The 2016/17 Multi-Mountain Ski Passes Are Bigger and Better then Ever

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A growing trend or skiers and snowboarders has been the emergence of multi-mountain passes and it looks like people are flocking to them. Companies are expanding the number of mountains on these passes to a large number making them exceptional values. The mountain collective has increased with an additional 8 mountains while the max pass has increase with 16 new mountains. These aren't small mountains either. Telluride, Taos, Revelstoke, Okemo, Crested Butte, and many other mountains have been added to these passes this year.

I can personally tell you that after 6 years of passes, I bought my family and I the MAX Pass last year and it was excellent. We hit Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Killington, and others. This year, with the addition of 16 mountains, I am looking forward to hitting many more. 

I have put together this article to help out all of our readers with figuring out the best values for them. We have links to all of the various mountains along with costs and some of the major benefits of the passes. If you need more information, see the websites for any details and answers to questions.

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective pass gives you access to 2 days of skiing at 14 different mountains (up from 8 last year) giving you a total of 28 days of skiing. These are some of the premier mountains in North America and for $419 is a pretty good deal if you plan on going to at least 2 of the mountains.

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • $419 /adults
  • $99 /children 12 and under

Other perks:

  • 50% off if you wish to go for more than 2 days
  • No blackout days
  • 25% off lodging
  • 2 days at Valle Nevado in Chile.

The M.A.X. Pass

Intrawest, Boyne Resorts and Powdr have partnered up to create the M.A.X. Pass. The pass keeps growing and is now up to 38 mountains from 22 last year. That's 16 new mountains this year. On top of that, the price of the pass remains the same as last year at $699. This pass gives you access to all of the different mountains in North America with 5 days at each mountain for a total of 190 days of Skiing/Snowboarding. This pass is a tremendous value!

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • $699 /adults
  • $499 /teen ages 13-17
  • $399 /children 6-12
  • $49 / children 5 and under

Other perks:

  • No blackout dates.
  • Pass can be purchased as an add-on to an existing season pass at any of the resorts for a discounted price. See website for details.
  • $249 /adults
  • $199 /teen ages 13-17
  • $149 /children 6-12
  • $29 / children 5 and under

Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus

A great collection of Colorado Mountains along with a bucket list mountain if you ever dreamed of skiing/snowboarding in New Zealand.

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • $629 /adults
  • $479 /college students
  • $479 /seniors ages 70+
  • $479 /teen ages 13-17
  • $359 /children 6-12
  • $30 /children 5 and under

Other perks:

  • 20 Friends and Family tickets. 10 to Winter Park Resort and 10 to Copper Mountain. $69/day (open - 12/17, $79 (12/18 - close), $89 on certain dates.
  • Numerous discounts to a variety of activities, lessons, rental equipment, services, stores, lodging, and restaurants. See website for details.

The Epic Pass

Vail Resorts combines their resorts into a number of different passes. The Epic Pass is their top pass.

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • $849 /adults 13+
  • $439 /children 5-12 

Other perks:

  • Discounts on buddy passes.
  • Food and service discounts
  • Includes access to 30 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland!

Epic Pass Local

Similar the Epic Pass but with some restrictions. Unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar & Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions.

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • $649 /adults 19+
  • $509 /teen ages 13-18
  • $339 /children 6-12

Other perks:

  • Discounts on buddy passes.

Powder Alliance Pass

2 new resorts this year brings this pass up to a total of 15 resorts from the United States and Canada. Buying a pass at any of the resorts gives you access to three FREE days at each of the rest of the resorts. Basically, when you purchase a season pass at any of the resorts, this is an additional benefit to the pass. Blackouts apply for this pass. On most resorts, you cannot go on a Saturday or on holidays.

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • Price varies by resort. See the website of the home resort for details.

Other perks:

  • Lodging discounts

White Mountain SuperPass

The mountains on this pass are located in New Hampshire and offer a great variety of high quality mountains.

The mountains included:

Cost:

  • $1149 /adults 18+
  • $749 /teen ages 13-17
  • $649 /children 6-12

Other perks:

  • Bring a friend discounts
  • Retail discounts

New England Pass

Boyne Resorts combines their big 3 mountains of the east. The pass has numerous options by age and type of pass. They have Gold, Silver, and Bronze which will vary on restrictions. Gold allows unlimited access, Silver has holiday restrictions, and Bronze has weekend restrictions.

The mountains included:

Cost:

The prices below are for Gold Passes giving you unlimited access to all of the mountains. See website for details on all options.

  • $1,309 /adults 19-64
  • $915 / seniors ages 65-79
  • $30 / super seniors 80+
  • $1,029 /teen ages 13-18
  • $915 /children 6-12
  • $30 / children 5 and under

Other perks:

  • Retail discounts
  • Free or discounted tickets to other resorts managed by Boyne Resorts.

Tahoe Local Pass

Part of Vails Epic pass program. This particular pass keys in on their resorts in the Tahoe area.

The mountains included (unlimited skiing with some holiday restrictions):

Cost:

  • $569 /adults 19+
  • $459 /teen ages 13-18
  • $289 /children 5-12

Other perks:

  • 5 total restricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City or Arapahoe Basin with restrictions.
  • Discounts on Buddy tickets.
  • Half-price pass holder tickets available on blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.
  • Unlimited half-price pass holder tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City and Canyons.

Peak Pass

The Peak Pass contains 7 resorts from the Northeast area of the United States. Five different pass types are offered which have different benefits, blackout dates, and additional discounts. This is an excellent value for skiers/riders living in this area.

The mountains included (unlimited skiing with some holiday restrictions):

Cost:

  • $799 /adult Explorer Pass (no blackout dates and all of their available discounts)
  • $599 /youth Explorer Pass (no blackout dates and all of their available discounts)
  • $699 /all ages Ranger Pass (11 blackout dates and some of their available discounts)
  • $399 /ages 18-29 Drifter Pass (11 blackout dates and some of their available discounts)
  • $499 /all ages Traveler Pass (5 blackout dates and all of their available discounts)
  • $60 /6 and under (no blackouts, no benefits)

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