Winter Park - ©Eric Wheeler/Winter Park

Dropping into powder at Winter Park.

Copyright: Eric Wheeler/Winter Park

Regional multi-resort season passes are back, and they are must-haves. Coalitions of regional ski resorts have created multi-resort season passes where skiers and riders benefit with more lifts, more acreage and more runs.

Spring is the time to leap on these season passes for the best rates. Some passes increase prices in early April while others keep their lowest rates later. Check out the details on the pass that best meets your regional needs.

1. Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus provides unlimited lift access to Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Eldora. Additionally, pass holders receive a handful of days at Steamboat, Crested Butte and Alyeska, plus seven days at six international resorts: Mt. Ruapehu and Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand; Tomamu, Alts Bandai, and Nekoma in Japan and Hlidarfjall in Iceland.

For families, the RMSP+ has one-upped most other resorts with the Kids Ski Free pass that has no blackout dates. One Kids Ski Free Pass is available with the purchase of an adult pass. Buying two adult passes can get you two kids' passes.

So what happened to the regular Rocky Mountain Super Pass? Essentially, it no longer exists. Ski Colorado states, "The RMSP is now the RMSP+ at the same early season cost as the RMSP+. That’s right, since you were already a Rocky Mountain Super Pass holder, we’re moving you up to be a Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus member without the plus in the cost."

Pricing is valid through 4/10/17

Adult 18+: $529

Teen 13-17: $439

Child 6-12: $319

Ages 5 & Under: $30

Senior 70+: $439

2. California

For Southern California skiers, the Cali4nia Pass returns. It combines access to Mammoth Mountain, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain. This popular option has no blackout dates. Benefits include discounts on rentals, lodging and "bring-a-friend tickets."

Pricing is valid through 4/4/17

Adult 23-64: $749

Youth 13-22: $579

Senior 65-79: $449

Child 5-12: $219 

Sun and powder at Sierra-at-Tahoe, California. - ©Sierra-at-Tahoe

Sun and powder at Sierra-at-Tahoe, California.

Copyright: Sierra-at-Tahoe

3. The West

The Powder Alliance is back for 2017/2018 with 15 ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains, West Coast and British Columbia making up its arsenal: Sierra-at-Tahoe, China Peak, Mountain High, Arizona Snowbowl, Angel Fire Resort, Crested Butte, Snowbasin, Stevens Pass, Timberline, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Bridger Bowl, Schweitzer, Whitewater, Silverstar and Kiroro Japan. Access to Powder Alliance benefits comes with purchase of unrestricted season passes at one of these mountains. The home pass adds on three days of lift access at each of the other ski resorts. You’ll need to dodge blackout dates, which vary for each resort but mostly land on peak holidays and sometimes Saturdays.

4. New England

In the Northeast, Sunday River, Loon Mountain and Sugarloaf combine under the 2017/2018 New England Pass. The pass comes in a gold, silver and bronze version with varying levels of benefits and lift access. The gold has no restrictions; it’s an unlimited pass that can be used anytime. The silver has 12 blackout days. The bronze is a weekday-only version that includes blackout dates. College students can buy a special unrestricted New England Pass. 

Gold Pass pricing shown is valid through 4/30/17

Adult 19-64: $1,099

Teen 13-18: $849

Junior 6-12: $725

Senior 65-79: $725

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