EPIC, MAX, Mountain Collective Add Ski Areas
Boyne, Intrawest, Powdr team up for bundle pass
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The big ski passes just keep getting bigger. Mountain Collective announced Tuesday that it has added Sun Valley in Idaho to its bundled pass. On top of that, Intrawest, Powdr, and Boyne Resorts announced that they’ve joined forces on a 22-resort ticket, dubbed the Multi-Alpine Experience (M.A.X.) Pass.
With the addition of Sun Valley, Mountain Collective brings its destination list to eight, including AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, and Whistler Blackcomb. The 2015–2016 season passes went on sale Tuesday; an adult ticket costs $369. That gets skiers 16 days of skiing—two days at each resort.
New to the bundled-pass game, the M.A.X. Pass gives holders five days at each of 22 resorts, including big names like Steamboat, Killington, and Big Sky. That comes out to 110 days of skiing for $699. The M.A.X. Pass’ 22 resorts make it the largest bundled pass, beating Vail’s Epic Pass by 10 ski areas—although a $769 Epic Pass affords skiers unlimited access to Vail’s resorts.
This continued bundling brings greater value and discounts to skiers and snowboarders who can afford the passes—and make it to the hill often enough to warrant buying one—but they could be running local mom-and-pop operations out of business. “When $500 buys you access to 12 resorts, people scoff at buying day tickets even at $49,” Silverton Mountain co-founder Aaron Brill told Outside in December.