Vail Resorts has struck a partnership deal with Japan’s Hakuba Valley in the northern part of the Nagano prefecture, allowing its nine ski resorts to be covered by the Epic Australia Pass.

Beginning with the 2018-19 winter season in the northern hemisphere, the pass will offer five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley resorts.

The Epic Australia Pass now covers 24 mountain resorts, connecting Vail’s local resort Perisher with ski fields in Japan, Canada and the US.

“We’re excited to announce a long-term alliance between Vail Resorts and Hakuba Valley, Japan, offering Australian adventure-seeking skiers and snowboarders access to a part of the world that is legendary for its endless powder and incredible guest experience,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

For $839, pass holders will receive Hakuba access as well as unlimited access to Perisher during the 2018 season, and access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, California. They also receive 10 days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek and/or Stowe, combined, during the 2018-2019 season.

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