Skiing in Banff could be more affordable this year, thanks to a just-announced partnership between the famed winter mecca and the Mountain Collective, whose pass grants holders big savings in a traditionally expensive sport.

A longtime winter favorite, Banff's mountains provide 8,000 acres of ski and snowboard terrain in a UNESCO-recognized wilderness deep in the Canadian Rockies. All three ski areas inside Banff National Park —Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and Mount Norquay —are joining the Mountain Collective.

The Collective's pass grants holders two free days and 50 percent off lift tickets after that, at each of the seven ski area in the group, which includes famed peaks like Mammoth Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb and Aspen Snowmass, among others.

A limited number of 2014/2015 Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $389 per adult, coming in at under $28 per free ski day. Passes are available at That's a remarkable savings considering that regular day passes can run above $100.  Other ski passes to consider? Epic Pass and Intrawest's Passport Read more about the different programs here.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.