One of college's primary goals is to teach young minds to be critical thinkers. To analyze various sides of an argument and take into account the greater implications of their reasoning before arriving at an opinion. On the flip side, the goal of a college pass, is to help students spend less time with their heads in the books and more time sliding on snow.

Enter the Higher Education College Season Pass. A five-mountain, zero blackout superpass that grants students maximum study-time in the mountain classroom, with access to more skiable terrain than any other college pass out there. No need to flex those scholarly thinking muscles, this deal is a no-brainer.

The Higher Education College Season Pass is available, with a steep discount, for just $319 through December 16. Price increases to $449 after that date.

Getting the pass is easy. Simply call or visit any one of the five participating mountains – Mount Snow (VT), Jack Frost/Big Boulder (PA), Wildcat, Attitash or Crotched (NH) – and pick one up. Or, since college life is super hard and all, hunt down an on-campus rep and save an extra $20 off the pass price.

In addition to the epic amount of skiing and riding you can clock up on this pass (over 1,300 acres, across three states), Mount Snow is offering additional perks. When students purchase their pass from the Vermont resort, they receive two, $40 Bring-A-Friend tickets (valid midweek), a free year's magazine subscription to their choice of Freeskier Magazine or Snowboard Magazine, and special discounts during the resorts not one, but two college week celebrations.

In order to be eligible for the Higher Education Pass you must be a full-time college student carrying at least 12 credits as an undergrad or nine credits as a graduate student for the Fall 2012 semester. Valid college ID and a stamped letter from the registrar’s office confirming full-time status are required for pass pick-up. No exceptions.

More info at mountsnow.com.