Niseko United has joined the Mountain Collective, a network of ski resorts that includes Jackson Hole and Mammoth.

Niseko United has joined the Mountain Collective, an international network of independent ski resorts. A Mountain Collective pass ($469USD) allows skiers access to more than 20 different ski resorts worldwide. These include some of the most popular resorts in North America (Jackson Hole, Aspen Snowmass and Mammoth among others). Skiers are allowed two days at each (32 days in total), plus a 50% discount on additional days.

Niseko has joined the program as an affiliate member for the 2017/18 season. It is the second Japanese resort involved in the Mountain Collective, following Hakuba’s inclusion in 2015 (also a global affiliate). Other names on this list include Chamonix (France) and Valle Nevado (Chile). Core members and global affiliates offer passholders the same privileges. However, affiliates are subject to change each season.

The Mountain Collective’s core group consists of 16 resorts, 11 of which are found in the USA. Outside of North America, only Australia (Thredbo) and New Zealand (Coronet Peak / Remarkables) are represented. Niseko’s inclusion in the program will delight Australians, who make up 15% of the resort’s international guests. In recent years, Niseko has become renowned for its Australian flavour, such is the number of Australian skiers and snowboarders who live and work there.