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Rusutsu Resort triumphs for the third consecutive year at the World Ski Awards

Rusutsu Resort triumphs for the third consecutive year at the World Ski Awards with Kamori Kankko Chiarman Kimihito Kamori awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019’. 

The Vale Rusutsu World Ski Awards Ceremony 2019

On November 23rd2019, Rusutsu Resort (operated by President HisatakeKamori, headquartered in Sapporo) was again awarded the prestigious award for Japan’s Best Ski Resort 2019 with The Westin Rusutsu Resort winning Japan’s Best Ski Hotel 2019, at the prestigious World Ski Awards, 2019 ceremony, in Kitzbühel, Austria. This marks the third consecutive year in which Rusutsu Resort has won this remarkable double award. In addition Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd chairman Mr KimihitoKamori received the Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019, which honours his significant achievements in the ski industry. 

 World Ski Awards2019

  • Rusutsu Resort
    Japan’s Best Ski Resort
  • The Westin Rusutsu Resort
    Japan’s Best Ski Hotel
  • Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd Chairman Kimihito Kamori
    Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019


The World Ski Awards (based in London, England) is one of the most prestigious awards in the ski tourism industry and often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry. Established in 2013, this year marks the seventh time these distinguished awards have been held, covering a wide variety of categories which see the finest resorts, hotels, and ski industry companies from around the globe competing for recognition. Initial nominations are announced in June with the general public invited to vote online, in multiple distinct categories. Once the votes have been finalised the winners are announced in November. 

Rusutsu Resort was nominated among 13 other ski prestigious internationally recognised resorts, including Niseko and Hakubain the category of Japan’s Best Ski Resort, while The Westin Rusutsu Resort was nominated among 12 other hotels in the category Japan’s Best Ski Hotel. Once polling was over and the votes counted, Rusutsu Resort again emerged triumphant, being awarded both Japan’s best Ski Resort 2019 and Japans Best Ski Hotel 2019 for a third consecutive year. (The Westin Rusutsu Resort was additionally awarded The World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2016 shortly after its grand opening). 

At the 2019 awards ceremony, the “Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019 Award” was bestowed upon Kamori Kanko Chairman, Mr. KimihitoKamori for his work in the industry. Unlike other awards where the winner is selected by receiving the highest number of votes, this prestigious achievement award is designated by The World Ski Awards Executive Committee. This marks the second time a Japanese national has won this special award following Niseko’s Avalanche Research Centre Director, Mr. YasuoShintani, triumphing in 2014.

While the Japanese economy was stagnant in the recession, KimihitoKamori acquired numerous failing resorts. Utilizing innovative reorganization and management approaches, KimihitoKamori led the revitalization of these businesses while continuing to employ high numbers of staff. As a result of his work in this period, KimihitoKamori became highly regarded due to his significant contribution to the revitalization of the Japanese ski industry. 

Currently, Kamori Kanko own and operate ski areas in; Rusutsu village (Rusutsu Resort), Sapporo city (Sapporo Teine), Kimobetsutown (Nakayama-togeSki Area), Shintokutown (SahoroResort) and Noboribetsu(SanlivaSki Area). In previous years, the company has managed and operated numerous Japanese resorts and ski areas including; Yubari Resort, Alpha Resort Tomamu, AppiKogenResort, GetoOnsenResort and Ontake2240. Additionally, Kamori Kanko previously owned international resorts in United States, including Colorado’s Steamboat Resort and California’s Heavenly Resort, as well as Tignes Resort in the French Alps. Previously Kamori Kanko successfully operated up to 11 ski resorts simultaneously. KimihitoKamori’sastute business style of purchasing failing resorts, utilizing innovative reorganization and management approaches to improve the businesses before reselling for profit has won many admirers.  

Receiving these prestigious awards is a great honour for Rusutsu Resort. We hope this recognition will lead to an increase in Hokkaido tourism and contribute to the further development of the Japanese ski industry and greater Asia tourism industry. 

Rusutsu Resort World Ski Awards 2019

Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd Chairman, Mr. KimihitoKamori commented:

“As a ski developer, this marks one of the best days of my life. A high number of guests are visiting Rusutsu Resort for ski tourism, which gives me significant encouragement and inspiration. We constantly strive to further improve our service and guest experience.”

“It is a great honour to win the double award and be recognized by the prestigious World Ski Awards for the third consecutive year.

Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd, Hisatake Kamori added:

“Kamori Kanko is delighted to win these prestigious accolades from The World Ski Awards and is extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to vote. We hope to continue to strive towards further achievements in the winter sports and tourism industries in future.  In 2019, Rusutsu Resort has established a prestigious partnership with Vail Resorts to join the Epic Pass as the result of the hard work of staff and the companies Chairman. In the future, we aim to meet and exceed guest expectations and plan to further develop Rusutsu Resort into a world-class destination.” 

Rusutsu Resort - World Ski Awards 2019

About Rusutsu Resort 

With more than 830 hotels rooms, Rusutsu Resort is the flagship resort of Kamori Kanko. The winter season features a large ski area spread over three mountains with 37 trails totaling 42km in length which are accessed by 14 ski lifts and four gondolas. The resort operates year round, with four unique 18-hole golf courses and an amusement park with over 60 types of rides and attractions operating during summer. he resort receives an impressive 12-14 meters of snow each season and is an easy 90-minute drive from both New ChitoseAirport and central Sapporo, with Niseko only 40 minutes away.  ‘The Westin Rusutsu Resort’ opened for business in December 2015 under the worldwide network of Marriott International hotels, featuring 210 split-level guest rooms, ski-in/ski-out access, an onsenhot spring and various high quality restaurants. In July 2019, Rusutsu Resort opened a brand new onsenhot spring facility offering multiple indoor and outdoor baths with sunning panoramic views over the Hokkaido landscape. For more details:

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

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About Epic Pass

Rusutsu joins the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass in a long-term alliance, beginning with the 2019-20 winter season .
Epic Pass, Epic Local and Epic Australia Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, Japan for the 2019-20 season.
The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Passes now offer 10 total days of Japanese access across 11 resorts in Japan, including the ten resorts in the HakubaValley.
The industry leading Epic Pass includes access to resorts across seven countries for the 2019/2020 season, including unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Park City, Perisher, Falls Creek, Hotham, and more!

Rusutsu Resort Joins Epic Pass

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