Rusutsu gets over 14 metres of snow every year and it is this beautifully dry powder that makes us so famous, but why are we so blessed?

Quite often we take the snow that makes Hokkaido the world’s premier powder destination for granted. Here we take a look at what exactly makes Rusutsu, and Hokkaido, the powder capital of the world.

Rusutsu is transformed into a winter wonderland!

The beginnings of Rusutsu’s greatest asset can be found in the highlands of China and Siberia. Here air masses are created that flow inexorably towards towards the Sea of Japan, these winds are supercooled and dry as a bone.

Meanwhile in the Sea of Japan, a body of water that separates Japan from the rest of Asia, warm ocean currents are travelling north – in the direction of Hokkaido. These warm currents ensure that the Sea of Japan never freezes and provides the perfect catalyst for the evaporation that we need. As the cold, dry air masses pass over the Sea of Japan they draw moisture up into them – and thus the basis of our snowfall is created.

Is it too deep?

The final act in our snowfall odyssey is when these cool air masses, now impregnated with moisture, meet the coastal mountains of Hokkaido. As these immovable barriers force the clouds upwards, a process known as orographic lift, adiabatic cooling of the clouds ocurrs and that brings…the best powder snow you’ve ever seen!

No! It’s perfect.

Regardless of the processes involved it is this Hokkaido powder machine that brings countless snow fanatics to the slopes of Rusutsu every year. If you watch any professional powder edit from the last few years it is virtually guaranteed that at least part of it was shot in or next to Rusutsu Resort. Here are some of our favourites:

Like what you see? Want to ski the deepest snow in the world? Then book your trip to Rusutsu now!

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Rusutsu gets over 14 metres of snow every year and it is this beautifully dry powder that makes us so famous, but why are we so blessed?

Quite often we take the snow that makes Hokkaido the world’s premier powder destination for granted. Here we take a look at what exactly makes Rusutsu, and Hokkaido, the powder capital of the world.

Rusutsu is transformed into a winter wonderland!

The beginnings of Rusutsu’s greatest asset can be found in the highlands of China and Siberia. Here air masses are created that flow inexorably towards towards the Sea of Japan, these winds are supercooled and dry as a bone.

Meanwhile in the Sea of Japan, a body of water that separates Japan from the rest of Asia, warm ocean currents are travelling north – in the direction of Hokkaido. These warm currents ensure that the Sea of Japan never freezes and provides the perfect catalyst for the evaporation that we need. As the cold, dry air masses pass over the Sea of Japan they draw moisture up into them – and thus the basis of our snowfall is created.

Is it too deep?

The final act in our snowfall odyssey is when these cool air masses, now impregnated with moisture, meet the coastal mountains of Hokkaido. As these immovable barriers force the clouds upwards, a process known as orographic lift, adiabatic cooling of the clouds ocurrs and that brings…the best powder snow you’ve ever seen!

No! It’s perfect.

Regardless of the processes involved it is this Hokkaido powder machine that brings countless snow fanatics to the slopes of Rusutsu every year. If you watch any professional powder edit from the last few years it is virtually guaranteed that at least part of it was shot in or next to Rusutsu Resort. Here are some of our favourites:

Like what you see? Want to ski the deepest snow in the world? Then book your trip to Rusutsu now!

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