Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has joined forces with Kamori International and Rusutsu Resort, one of Japan’s most popular year-round resorts, in a partnership that benefits season passholders on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. 

“Steamboat has a rich history with Kamori International and Rusutsu Resort in Japan dating back to the late 1980s, and we’re very honored to be working together again,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for Steamboat. “Both companies place a high value on guest service and bringing new experiences to their passholders. We believe this partnership will open new opportunities, expand international marketing and build upon the strength of each resort and its mountain heritage.”

These two iconic international resorts reunite for the 2015/16 winter season providing access for season passholders to some of the best snow in both countries: Rusutsu’s famous Hokkaido powder and Steamboat’s signature Champagne Powder® snow.

Steamboat season passholders will enjoy up to seven complimentary days of skiing and riding at Rusutsu Resort when they book up to seven nights of lodging at a Kamori-owned lodging property in Rusutsu. Located on the southern portion of Hokkaido Island, Rusutsu Resort is one of Japan’s most popular year-round resort destinations and receives some of the country’s lightest, driest and most abundant snow during the winter.

Rusutsu passholders receive similar complimentary benefits of free skiing and riding at Steamboat. There are no blackout dates at either location, and complimentary skiing is based on number of lodging nights up to a maximum of seven nights. In addition, both resorts’ trademarks will be used during this program to establish, promote and market the new partnership.

“Combine the attributes of both of these internationally acclaimed resorts — including great snow, big mountains, no crowds, breathtaking scenery, family programs, expansive tree terrain as well as night skiing — and passholders can now experience the best of North America and Japan on just one pass,” continued Perlman. “Getting between the two is easy with United Airlines daily nonstop flight from Denver to Narita and then convenient connections to Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) and the Chitose Airport (CTS).

Rusutsu, just 90 minutes from Sapporo’s new Chitose International Airport and one hour from Niseko, is a heaven for powder lovers. The resort receives over 13 meters of deep, light snow per year. Three unique mountains — East, West and Mt. Isola — feature long, wide and quiet trails across 1,700 hectares for all ability levels as well as tree skiing, side country and night skiing. Rusutsu Resort is scheduled to operate for the 2015/16 season from November 21, 2015 through April 10, 2016.

With some of the highest guest service scores within the ski industry, Steamboat is famous worldwide for its authentic western atmosphere, genuine friendliness, Olympian tradition and Champagne Powder® snow. North America’s Top Family Resort, Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® encompasses 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet and nearly 3,000 skiable acres with six peaks filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, meadows, legendary trees, four terrain parks and rarely a lift line to be seen. Steamboat’s winter season is expected to run from November 25, 2015 through April 10, 2016.