so arrived at Rusutsu last night after flying into CTS from Tokyo. Our flight was delayed and we had to wait 2 hr at airport for bus ride which takes 2 hrs to get to resort so we didn’t arrive until 9 pm. Old hotel room, boiling and no thermostat, on or off only. Turned AC off opened balcony door went looking for bar. Found it. They wanted a 600 yen cover charge per person for the privilege of paying 900 yen for small draft beers. A hotel bar requires a cover charge?! Wtf? In my reasonably extensive travel I have never ever come across such a thing! So we went to vending machine,grabbed a couple of 410 yen beers and went back to our now cooler room. Fitful nights sleep on hard beds with loud fridge (which we turned off) and humidifier. Up at 7 for a reasonable shower and down to breakfast venue which, of course, was closed ina Sunday. This meant the entire hotel had to have breakfast at Oktoberfest breakfast venue which had a line 10 min long out the front for the privilege of paying 3200 yen for a pretty standard fare buffet no knives to be seen, ordinary coffee ... which is where I am right now. Needless to say, not the greatest introduction to Japanese skiing, it is snowing very lightly outside, let’s hope the skiing is better later today!