A ski resort with terrain for all levels and closeby lodging, lots of apres ski activities and a good ski school make for great vacations on snow.
Are you looking for a less expensive multi-resort pass that still provides you with lots of variety at some of the world's top ski resorts during the new ski season? Then, be sure to go for the Mountain Collective pass, one of the first passes that came on the scene to change the scope of the ski and ride landscape.
The Mountain Collective pass provides skiers and riders with two days of fun each at 24 popular destinations across the globe. The best part is when you've used up your two days and you want more (you probably will), you only will pay 50 percent of the ticket price on the day you buy it.
Make the comparisons between the Mountain Collective and the Epic and IKON Passes and, while you will get more days at those, they are far more expensive. So calculate where you plan to play this winter and do that math.
Don't get too confused, however. The Mountain Collective and IKON Pass ownership has a mixture of the same ownership partners. That's the reason several major resorts -- think primarily Sun Valley this year --is part of both passes, having defected from the EPIC pass.
Plan to play on the snow at these Mountain Collective ski resorts in the U.S.: Alta Ski Area, Snowbird and Snowbasin, Utah (Snowbasin is new this year); Aspen Snowmass, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado; Big Sky, Montana; Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming; Sugarloaf, Maine; Sun Valley, Idaho (new this year) and Taos Ski Valley, N.M.
Newest addition to the Mountain Collective resorts for the 2022-23 season is Marmot Basin at Jasper with its short lift lines, uncrowded terrain, and laidback vibe. It has seven lifts that serve 3,000 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on 1,720 acres. Its 91 trails are divided into 30 percent novice, 30 percent intermediate, 20 percent advanced and 20 percent expert terrain.
Le Massif de Charlevoix in Quebec (known just as Le Massif) joined the Mountain Collective in early summer. It is located northeast of Quebec City. The resort directly overlooks the St. Lawrence River. There are 406 acres to play on and prodigious snowfall to enjoy.
Head north on the pass at these Mountain Collective pass resorts in Canada: Banff Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta; Panorama Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks and Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia and (new this year) Marmot Basin, Alberta and Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec.
Coronet Peak & the Remarkables welcome Mountain Collective pass holders in New Zealand.
Stay upside on your calendar and plan a ski trip to Chile's Valle Nevado.
You'll be able to play on the slopes of famous Chamonix. Mountain Collective pass holders receive “Mont-Blanc Unlimited Chamonix Valley” pass, which allows one to visit up to seven various locations and resorts In Chamonix Mont Blanc.
Niseko United is another participating resort in Mountain Collective Pass program. Niseko is located on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a 2 hr flight from Tokyo to Sapporo-Chitose, the main airport of the region. Over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain split over 4 resorts welcome skiers with some of the driest, lightest powder snow in the world. Don't miss it!
One thing to consider: The price is a good deal anytime, but the earlier you buy it, the lower the price. It escalates to the list price as the season gets closer. The price points are (USD): Adults $559; Teens (13-18) $459; Kids 12 and under $169. All additional tickets at the resort are 50 percent off that day's ticket window price with the Mountain Collective Pass. Here's a really good deal: There are no blackout dates either way.
Note that while there are several resorts added this year including Sun Valley, Snowbasin and Le Massif, that several resorts are no longer part of the program, including Mammoth Mountain, Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows) and Sugarbush.
One final notes: You will receive two days at each of the Mountain Collective destinations, but that does not mean, for example, you can ski two days at each of the Aspen Mountains such as Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.
Yes, there are additional benefits. There are Mountain Collective exclusive lodging deals at selected properties (some with blackout dates) at or near the resorts. There are also what they call "Collective Treks" where you can combine participating resorts such as A-Basin and Aspen Snowmass and others.
Several resorts such as Big Sky Resort and Jackson Hole require advance reservations and others to prevent overcrowding might do so as well. Best bet is to check the website at mountain collective.com/#passpickup prior to your trip.
The Mountain Collective ski pass is ideal if it fits both the number of days you plan to ski and where you plan to do it and the math works out even if you plan to stay at one resort for your ski week. This just might work out to be the perfect pass for the individual, couple or family that fits the profile. This is the pass that first challenged the Epic Pass and it remains a very viable contender.
For the latest and most up to date information on the Mountain Collective Pass, visit 2022/23 Buyer’s Guide: Mountain Collective