Niseko, Japan joins the 2014-2015 Epic Pass offering five free days on top of 12 resorts in Colorado, Utah, and Tahoe and more in Europe. The partnership represents the first Asian partner for the company. Epic Season Passholders will continue to enjoy unlimited and unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora – No Blackout Dates. For those wanting to ski Europe, there are 5 days at each of these world class resorts: Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria (St. Anton, St. Cristoph, Stuben, Züers, and Lech); and Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle, France). In 2008, Forbes crowned Niseko one of the Top 10 International Ski Resorts, and more recently, National Geographic voted Niseko as the best powder snow resort in the world, with an average 590″ of snow per year. Located 100 km south of Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido, Niseko Annupuri is a part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent blow in some of the driest, lightest and plentiful snow in the world. Set against the backdrop of Mt. Yotei—an active volcano similar to Mt. Fuji—the Niseko region boasts not only epic skiing and riding, but also breathtaking scenery. Niseko United, as it’s commonly referred to, is made up of four base areas—Annupurri, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Hanazono—that access one mountain, Niseko Annupuri (4,291 feet). For the adventurers, hiking trails lead from the highest lifts to the summit. An extensive lift system of 26 chairlifts and three gondolas accesses 72 trails. Being a volcanic island, Hokkaido is also well-known for its thousands of natural hot springs, or ‘onsen’. With non-stop flights between Tokyo’s Narita International airport and several major US cities, it’s never been easier for U.S. skiers and riders to visit Niseko. Niseko is typically open from November-May. This truly Epic (!) Pass will go on sale on March 10, 2014, at epicpass.com. Season Pass Benefits Access to Niseko is only provided to Epic Pass holders and not holders of other passes offered by Vail Resorts (Epic Local, Tahoe Local, Summit Value and Tahoe Value). All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.