When I first learned of the Mountain Collective pass last season, I knew I had to get one. For starters, I could receive tickets to my favorite resorts: Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole and Alta. The price was unbeatable and these resorts all offer the kind of varied terrain I like: secret powder stashes, steeps, bumps, bowls, long top-to-bottom runs and perfect groomers for when you want them.
Passes are available for next season (2013-14 season), and along with Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows (as before), Aspen/Snowmass (also as before), and now Mammoth, Whistler Blackcomb and Snowbird. At $349 for 12 tickets—and no blackout dates—the new Mountain Collective pass is unprecedented, not to mention incredible. These ski and snowboard resorts are among the best in the world (as a former U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member, who ski-traveled extensively, I can say this), and you can literally ski them for free. They are also all easily accessible and feature a multitude of off-snow activities and events, along with a full host of lodging options. Those who like to drive could even mimic Canada’s Powder Highway and ride from resort to resort, and quite literally from Alpine to Squaw, with the Squaw/Alpine Express. Road-tripping is making a comeback for ski-resort vacations.
Squaw Valley offers extra benefits for Mountain Collective pass holders, too: You can get a 25% discount on lodging with a minimum 3-night stay, which helps make your Lake Tahoe ski vacation that much easier.
I’m in. Are you?
Tell us: How would you use your Mountain Collective Pass and which of the included resorts have you skied?