Epic Australia Pass Japan Bonus: Hakuba, Rusutsu too!

Be quick for the best lowest rates on 2022-23 Epic Australia Passes for just $AUD 859.

Valid all season at Perisher, Hotham and Falls, it’s unbeatable value downunder and we still rate it the World’s Best Value Ski Pass.

Groomed run in Hakuba
Real Men ski corduroy too .. plenty to be found in the Hakuba Valley, like this at Iwatake looking back towards Happo © hakubavalley.com

Because it’s a Vail Resorts product it’s easy to focus only on the North American options for skiing and riding in the 2022/2023 Northern Season with it (by when you would think every state in Australia and the Feds will be allowing unrestricted travel for the vaccinated). These are huge – 10 days to use across their big 3, Whistler, Vail and Beaver Creek, and unlimited or virtually unlimited at the likes of Park City, Heavenly, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte and lots more.

But Epic Australia Pass Japan bonuses are not to be ignored either.

You could make a classic 2 island 2 week Japow trip based on the included 5 day consecutive passes for the mighty Hakuba Valley, Japan’s biggest (in terrain terms) resort group featuring 9 classic areas, in the Japan Alps and Hokkaido’s powder central, Rusutsu, home of the most snow mushrooms we have ever seen.

A 5 day pass in Hakuba Valley is JPY 31,000 this year, or around AUD 365, which is great value anyway but more so if you get it free with your Epic Oz Pass. At Hakuba you can jump on the lifts at your choice of 9 great areas from mighty Happo-One to the powder paradise of Cortina.

Dave Enright slashing powder side country at Happo-One, Hakuba Valley
Hakuba Valley BC legend Dave Enright slashing the side country © Owain Price / snowaction.com.au

A 5 day pass in Rusutsu is also JPY 31,000, so use both and you have got $730 or so bonus value back off your Epic Oz Pass right there. Even one day at home will put you ahead.

Just remember the 2022-23 Epic Australia Pass is NOT valid for the 2021-22 winter in Japan (or anywhere).

Rusutsu alwayds delivers the goods © Owain Price / snowaction.com.au

With the first decent snowfalls this week across Japan and great prospects for international travel re-opening soon everyone is getting pumped to get back over.

Us too. We didn’t go the refund option, having used our Epic Oz Passes for only 3 days when the Canberra lockdown struck shortly followed by the full NSW shutdown. We are betting on getting our value from Japan and hopefully North America too.

Deposit your Epic Australia Pass here by midnight tonight 20 October to lock in the best lowest rate.

Get your Japow legs in shape then get into some of the legendary backcountry there with the legends at Evergreen: