Powder Power: Top Ski & Ride National Passes

October 14, 2016

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  • Melanie Ott

The ski and ride season is upon us, with the freedom to follow the snow if you’ve got a favorite, local mountain. For starters, these five season pass options offer access to multiple resorts. But you’ll want to plow ahead as prices are subject to change (and even availability, in some cases).

Follow us to shorter lift lines and more total runs for the 2016-2017 season. If you’ve got a passport in addition to an edge tuner, there are some sweet international inclusion hiding in plain sight. And click here for our list of Top Regional Passes.

Photo: Drew Zieff

Mountain Collective Pass: Nearly a month of magic

What: 28 day passes, 2 at each Mountain Collective resort, no blackout dates; 50% off additional day passes; lodging deals; 1-year POW membership

US Resorts: Alta-Snowbird, UT; Aspen Snowmass, CO; Jackson Hole, WY; Mammoth, CA; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA; Sun Valley, ID; Stowe, VA; Taos, NM; Telluride, CO;

International Resorts: Ski Banffef/Lake Louise/Sunshine, Alberta; Revelsoke, BC; Whistler Blackcomb, BC; Thredbo, Australia; Cornet Peak/Queenstown/The Remarkables, New Zealand

Bonus Resorts: 2 days at global affiliate resorts Chamonix, France; Hakuba Valley, Japan; and Valle Nevado, Chile. 

Cost: $419

Website: mountaincollective.com

Photo: Lio DelPiccolo

Epic Pass: No stopping you

What: Unlimited access to Vail resorts, no blackout dates; 6 “Ski With a Friend” discount tickets

US Resorts: Vail, CO; Beaver Creek, CO; Breckenridge, CO; Keystone, CO; Park City, UT; Heavenly, CA; Northstar. CA; Kirkwood, CA; Wilmot, WI; Afton Alps, MN; Mt. Brighton, MI; Arapahoe Basin, CO

International Resorts: Perisher, Australia

Bonus Resorts: Includes 30 European resorts: 2 day passes to all 3 resorts in France; 3 day passes to choice of 4 resorts in Italy; 5 consecutive days at 4 Vallees in Switzerland; and 3 consecutive days at Arlberg in Austria

Cost: $849

Website: www.snow.com/epic-pass/passes/epic-pass.aspx

Max Pass: Amazing days, east to west

What: 190 day passes, 5 to each 38 included North American resorts, no blackout dates

US Resorts: Alyeska, Girdwood, AK; Big Sky, MT; Boreal Mountain, CA; Boyne Highland, MI; Boyne Mountain, MI; Brighton, UT; Buck Hill, MN; Copper Mountain, CO; Crested Butte, CO; Crystal Mountain, WA; Eldora, CO; Killington, VT; Lee Canyon Resort, NV; Loon Mountain, NH; Mountain Creek, NJ; Mountain High, CA; Mount Sunapee, NH; Mt. Bachelor, OR; Nakiska, Alberta; Pico Mountain, VT; Okemo, VT; Snowshoe, WV; Solitude, UT; Steamboat, CO; Stratton, VT; Sugarloaf, ME; Summit at Snoqualmie, WA; Sunday River, ME; Wachusett, MA; Winter Park, CO;

International Resorts: Blue Mountain, Ontario; Cypress Mountain, BC; Fernie Mountain Resort, BC; Kicking Horse Resort, BC; Kimberley Albine Resort, BC; Mont Saint Anne, Quebec; Mont Tremblant, Quebec; Stoneham, Quebec

Cost: $699

Website: www.themaxpass.com

Photo: Lio DelPiccolo

Powder Alliance: Tasty terrain

What: 42 day passes; purchase a season pass to one of 15 Powder Alliance resorts and receive 3 day passes to the other 14 resorts, blackout dates apply to certain resorts

US Resorts: Angel Fire, NM; Arizona Snowbowl, AZ; Bridger Bowl, MT; China Peak, CA; Crested Butte, CO; Mountain High, CA; Mt. Hood, OR; Schweitzer, ID; Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA; Snowbasin, UT; Stevens Pass, WA; Timberline, OR

International Resorts: Kiroro, Japan; Silver Star, BC; Whitewater, BC

Cost: Varies

Website: www.powderalliance.com

Photo: Drew Zieff

Rocky Mountain Super Pass+: Dive deeper

What: Unlimited access to 3 Colorado resorts plus day passes to 8 other resorts, including 7 day passes to all 5 international resorts, no blackout dates

US Resorts: Unlimited Winter Park, CO; Copper Mountain, CO; and Eldora Mountain, CO; 6 days at Steamboat, CO; 3 days at Crested Butte, CO and Alyeska, AK

International Resorts: Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand; Cardrona Alpine, New Zealand; Tomamu, Japan; Atls Bandai, Japan; Nekoma, Japan

Cost: $629 (guaranteed through Nov. 21)

Website: www.skicolorado.com/multi-mountain-season-passes

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