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It covers 2,750km of pistes, 900 ski lifts and 25 resorts across some of the finest skiing and snowboarding in the Alps.

The Kitzbuheler Alpen AllStarCard has joined up with the Salzburg Soper Ski Card to straddle some of the main ski areas in Austria.

The resorts include Kitzbuhel, Zell am See, Kaprun, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Fieberbrunn, Niederau, Auffach, Alpbach, St Johann, Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll and Westendorf.

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There has been a trend for resorts to join up and/or offer joint lift tickets deals.

Included in the new Austrian pass is Fieberbrunn in the Tirol that recently joined Saalbach/Hinterglemm in the Ski Circus to create the largest ski area in Austria.

Here at PlanetSKI we visited last winter and were fortunate to arrive in the some of the best snow of the season - see here for our report on the ski area.

However next season the Ski Circus loses its title of the biggest linked ski area as St Anton joins up with Lech - we will bring you a full report on that here on PlanetSKI in the autumn.

The joint ticket undoubtedly brings PR and marketing benefits, but some question how much value it might be to British skiers and snowboarders.

For people making multiple visits to the area or are on a road trip taking in a number of resorts then it may be worth looking at, but most British people stay in a single resort and just ski in any linked areas already on the pass.

Similar offerings of huge ski areas and multiple resorts in the Alps have been made in the past.

The Alpine Legends Pass in France was released in a blaze of publicity ahead of the season of 2015/16 - we reported on it here.

It covered nine major resorts in the Tarentaise region - Tignes, Val d'Isere, Courchevel, Meribel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Plagne and Les Arcs.

That's 91 ski lifts, and over 1,300km of marked runs.  There were 5 glaciers in the area.

But it was then quietly dropped  before the season had even started as not enough people bought it - see here as we reported on its demise.

The passes that cover a multitude of ski areas seem to do better in North America.

Vail Resort's Epic Pass covers Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge in Colorado.

Park City in Utah and Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar in California.

It owns a number of small resorts in the USA too.

It also owns Perisher in Australia and has reciprocal lift pass arrangements with some resorts in Europe.

And its main North American rival is the Mountain Collective that has 14 resorts under its umbrella.

It has just been joined by Revelstoke in Canada and Telluride in the USA - see here for our recent story on the the 2 new editions that can found in our report on August 10th.

Here at PlanetSKI we'll keep you posted on the new Austrian offering.

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The AllStarCard ski pass is valid from: 15.10.2016 - 01.05.2017

Ski passes are available for 1 to 14 days, as a 10-day pass with freely selectable days and a season pass.

A 6 day pass is: Adults: € 265, Children: €132, Youth: €198.

10 day pass with freely selectable days: Adult: €485 (advance €435), Child €242 (advance €217), Youth: €363 (advance €326).

Season passes purchased before 06/12/2016 start from €680 (adult).

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