Mountain Collective adds Niseko United to its roundup of full-partner destinations for the 2018-19 season

Mountain Collective adds Niseko United to its roundup of full-partner destinations for the 2018-19 season

Featured image: courtesy of Niseko United

Hot off the heels of the announcement that Big Sky will be joining the Mountain Collective for the 2018-19 season, Niseko United throws its four resorts into the Collective’s ring to become a full partner for the upcoming season. The addition of this Northern Japan based mountain expands the Mountain Collective’s range of full partner destinations to five countries–United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia–with affiliates in France and Chile.

Located in Hokkaido, Japan, just two and a half hours from Chitose Airport, Niseko United is made up of four, interlinked ski resorts–Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri–giving the mountain a total of 2,191 skiable acres. Known for its consistent and quality powder skiing, Niseko United fits right in with the Collective’s other iconic destinations like Alta, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine Village and many more.

“The four resorts of Niseko United are delighted to be joining the Mountain Collective as a full partner. The fabled powder of Niseko awaits all Mountain Collective riders dreaming of their opportunity to visit one of the most storied deep snow resorts on the planet,” said Collin Hackworth, president of Niseko United Resort Hanazono in a recent press release.

Previously a global affiliate, Niseko United brings the Collective’s total ski days to 34 at 17 incredible destinations.

“The team is eager to kick off the upcoming season with the additions of Big Sky Resort and Niseko United as full partners, making the 2018-19 Mountain Collective pass the strongest roundup of resorts and skiable days since the pass’ inception,” said Christian Knapp, chief marketing officer of Aspen Ski Company. “We’re thrilled to continue offering our passholders access to a stellar lineup of resorts around the world at an affordable price.”

2018-19 Mountain Collective passes go on sale August 7 for $449–the lowest available price of the season. The pass includes two days of skiing at each of the 17 partners plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Passholders also receive two days at each global affiliate destination–Chamonix in France and Valle Nevado in Chile. Pricing for kids aged 12 and under is $99, making it the perfect pass for a family road trip.

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