longest run, Isola Grand, a 3.5 kilometre course that winds sedately down to the Isola 2000 base station. Steamboat A and Steamboat B are perhaps the most popular runs in the resort. Both are wide and gentle, although Steamboat A does become precipitously steep in its final section which can catch people off guard. Whilst many of Rusutsu’s red runs contain several more difficult steep sections the Heavenly area provides the exception. Heavenly View and Heavenly Ridge B are brilliant for those seeking an easy ride. Great views coupled with easy access via the speedy Isola Quad No. 5 make Heavenly the intermediate skier’s paradise.

Isola has two restaurant options, Isola 2000 and Steamboat. They are located at the base of Isola Gondola and Isola No. 1 Quad respectively. Isola 2000 is well known for its variety of rice bowls, however the low ceilings and the necessity of taking the long Isola Gondola lift out make it a dreary experience when compared to Steamboat. Steamboat is the buzzing heart of Rusutsu’s lunchtime experience. Often it is difficult to find a table so eating off peak may be advised. Steamboat offers the Ramen and Curry dishes, but is particularly well known for its Omelette Rice. Seasoned rice encased in a beautifully cooked omelette and coated in a choice of sauce, the perfect dish after a mornings powder skiing.