New ski pass offers access to slopes in US and Japan

A new ski pass allows access to US and Japanese ski slopes. (Elisa Locci/

A new ski pass allows access to US and Japanese ski slopes. (Elisa Locci/


, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Globetrotting ski bunnies may be interested in a new ski pass that offers unrestricted skiing and riding at resorts across the US in addition to a five-day pass at Niseko, Japan, which National Geographic named the best powder snow resort in the world recently.

Available for the 2014-2015 ski season, the partnership marks the first Asian collaboration for mountain resort company Vail Resorts Inc.

Guests who purchase an Epic Pass have unlimited access to Vail Resorts' 10 ski resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Canyons and Breckenridge as well as five days of skiing in Japan.

Located 100 km south of Sapporo, Niseko Annupuri is known among skiers for its dry, light and plentiful powder as it receives 15 meters of snow a year (590 inches).

The resort is particularly known for its night skiing, with stadium-style lights illuminating 780 meters (2,560 feet) of vertical skiing and riding.

This winter, the company teamed up with resorts in the French Alps including 3 Vallees, which offered access to eight area ski slopes including Courchevel, Val Thorens and Meribel in addition to properties in its own portfolio in the US.

The Epic Pass goes on sale March 10 for the 2014/2015 ski season.