Thredbo boarderThe battle for the growing number of Australian skiers, highlighted by the recent acquisition of Perisher by Vail Resorts,  has intensified with Thredbo announcing it’s just become the first full ‘international member’ of the Mountain Collective, a marketing alliance of 16 high-profile North American ski resorts.

Thredbo’s first move has been to launch a USD349 ski pass with 18 days skiing, no restrictions, at Mountain Collective resorts including two days at Thredbo. This offer is available for an unspecified ‘limited time’.

This is in response to Perisher’s hugely successful USD769 season pass that provides unlimited access to Perisher and all Vail Resorts properties in the US.

The standard Thredbo pass, unlimited skiing at the Australian mountain without access to other areas, costs $999.

Thredbo’s new partner mountains are Whistler Blackcomb, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, AltaSnowbird, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.

Vail Resorts owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah;  Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, California;  Afton Alps, Minnesota and  Mt. Brighton, Michigan.

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