The addition of Hakuba Valley to the Epic Pass takes the total tally of resorts to 55.

Hakuba Valley has become the latest addition to the Epic Pass for 2018/19, bringing the Epic tally to 55 mountains resorts spanning eight countries. Holders of the Epic Pass, the Epic Local Pass and the Epic Australia Pass will receive five consecutive days of skiing at any of the nine Hakuba Valley resorts, with no blackout dates specified.

In a press release issued by Hakuba Valley and Vail Resorts, Vail Resorts chief marketing officer Kirsten Lynch recognised the creation of an “unparalled connection between the best resorts in Japan, Australia and North America”.

“Our adventure-seeking season pass holders in all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries around the world thrive on the variety of world class ski and snowboard experiences and unmatched value that the Epic Pass products offer and now they have access to the endless powder and incredible guest experience at Hakuba Valley.”

Hikaru Takanashi, chairman of Hakuba Valley Promotion Board, invited skiers and snowboarders from around the world to experience Hakuba’s “natural beauty, vast ski terrain and plentiful snow”.

The announcement comes just nine months on from the news that Niseko United (and its four resorts) would become part of the Mountain Collective, an international network of 20 ski resorts worldwide. The network formerly included Hakuba, which signed on in 2015 as a global affiliate.

Kiroro is another Japanese ski resort that has been looking to expand its international ties in recent years, announcing its inclusion in the Powder Alliance in 2016, a move that it has since followed up with a host of other international partnerships, including Thaiwoo (China) and the Ski resort Business Association of Korea.

What do you get with an Epic Pass?

Epic Pass

  • 5 consecutive days of skiing or snowboarding at Hakuba Valley with no blackout dates, beginning with the 2018-19 season
  • Full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia, with no blackout dates.
  • 7 days with no blackout dates at Telluride in Colorado
  • 6 days with no blackout dates at Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France
  • 5 days with no blackout dates at 4 Vallées in Switzerland
  • 3 days with no blackout dates at Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy

Epic Local Pass

  • 5 consecutive days of skiing or snowboarding at Hakuba Valley with no blackout dates, beginning with the 2018-19 season
  • Unlimited and unrestricted skiing or snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Wilmot, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton
  • Limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood
  • 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Stowe, and Whistler with holiday restrictions

Epic Australia Pass

  • 5 consecutive days of skiing or snowboarding at Hakuba Valley with no blackout dates, beginning with the 2018-19 season
  • Unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher during the 2018 season
  • Access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe
  • 10 days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek and/or Stowe, combined, during the 2018-19 season

About Hakuba Valley

Hakuba (“white horse”) is a village in the Japanese Alps, located 40 km north-west of Nagano city. Some of Japan’s best known ski resorts lie within this general region. In 2016, nine of these resorts combined to form Hakuba Valley, Japan’s largest ski area. The resorts are spread across three regions of the Northern Alps—Hakuba, Otari (north) and Omachi (south). In its entirety, Hakuba Valley encompasses 960 hectares of skiable terrain, all accessible via a single lift pass.

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, one of nine ski resorts that make up Hakuba Valley.

Read Ski Asia’s comprehensive Hakuba Valley resort guide.