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After a recent slew of ski-related tips and deals, I promised myself I would not have a ski-centric post today since I know not every family is into mountain and powder (though I can’t understand why!), but I have to break my internal promise to let you know that the Mountain Collective passes for next year are now on sale with some early purchase perks!
The Mountain Collective Pass is a unique alternative to the Epic and IKON passes both in price-point and in how they operate. The Mountain Collective Pass is on sale right now for just $409 for an adult pass with children’s passes for those 12 and under available for just $1 with an adult pass purchase! Additional child passes are $99 each, which is still a very fair price as I recently paid more than that for child’s one-day lift ticket at Vail.
With the Mountain Collective, you get two days of skiing at each included family of mountains, plus one additional day to use at one of the mountains if you get in on the early purchase offer that just launched today. Beyond those included ski days, you get unlimited use of 50% off single day lift tickets at participating mountains. There are no blackout dates for the included days or additional 50% off days.
Participating mountains for the Mountain Collective Pass include: Alta Ski Area, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Big Sky Resort, Coronet Peak | The Remarkables, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Lake Louise, Mammoth Mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush Resort, Sun Valley, Taos Ski Valley, and Thredbo Alpine Village.
Mountain Collective pass holders also receive two days at each of the Mountain Collective Global Affiliates – Valle Nevado, Chile, Niseko United, Japan, and Chamonix Mont Blanc, France. The Mountain Collective Pass is valid from May 1, 2018 – April 30th, 2019.
To give you a sense of the value of the $409 Mountain Collective Pass with the $1 child’s pass, keep in mind that a one-day lift ticket at Aspen Snowmass is $169 for adults and $112 for children 7 – 17. If you want to ski three days at Aspen Snowmass on an advance purchase rate, it is $447 for adults and $276 for children. That one ski trip of three days for one adult and one child will cost you over hundreds of dollars extra if you pay the advance purchase rate to Aspen Snowmass rather than just purchase the Mountain Collective Pass at the current rates. Not only that, but you still have tons of other days left to use at tons of other mountains all season long if you purchase the Mountain Collective Pass.
The biggest decision for many skiers will not be whether to purchase a ski pass, but rather which one to get. While the Epic Pass is relatively unique with its line-up of participating resorts, there is a fair amount of overlap between the Mountain Collective Pass and the new IKON Pass, though each has some unique resorts and features, too. I’ll do a full comparison of the three passes when Epic releases its final pricing and mountains for the 2018 – 2019 ski season.
Are you going to scoop up a $1 Mountain Collective child’s pass for next season? Which ski pass is the best overall deal for your powder loving family?
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