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California Independents Make Season Pass Partnering A Priority

Partner-Mt-Baldy-Cover California's independent ski and snowboard mountains add value to their season passes with free days at partner mountains. (Mt. Baldy Images via Facebook)

Season passes for 2022-2023 are beginning to come onto the early-season market for California's 38 independently owned ski and snowboard mountains.

Price changes from the 2021-22 season for adult, non-renewal, no-blackout passes range from 0% to 20%. Most come with discounts at the resort.

Following a nationwide trend, these resorts add value by partnering up with other mountains near and far. A number add a couple of free partner days beyond the three-day-per-resort Indy Pass or the show-your-pass Powder Alliance. Here's a first-blush look at these smaller operations that have announced their own partners for 2022-2023:

At China Peak above Fresno, add $60 to the price of next season's pass and get a Powder Alliance membership for three days each at 16 mountains. Or, attach an Indy Pass for two days each at 82 resorts.

L.A. day tripper Mount Baldy has linked its season pass to an eclectic quartet of partners. Tahoe's Homewood, Las Vegas' Lee Canyon, and Colorado's Ski Cooper and guided Silverton Mountain. The key add-on is a parking pass, as Baldy charges for all parking.

In North Lake Tahoe, Sugar Bowl's season pass comes with a stout roster of partners from four different states: Three free days at Oregon's Mt. Hood Meadows; three half-price days at Utah's Powder Mountain and Montana's Whitefish; and one unguided day (March only) at Colorado's Silverton Mountain.

Up north, Mt. Shasta Ski Park's season pass has legs. First of all, it's an Indy Pass member. Next, you get three free days at Diamond Peak, Snow Valley, Snow King, Bogus Basin, Lee Canyon, and Ski Cooper. Plus, you have two free days at Bluewood in Washington, and discounted tickets at Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon.

Next season will be the last public-access one for Lake Tahoe shoreline Homewood, which is slated to go private for 2023-2024. Until then, you get unlimited time at Red Lodge in Montana.

Located right off the California border in Nevada, Tahoe-area Diamond Peak deserves mention for having one of the longest extensive partner lists for next season. A season pass means three free days at 10 resorts across seven states: Idaho's Bogus Basin and Brundage; California's Mt. Shasta, Snow Valley, and Tahoe Donner; Oregon's Mt. Ashland and Washington's Mission Ridge; Colorado's Ski Cooper; and, fellow Nevadan Lee Canyon.

In addition to being in the Powder Alliance, a season pass at Mountain High above L.A. gets unlimited weekday, non-holiday time at Dodge Ridge; and three days at neighboring Snow Valley.



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