I have written in previous seasons about the virtues of The Mountain Collective ski and snowboard pass and what a fantastic pass it is. The way I see this playing out is that next season, this awesome ski pass will be dramatically different from this year and the years prior.
At one time, Whistler and Blackcomb, Mammoth, Aspen â€“ Snowmass, Squaw Valley â€“ Alpine Meadows and Stowe were all included in the Mountain Collective. However last year, Vail Resorts purchased Whistler â€“ Blackcomb and Stowe, so now they are out of the collective and are now included in the Vail Resorts family and their Epic Pass.
With Aspen â€“ Snowmass and Squaw Valley purchasing Mammoth Mountain and Stratton, I do not see these resorts being included in the Mountain Collective next year as they will probably be included in an all KSL (Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows) and Aspen owned resorts ski pass.
The Mountain Collective at $489 is still very much a viable pass with great mountains to go road trip and as it certainly includes some of the best resorts in all of the U.S and Canada. However, as you know, the ski landscape has been changing recently with resorts being acquired and mergers occurring. So some of these resorts you see on pass this season, may not be on this pass next year.
Many of my favorite resorts, which have some of the most rowdy terrain and deepest snow are included in The Mountain Collective, including: Jackson Hole, Snowbird â€“ Alta, Taos, Telluride and Revelstoke. If these resorts canâ€™t get you excited then someone needs to check your pulse as these are bona fide big mountain resorts that can challenge anyone.
But part of the allure of The Mountain Collective was that so many resorts were included and it is a veritable adult winter wonderland for the skiers and snowboarders looking to try out new terrain. The other resorts are exceptional in their own right: Sun Valley, Banf, Lake Louise, Snowbasin and Sugarbush. And for those who also wish to get some summer turns in, you get Thredbo in Australia and in New Zealand two resorts around Queenstown, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.
And if you find yourself dreaming further than the U.S. or Canada, The Mountain Collective passholder also can ski for 2 days in Chamonix*, France, Niseko* and Hakuba in Japan and Valle Nevado*, Chile. (* Note: These resorts do not include the additional 50% of per day)
One of the best attributes of this pass gets you 50% off any subsequent visits to any of these resorts after you have used up your two days on the mountain. It may seem a little trite at first thought, however, looking further into the pass purchase, it can be a way to use it as an everyday ski pass to your advantage. How is this so, you may be asking (for non-numbers people like myself).
Below is a chart of 2017-18 Season Passes versus The Mountain Collective pass for $489 showing the breakdown of the cost per 10 and 20 days of skiing between the two options. As you can see, depending on the cost of the season pass at the local resort, the average cost per day can vary quite a bit.
See below chart here
Resorts: Ski Pass vs Mountain Collective Ski 10 Days Ski 20 Days TMC 10 Days TMC 20 Days
Aspen/Snowmass Season Pass: $2,179 $218 $109 $111 $95
Jackson Hole:Season Pass: $1,985 $199 $99 $103 $86
Snowbird Season Pass: $1,190 $119 $60 $96 $77
Squaw / Alpine Season Pass: $979 $98 449 $113 $96
So, with many of the ski area conglomerates looking to expand their footprint, it may be time for you to purchase The Mountain Collective and road trip this winter and knock off some of your favorite resorts.
Reasons To Buy The Mountain Collective:
50% Off Lift Tickets
No Black-out Dates
The Mountain Collective 2017-18 Resorts:
Aspen â€“ Snowmass
Squaw Valley â€“ Alpine Meadows
Banf â€“ Sunshine Village
Australia / New Zealand
Affiliate Members (2 Free Days, no 50% off afterwards)
Valle Nevada, Chile,
Hakuba Valley, Japan