I have written about this awesome ski pass ever since it came out. Last year I purchased the pass myself, and before that I had written about it the past two years in a row. Last year they added some key resorts such as my favorite mountain Whistler in British Columbia and Mammoth Mountain in California.
For the 2015-16 season they continue to add to the list of available resorts with the addition of Sun Valley in Idaho. Lake Louise/Sunshine Valley is a new addition that happened to be added midway through the 2014-15 season and is another great addition. And the pricing has remained very competitive with adults at $369 (a modest $10 increase) while kids remain at the incredible value price of $99.
- Two days at Alta / Snowbird in Utah
- Two days at Aspen / Snowmass (or Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands) in Colorado
- Two days at Jackson Hole in Wyoming
- Two days at Mammoth Mountain in California
- Two days at Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows in California
- Two days at Whistler / Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada
- Two days at Lake Louise/Sunshine Valley in Alberta, Canada
- Two days at Valee Nevado in Chile (summer 2015 only)
- All subsequent days at 50% off
- No blackout dates. So perfectly fine during Christmas holidays, MLK or President’s Day weekends
At the time of writing you can pick an additional third free day at your choice of any one of the resorts.
The way to maximize the value of the pass is obviously to make shorter weekend type trips to as many as possible of each of the resorts. For the 2014-15 pass that I purchased I have so far managed to use two days at Whistler (I had booked three but scheduling only allowed me to make use of two), two days at Snowmass and I have two days coming up at each of Alta, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain. So I should get a total of 10 days for the $359 I paid last year, so a really unbeatable $35.90 per day skiing at a series of world class resorts. Given current lift ticket pricing I would say the breakeven is at around 3 days for adults and 2 days for children and anything above 4 days for adults is very good value.
I think I will have to go for this again for the 2015-16 season and I am hoping I can also make use of the two days in Chile in the Northern Hemisphere summer. Let’s see how much skiing I can get in!
At just $369 for adults and $99 for children 12 and under the Mountain Collective remains a blockbuster value ski lift ticket for the 2015-16 season.
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