If you have already purchased your 2019 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 now includes Perisher, Hotham, Falls Creek, Rusutsu & Hakuba in Japan, Whistler in Canada and the best of the U.S. resorts all on the one pass.
* Unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher as well as Falls Creek and Hotham (subject to closing and certain approvals) in the 2019 season.
* Five consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley, Japan and Rusutsu, Japan for the 2019 - 2020 season.
* Access to Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California; and Stowe in Vermont (holiday restrictions apply)
* 10 days combined between Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek during the 2019/2020 season, (holiday restrictions apply). The days do not have to be used consecutively.
* Unlimited, unrestricted access to Crested Butte, Okemo, Stevens Pass and Mount Sunapee.
Hakuba is 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.
Rusutsu is one of Japan's leading ski resorts on the island of Hokkaido. Rusutsu ski resort is conveniently located 90 minutes by road from Sapporo's International Airport and less thatn one hour from Niseko. Rusutsu is spread over 3 peaks; East mountain, West mountain and Mt Isola and receives some of the driest powder on earth and an annual snowfall of 10+ meters.
Rusutsu is home to some of the best powder snow and tree skiing on earth. Mother Nature dumps some of the lightest and driest snow by the bucket load making it heaven for powder seekers.
Rusutsu is a friendly resort, with plenty of English speaking staff and good lift infrastructure. It caters well for families and skiing and riding abilities of all levels.
Details correct 27Feb2019.