If you have already purchased your 2018 Epic Australia pass – wow, you are up for a big year. The Epic Australia Pass is currently the best value season pass for Australians as it includes Perisher, Japan, Canada and the best of the U.S. resorts, with 27 mountain resorts in four countries on the one pass.
* Unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher for the 2018 season.
* Five consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley, Japan for the 2018 - 2019 season.
* Access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California; and Stowe in Vermont from November 2018 - April 2019 (holiday restrictions apply)
* 10 days combined between Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek during the 2018/2019 season, from November 2018 - April 2019 (holiday restrictions apply). The days do not have to be used consecutively.
* 7 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of Crested Butte, Okemo and Mount Sunapee with no blackout dates, a total of 21 days.
We are so excited that Hakuba has been added to one of the many resorts included. There are plenty of reasons why you should visit Japan and Hakuba is one! It's definitely one of our favourite ski resorts in Japan. Hakuba Valley offers not one, not two but nine ski areas. Simply check the snow reports in the morning and pick which resort to head to for the day based on which is offering the best conditions. With an average of 10m of snow annually, Hakuba is sure to impress. Free shuttle buses run seamlessly to the resorts making it easy to get around.
Hakuba caters well with international tourists with most staff in ski schools and accommodation being able to communicate in English. There is a variety of accommodation available from premium hotels and apartments to traditional Japanese inns. There is accommodation scattered throughout the resorts we however recommend staying around the main ski area of Happo One in the areas of Happo, Wadano and Echoland. There is a great range of restaurants and bars offering a variety of western and Japanese cuisine.
While some of the resorts cater well with beginners and intermediate skiers/riders, there is more than enough steep and advanced terrain. Hakuba is easy to get to from Tokyo, simply catch the bullet train to Nagano then a bus onto Hakuba or a bus/private transfer from Tokyo to Hakuba. While in Hakuba you must visit a local onsen and the nearby Japanese Snow Monkeys.
If you still haven’t purchased your Epic Australia Pass, buy it direct https://www.perisher.com.au/epic-australia-pass then lets us take care of all your travel whether it’s to Japan, Canada or the US.
Details correct 28Mar2018.