2018/19 Mountain Collective passholders will be able to enjoy two free days of skiing at any of the four Niseko United resorts as well as to 50% off lift passes for any additional days, after it was announced that the resort would become a full member of The Collective for the coming season.

Passholders can therefore expect to pay as little as ¥16,100 (US$145) for seven full days of skiing, which works out to ¥2,300/day – just over US$20. Plenty of budget left over for sake and sashimi.

This will make Niseko an attractive prospect for its predominantly American passholders, who now have two free days at an impressive collection of 17 resorts, which includes names like Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise and Revelstoke.

It’s a move that will also excite Australians, who make up the largest proportion of international visitors to Niseko. Aussies also have their own resort, Thredbo, on the pass, and can expect to save roughly AU$232 if they’re planning a week in Thredbo and a week in Niseko – and that’s with the cost of The Mountain Collective pass factored in. See our table below for details.

“The fabled powder of Niseko awaits all Mountain Collective riders dreaming of their opportunity to visit one of the most storied deep snow resorts on the planet.”

Colin Hackworth, President of Niseko United resort Hanazono, said, “The four resorts of Niseko United are delighted to be joining the Mountain Collective as a full partner. The fabled powder of Niseko awaits all Mountain Collective riders dreaming of their opportunity to visit one of the most storied deep snow resorts on the planet.”

Niseko was previously an affiliate member of The Mountain Collective.

What you get with a Mountain Collective pass

  • 2 days at the following Mountain Collective resorts:
Alta Ski Area
Aspen Snowmass
Banff Sunshine
Big Sky Resort
Coronet Peak + The Remarkables
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Lake Louise
Mammoth Mountain
Niseko United
Snowbasin Resort
Snowbird
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Sugarbush Resort
Sun Valley Resort
Taos Ski Valley
Thredbo Alpine Village
  • 50% off all additional days at The Collective destinations
  • Special Mountain Collective lodging deals
  • No blackout dates
  • 2 days each at Chamonix in France and Valle Nevado in Chile
  • Complimentary 1-year Protect Our Winters membership

Is it worth it?

For an Australian planning on spending one week in Niseko, Japan and one week in Thredbo, Australia, costs are roughly as follows:

 W/ Mountain Collective passW/O Mountain Collective pass
Niseko United lift passAU$196AU$544
Thredbo lift passAU$313AU$850
Mountain Collective oassAU$6050
Total$AU1118AU$1354