East coast college students have something that students in other regions of the country are envious of -- the largest selection of ski areas all within an hour or two of campus. Being college students, their entitled to some of the biggest discounts on skiing and riding at their favorite resort(s). Students in Maine and New Hampshire,, can realize just how lucky they are with the New England College Pass that offers unlimited access to three northeast giants, Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon Mountain for less than $400, with some extra perks included.

The 2012/13 New England College Pass is available to full-time students for just $359 until Nov. 30.

Besides enjoying a long season of east coast skiing and riding, and $10 off zipline rides during 12-13 winter season, students wielding one of the New England College Passes will receive big discounts if they visit friends in Montana. Benefits at Big Sky Resort include 5 free tickets with nightly lodging (must be reserved through resort's central reservations department), or 50 percent off lift tickets without lodging. Western jet-setters will have plenty to read on the plane with their free one-year subscription to SKI Magazine, included with pass purchase.

Eligibility requirements are pretty standard: You must be a full-time student carrying a 9+ credit workload, have a valid college or university identification, letter from registrar's office and a propensity toward skipping classes when it's snowing. Okay, maybe we threw in that last part.

More info at sugarloaf.com, sundayriver.com, or loonmtn.com.