Rusutsu dominates at 2019 World Ski Awards, but it’s a Niseko hotel that stuns the world
Rusutsu has enjoyed another successful year at the World Ski Awards, claiming the Japan’s Best Ski Resort for the third year running. The resort is now just one award short of Niseko United‘s record four titles, which it held between 2013–2016. Rusutsu also continued its streak in the Japan’s Best Ski Hotel category, with The Westin Rusutsu Resort getting over the line ahead of nominees from Niseko United, Hakuba, Furano and Shiga Kogen.
Fittingly, Kimihito Kamori – the Owner and Chairman of Kamori Kanko, which owns Rusutsu – was recognised for his outstanding contribution to ski tourism.
But perhaps the story of the night for Asia was Ki Niseko, which claimed the award for Japan’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and was subsequently named World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel ahead of country winners from 17 other nations. The hotel has a strong history at the awards; it was a nominee for World’s Best New Ski Hotel in 2015 and has been put forward for Japan’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel every year since, taking it out for the first time last year.
Rounding out the list of Japanese award winners was Hakuchozan, which claimed Japan’s Best Ski Chalet for the second year in a row. Remarkably, it meant an entirely unchanged lineup of Japanese winners from 2018.
The story was much the same in the China and Korea categories, as the 2018 winners extended their dominance for another year. YongPyong Resort and Vanke Lake Songhua Resort took top gong for South Korea and China’s best ski resorts receptively, while InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort was named South Korea’s Best Ski Hotel.
The World Ski Awards have been running since 2013 and are held in Kitzbuehel each year, attracting the industry’s top businesses and personnel from the snowiest corners of world. Winners are decided by a vote that is open to ski industry professionals and members of the public.
2019 World Ski Awards Results (Asia)
World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel: Ki Niseko
Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2019: Kimihito Kamori
Japan’s Best Ski Resort: Rusutsu Resort
Japan’s Best Ski Hotel: The Westin Rusutsu Resort
Japan’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel: Ki Niseko
Japan’s Best Ski Chalet: Hakuchozan
South Korea’s Best Ski Resort: Yongpyong
South Korea’s Best Ski Hotel: InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort
China’s Best Ski Resort: Vanke Lake Songhua Resort