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BREAKING: Vail Announces Partnership With Japan's Niseko

Vail Resorts is hogging the news cycle today and they just announced a bombshell: a partnership with world-renowned Niseko Resort in Japan. 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. The ski area gets a crazy amount of snow, with an average of 590 inches per year. Now pass holders who buy the company's most expensive season pass (around $700), the Epic Pass, get access to five consecutive days at Niseko. This is in addition to skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. Whoa!

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