2022/23 Buyer’s Guide: Mountain Collective Pass

Newsroom Lift Passes 2022/23 Buyer’s Guide: Mountain Collective Pass

The Mountain Collective is, well collectively, a group of 25 U.S. and international ski resorts that make up an “A” list of 25 destinations you’ll want to ski or ride — some with several resorts in one general area. This is a less expensive than the Epic or IKON passes, but still very enticing.

The pass offers you two days at each of its destinations and 50 percent off on more tickets at those resorts based on that day’s ticket window price. There are none of those pesky blackout dates either. It’s simple in nature and not near as confusing or layered as the Big Two passes.

The Mountain Collective came about as an alternative to the original Epic Pass from Vail Resorts before Vail went on a buying spree. It remains one of the most attractive passes and one of the easiest to understand and use. If the math works out for how often and where you plan to ski and ride, this could be your magic carpet to winter fun.

Side note: The Mountain Collective and IKON pass share some ownership and that’s why, for example, resorts like Aspen Snowmass and several others are involved in both passes with different offerings.

One difference you will notice if you have used Mountain Collective passes in the past is that Sugarbush, Vt., Mammoth Mountain and Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows) in California are no longer included, but there some significant recent additions such as Le Massif de Charlevoix and Marmot Basin in Canada, Sun Valley, Idaho, Sugar Bowl, California and Snowbasin, Utah.

Here’s where you will ski or snowboard this winter with a Mountain Collective Pass:

Eastern U.S.: Sugarloaf, Maine

Western U.S.: Alta and Snowbird, Utah; Sugar Bowl, Calif.; Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Colo; Sun Valley, Idaho; Big Sky Resort, Mont; Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo; Taos, N.M.; Snowbasin, Utah

Canada: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin, Alberta; Panorama, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks, B.C. and Le Massif de Charlevoix, Quebec

France: Chamonix Mont-Blanc

New Zealand: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables

Australia: Mt. Buller, Thredbo

Chile: Valle Nevado

Japan: Niseko United.

Some highlights to Mountain Collective destinations:

Aspen Snowmass marketers were among the first to help conceive and develop The Mountain Collective and this Rocky Mountain resort complex is a key reason to consider this pass.

Few places in the United States can boast four distinct ski and snowboarding delights like Aspen Mountain (you may know it as Ajax), Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. All are distinct, have their own flavor and, all told, make this resort world-class in virtually every way.

There are even two distinctly different towns – Aspen (world famous and you can count on spotting a celebrity at the next table at dinner) and Snowmass, right on the ski slopes a quick shuttle bus or drive away. As the saying goes… “Where else but Aspen?” Be sure to note, however, you will receive two days at the Aspen Snowmass destination, not two days at each of the four distinct mountains.

Fabled Taos Ski Valley has a makeover

The Southwestern flavor of fabled Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico is a key part of the Collective. The late Ernie Blake and his family created and managed Taos Ski Valley for many years. Today, new owners have brought the resort up to world-class standards, but the mountain remains exactly what you’d expect.

Steep and deep and fun. Taos and Kacina Peak combine for more than your legs can take. Further, Taos Ski Valley and its new ownership group call themselves a “B” Corporation — sort of a Declaration of Independence, purpose-driven to benefit all stakeholders. The new motto: “Ski the change you want in the world.”

Try the deep, deep snows at Revelstoke, B.C.

Revelstoke Resort, near the town with the same name in British Columbia, collects more than 120 years of skiing history that has become part of the town’s fabric, creating a community that simply celebrates winter.

If you live for snow, you’ll feel welcome here. Revelstoke holds the record for the most snowfall in Canada in a single winter at 80 feet, and the resort’s slopes are blanketed in an average of 34 feet of powder every winter. Not only does Revelstoke boast the longest descent in North America, but it combines three key attributes: huge terrain, endless powder, and a small-town atmosphere.

