Don’t miss out on this year’s batch.
One of the best ways to enjoy the winter season is to get out on a mountain and spend a few days skiing. If you’re a pro who makes regular trips to the Rockies, you’ve most likely heard of the variety of ski passes out there. If not, you may want to consider one. Not only do they provide access to multiple resorts, but they can also be pretty economical in the long run. While the best time to purchase a pass is actually in the spring (prices increase and supplies run out closer to opening day), it’s not too late to snag one for the 2015/16 season.
The Mountain Collective
What is it? The Mountain Collective pass offers two days at each of its resorts, allowing for plenty of time to bounce from mountain to mountain. New this year are SunValley, Stowe Mountain Resort, Taos, and Thredbo.
Current Adult Price: $449 (Pays for itself in 5 days*)
Resorts: Alta/Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Ski Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sun Valley, Taos, Thredbo, Whistler Blackcomb
International Destinations: Valle Nevado (Chile), Hakuba Valley (Japan), Chamonix (France)
What is it? A newcomer this year, M.A.X Pass gives you access for five days at each of its 22 participating resorts. There are no blackout dates and plenty of options on both the east and west coast.
Current Adult Price: $749 (Pays for itself in 7 days*)
Resorts: Big Sky, Boreal Mountain Resort, Brighton, Copper Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Lee Canyon, Mt. Bachelor, Steamboat, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Winter Park, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Killington, Loon Mountain, Pico Mountain, Snowshoe, Stratton, Sugarloaf, Sunday River
International Destinations: Cypress Mountain (Canada), Blue Mountain (Canada), Tremblant (Canada)
Tahoe Super Pass Gold
What is it? With access to Tahoe’s best resorts, this pass has great perks including unlimited access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, four days at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl, unlimited 50% discounts on lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts, and a worry-free guarantee that will credit users up to four days towards a 2016/17 pass if they don’t ski at least five times this year.
Current Adult Price: $829 (Pays for itself in 9 days*)
Resorts: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-At-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl
International Destination: Two days at Zermatt (Switzerland)
Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus
What is it? With access to multiple resorts in Colorado as well as resorts in places like New Zealand, you’ll be able to enjoy the snow year-round. Additionally, the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus offers a slew of benefits from free “friends and family” tickets to discounts on rental equipment and tuning.
Current Adult Price: $609 (Pays for itself in 7 days*)
Resorts: Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora Alpine Pass, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Alyeska Resort
International Destinations: Tomamu (Japan), Alts Bandai (Japan), Nekoma (Japan), Cardrona (New Zealand), Mt. Ruapehu (New Zealand)
What is it? You can ski California’s mountains every day with this pass. It offers unlimited skiing, five “bring-a-friend” tickets, and up to 20% off lodging at Mammoth Lodging Collection properties.
Current Adult Price: $999 (Pays for itself in 12 days*)
Resorts: Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit
Below are passes that you missed the boat on, but should keep in mind for next year.
What is it? One of the most popular ski passes, the Epic Pass gives you unlimited access to twelve resorts, including Australia’s Perisher in 2016. Sales typically end in November, so it’s important to grab one of these early.
Average Cost: $769 (Pays for itself in 6 days*)
Resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin
International Destination: Verbier (Switzerland), Perisher (Australia)
* Days dependent on individual resort pricing