When one pass offers you unlimited access to six resorts, 352 acres and more than 3500 feet of vertical, you'd expect it to be made of solid gold. Well you're not far off. The North Carolina Ski Area's Association Gold Card grants 100 lucky skiers and riders with unlimited access to Cataloochee, Beech Mountain, Wolf Ridge, Sapphire Valley, Appalachian Ski Mountain and Sugar Mountain Resort for the entire 2013/14 season. 

At $800 each—and considering it's actually made of plastic—the Gold Card is worth far more than its weight in gold. As an added perk, Gold Card holders receive first dibs on the card for the following season. Just act fast; with a limited run of just 100 cards per season, Gold Cards are as elusive as they are valuable. Applications are required. Call 828-898-4521 x261 or download a Gold Card application online.