It happens at Sun Valley — new to the pass

And then there’s the most famous of all — Sun Valley. This is the nation’s first destination resort founded by Averill Harriman for guests of the Union Pacific Railroad. It became iconic in the Hollywood Classic movie starring ice skater Sonja Henie and the Glenn Miller Big Band.

Later famed filmmaker Warren Miller began filming his annual ski movies while living on purloined oyster crackers from the Sun Valley Inn in the parking lot. The R. Earl Holding family, owners of the Grand America Hotels & Resorts, currently owns the resort today.

The company also owns Snowbasin, the far more low key, but excellent skiing mountain in the scenic Ogden Valley of Utah. Both resorts are available on either the Mountain Collective or IKON pass though at different levels.

The best of Eastern Canada

Still another reason to consider the Mountain Collective pass — particularly if you live in the East — is the addition of Le Massif de Charlevoix in Quebec. Rising high above the mighty St. Lawrence River in the heart of Quebec’s Charlevoix, the resort is truly a sleeping giant of a mountain that’s home to some of the most spectacular skiing in Eastern Canada.

Le Massif is about one hour east of Quebec City and its international airport, not far from Mont-Sainte-Anne, and in the centre of the province’s picturesque Charlevoix region.

It is known for its commanding views of the St. Lawrence, steep runs, state-of-the-art facilities, and tantalizing cuisine that’s some of the best you’ll find at any ski area’s base in Canada.

It’s also the mountain with the greatest vertical drop (770 metres; 2,526 feet) and the largest annual snowfall (650 cm; 21 feet) east of the Canadian Rockies.

Some answers to your questions

Mountain Collective Ski Pass Prices

Mountain Collective passes are priced at an excellent price point assuming you plan or want to ski and ride at any of the resorts included. The special deal that gives you 50 percent off daily window ticket prices after using the initial two days included is perfect if you plan to stay longer at one resort. This is the easiest pass to figure out, do the math and use. Read more about the Mountain Collective pass prices.

What does a Mountain Collective Pass cost?

The ski pass price points are (USD): Adults $579; Teens (13-18) $479; Kids (12 and under) $189. The Mountain Collective pass goes on sale at the lowest price in the spring, and then continues to increase in price through the summer and fall before going completely off sale in mid-December. Follow them on social, or visit their website, for up-to-date information on pricing.

Has the Mountain Collective pass price risen over the years?

Certainly, but so has everything. and all of these passes. The original Mountain Collective price was $349 in 2012, but the resorts in the program have been upgraded and now represent a true collection of some of the best in the United States and, for that matter, the world. It is now simply a less expensive and very attractive variation on the IKON pass.

Buying additional day tickets

Save 50 percent on additional tickets in each age category as priced on the day of purchase at Mountain Collective destinations. Procedures for picking up your day ticket may vary from resort to resort. Check first. There are no blackout days.

Can I save on lodging?

Yes. Your Collective Pass comes with lodging deals and special lodging discounts at all the resorts at selective properties usually on or near the ski slopes. There are some blackout days for lodging at some Mountain Collective pass resorts.

How about a road trip?

Check out the creative Collective Treks where you can mix and match resorts for a fun trek, such as combining visits to Arapahoe Basin, Aspen-Snowmass, Taos Ski Valley, and many more.

When can I ski in the Southern Hemisphere?

Your pass is valid all summer long when the winter is upside down. Australian, New Zealand, and Chilean resorts usually open ski season in earnest in June and can run as late as October.

Destinations vs Mountains

Understand that with the Mountain Collective Pass, you will receive two free days at each destination — not, for example, at each of the four mountains of Aspen-Snowmass.

What if I don’t want to travel and stay at one destination?

The pass is almost always still worth it if you stay at one resort for six days or more. Again, just do the math for yourself. Still asking yourself which pass to get? It depends on how much you travel to ski and if the math works for you and your family.

Check out our stories on the Epic Pass, Indy Pass, and Ikon Pass.

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