The Mountain Collective Pass was introduced for the 2012/2013 ski season and included 2 free days at Aspen/Snowmass, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Alta and Jackson Hole for just $349, plus 50% off all additional days with no blackout days. Think that sounds good? The pass just added three premier ski resorts in North America: Snowbird, Mammoth Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb. Starting today, a limited number of passes are available for the same price of $349, allowing pass holders to ski or ride two days at eight of the premier ski resorts (12 mountains total) in all of North America. 

“The Mountain Collective successfully captured the imagination of mountain travel enthusiasts looking for variety, flexibility and affordable access to the best independent resorts in the world,” said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company. “Adding these three world-class mountains makes this the ultimate dream pass, and only serves to enhance the value skiers and riders will enjoy from The Mountain Collective.”

If you’re still on the fence about purchasing this pass, there are plenty of reasons to change your mind. The skiing should be enough to change anyone’s mind. Snowbird won the 2012 OnTheSnow Visitors' Choice for Best Overall Resort and Whistler Blackcomb took home the Award for Best Overall TerrainMammoth Mountain features the highest lift-served terrain West of the Rocky Mountains, not to mention over 400 inches of annual snowfall and 300 days of annual sunshine. Founding member Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has some of the most advanced terrain in all of North America, but with the addition of the new High Speed Casper Quad, intermediate skiing has never been more accessible at Jackson.

Want to bring the kids along on your ski trip? Passes are available for children ages 12 and under, for just $229. Premier pass holders at each individual resort can also reap the benefits of a 50 percent discount on lift tickets at the participating resorts. 

The resorts know that skiing these resorts involves a lot of travel and they’re throwing in resort lodging discounts as well. On top of the skiing, with the additional lodging discounts, pass holders have the option of staying at some of the best ski hotels in North America, including the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Viceroy Snowmass and The Little Nell. These resorts also have some of the best ski town culinary options on the continent, like authentic Mexican fare at Mammoth Mountain or fresh seafood inspired menus in Whistler.

If that doesn’t make you want to hop on the Mountain Collective train, maybe these photos from Snowbird will do the trick…

Those looking to get in on the action early and save some money can head to http://www.themountaincollective.com, or call (800) 705-6286 for more information.