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Several of the major ski areas in NZ have joined up with a deal called "Endless Winter Global Ski Experience" where you can use your season pass from certain areas in the US to get half price lift tickets in NZ. If you were thinking of coming down under next year for a visit and hold one of the valid passes that qualify (eg. Vail Colorado pass), make sure you pack it in your luggage.

Exert from Treble Cone news.......
"Holders of 2006 season passes for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona can now ski or board well into 2007 at participating ski areas across the world, for just half price.

The Endless Winter Global Ski Experience encourages skiers of each Leading Mountain Resort (LMR) of the World to visit the others. This programme will allow people to ski at vastly discounted rates for 10 out of the 12 months of the year.

The Leading Mountain Resorts of the World is an alliance between top alpine resorts. Queenstown New Zealand represents Australasia, Val Gardena Italy represents Europe, Vail Colorado for North America and Bariloche Argentina represents South America. "

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On the web site they talk about Queenstown as being a leading resort. Tt is a resort town with 4 ski areas within day trip driving distances, all of which you can get the half price tickets at. In NZ there is no such thing as a village at the base of the ski area, all towns - and therefore accomodation - are below the snow line and you have to drive up mountain roads to get to the ski areas.