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The pass collective that’s trained its lens on small, independently owned ski resorts has gone international. The Indy Pass announced today the addition of four ski areas in northern Japan where Indy Pass holders get eight days of skiing in the Hokkaido region, home to Japan’s legendary blower pow.
The four resorts, Geto Kogen, Tazawako, Okunakayama Kogen, and Shimokura/Panorama, are all smaller areas nestled into the Tohoku mountains, where between 40 and 60 feet of snow piles up every winter.
The largest of the four, Tazawako, hosts the FIS Freestyle World Cup and is known for its tree skiing and backcountry opportunities. Geto Kogen is the region’s powder magnet, often buried by massive storm dumps courtesy of the precipitation coming off of the Sea of Japan. Okunakayama Kogen and Shimokura have four and three lifts respectively, but are packed with local culture and an authentic ambience.
Indy Pass is also partnering with Japan Ski Tours for discounted guiding and concierge services. Read here about why hiring a guide in Japan is the right choice.
Pass founder and CEO Doug Fish knows that a ski trip to Japan isn’t in the cards for every skier, but says that “by adding these beautiful, independent resorts and culturally rich region to the Indy Pass, we give people something to dream about.”
The Indy Pass is on sale right now for $279, but rates increase after Aug. 31. The pass gets you two days at 76 resorts with blackout dates. You can avoid blackouts with the Indy+ Pass for $379. If your home resort is an Indy Pass partner, the Indy AddOn pass buys you two days at all of the other Indy Pass resorts for $189 with blackouts or $289 without.
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