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EURO SKI PASS GOES ON SALE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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Almost 100 ski areas are part of Snowpass, the first European-wide season lift pass introduced for next winter. It's on sale now.



It promises access to 100 resorts in eight countries.

And it offers a discounted price of €395 to the first 50,000 people to sign up with an expression of interest.

The passes went on sale on Sunday 12th May at 12hrs 12 mins 12 secs.

The card - valid from 1st November 2019 to 25th April 2020 - gives passholders skiing in all partner resorts for 176 days with a limit of 10 days in each ski resort or group of ski resorts.

The full price is €895.

We reported on the development earlier:

Some questioned whether the Snowpass Card was a genuine offer, especially as there was initially no information about the resorts to be included.

But in a move which appeared to give it credibility the International Ski Federation, FIS, sent out a newsletter giving some details and said it was a ‘digital partner' of the Snowpass Card.

A few days before the official announcement of the partner resorts, individuals who had signed up were sent an email with a link to a web page which named most of the partner ski areas.

8 Snowpass ski resortsWeb page listing Snowpass ski resorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The email even made reference to the scepticism around its offer.

"While so many others lost their energies arguing about SNOWPASS CARD being too good to be true, you dared to join the big snow family!" it says.

And at 11am UK time on Wednesday 8th May, the resorts appeared in public for the first time on the Snowpass website.

In all there are 99 with 4 more yet to be revealed.

So, where is in?

In one way, Snowpass has undersold itself.

Nine - not eight - countries are represented.

Italy is the most represented with 22 of the 99 ski areas.

Austria has 21, France 17, Germany 16, Switzerland 15, Poland 5 and Spain, Slovenia and Portugal each have one.

And the resorts?

It's fair to say that most of them are little known and many are very small ski areas:

  • Jastrzębica Ski , Poland (3km, 1 lift, 3 slopes)
  • Kanin, Slovenia (19.5km, 11 lifts, 24 slopes)
  • Holzelfingen, Germany (3.5km, 5 lifts, 6 slopes)
  • Serra da Estrela, Portugal (14.5km, 4 lifts, 22 slopes)
  • La Fouly, Switzerland (20km, 4 lifts, 10 slopes)
Jastrzębica SkiJastrzębica Ski, Poland




















 

 

 


But there are some more well-known resorts with more extensive skiing on offer:

  • Sierra Nevada, Spain (110km, 21 lifts, 124 slopes)
  • Isola 2000, France (120km, 19 lifts, 45 slopes)
  • Les Orres, France (100km, 17 lifts, 36 slopes)
  • Silvapark Galtür, Austria (43km, 10 lifts, 19 slopes)
  • Tarvisio, Italy (25km, 15 lifts 24 slopes)
Isola 2000Isola 2000, France



























PlanetSKI has had confirmation from one of the Swiss resorts on the list that it has partnered with Snowpass and is looking forward to seeing how it works next season.  

"We are still negotiating with many more ski resorts to join soon, but by now we already have more than 100 ski resorts," Snowpass says.

"We will keep on working to make SNOWPASS CARD always better. And that is why we are the biggest ski pass in the world!"

Snowpass logoSnowpass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In North America the main resorts are lined up against each other in two groups.

The Ikon Pass, from the company Alterra, has 39 destinations across the world for $1,049.

It primarily offers North American resorts but also includes 7 days for locations in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile.

The Epic Pass, from Vail Resorts, includes 69 resorts for $939.

Inside the Epic Pass is access to North American resorts, resorts in Japan and Australia plus 9 European resorts.

In Europe there are many reciprocal lift pass agreements between resorts including the Tirol Snow Card which has 92 resorts in the Austrian province.

Snowpass is a company with its registered address in Portugal.

This is what it says on its website:

SNOWPASS.com is a technology company, composed by a multicultural team, from several areas of knowledge, that sums up decades of experience in e-Commere, Big Data Analytics, Web Design and Digital Marketing.

These people, with a passion in common, came together to start a snow revolution, truly believing that snow should be easily available to everyone and working hard to make it possible to be just a click away.

A whole team working to make it easier for you to ski abroad.

Will Snowpass come up with the goods?

We will be watching with interest.

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