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How to ski 28 resorts for $39 a day or less

Jun 17, 2014

Get a taste of the European Alps at Austria's Alberg region, with the Epic Pass. Photo: Vail Resorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vail Resort’s Epic Pass and The Mountain Collective stand tall as two of the best combination ski passes on offer this season. If a keen skier were to invest in both passes today, the lucky son of a gun could ski one day at 28 different resorts in 5 countries for a total of $US1108 or just over $US39 a day. And that’s only counting single days. Get in quick though - Epic Pass is only on sale through December 6, 2013 while the Mountain Collective has a limited amount left. Here Scout gives the details about the different passes.

Epic Pass

If you’re a keen skier wanting to spend a lot of time skiing in the US and Europe this year, the Epic Pass is almost too good to be true. The pass currently costs $US729 for adults or $US379 for children (the price rises the closer it gets to the season), which is incredible value considering it includes unlimited skiing at 12 resorts in America and five days at resorts in Switzerland, Austria and France. Each pass also secures six Ski With A Friend discount passes so you don’t have to go solo every time. At $US729 the pass pays for itself in just six days.

European charm is included in the price of your Epic Pass. Photo: Vail Resorts

Unlimited Access (no blackout dates):

  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek
  • Breckenridge
  • Keystone
  • Canyons
  • Heavenly
  • Northstar
  • Kirkwood
  • Afton Alps
  • Mt Brighton
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Eldora

Five Days Access to:

  • Verbier, Switzerland
  • Arlberg, Austria (St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben, Zuers and Lech)
  • Les 3 Vallees, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle)

Pass variations are offered for skiers not expecting to ski all resorts (such as the Tahoe Local and Summit Local passes) or
in off-peak times (such as the Epic Local Pass).

Powder-a-plenty at Mountain Collective Resorts. Photo: AltaThe Mountain Collective 

The Mountain Collective pass is brilliant for advanced skiers who want to mix things up. It particularly suits skiers who take several weekend trips to different resorts during the season. There’s no full-season pass associated with any of the resorts, instead it includes two days’ skiing at some great resorts (12 days in total) and 50% off all additional days with no blackout dates. All of the resorts are independently owned and are some of the most extreme resorts in the US. Pass numbers are limited so get in fast before they’re all gone.

The Mountain Collective Resorts:

Two days at each with 50% off all additional days at (no blackout days):

  • Alta/Snowbird
  • Aspen Snowmass
  • Jackson Hole
  • Mammoth
  • Whistler Blackcomb
  • Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
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