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Combination Midwest Ski Passes Offer A Good Value

Alpine-Valley-Ohio-Facebook Alpine Valley sunny day on the slopes. (Facebook)

A couple of ski areas near Detroit offer a popular combination season pass that benefits thousands of snowsports enthusiasts in the Motor City. Four popular Ohio ski areas grouped around the Cleveland/Akron metropolis also offer a similar season pass, again benefiting thousands.

The passes offer full benefits to the pass holder, which means that skiers and riders in the Detroit areas can visit either Pine Knob near Clarkston or Mt. Holly in nearby Holly, Michigan. The two areas are only about 15 miles apart. And, conversely, Ohio Pass holders for the four Ohio ski areas, Mad River Mountain, near Zanesfield, and the three grouped around Cleveland and Akron, Boston Mills, Brandywine, and Alpine Valley, offer the same benefit.

It more than doubles the terrain you can access for the ski season, and, let’s face it; the chance to visit multiple areas instead of skiing and riding the same set of slopes and terrain parks all winter long is a big plus. It keeps the sport fresh.

The seasonal add-on for either a Pine Knob or Mt. Holly pass is just $175. The current price for an adult season pass is $518 at either ski area until the end of October when it will go up to $546. The add-on, which gives you access to both areas, remains the same. In addition to the varied terrain, you will have access to 30-some trails, four terrain parks, 13 chairlifts, and 12 surface tows. You will get a new appreciation for the Detroit “burbs.”

The same theory applies to the new Ohio Pass, which allows you to ski and ride without any restrictions at all four of the Ohio Peak Resorts ski areas. The price for the pass is $469 for adults, $449 for those 18 to 29, and $419 for those 7-17. The pass gives you unlimited access to 45 trails and slopes, eight terrain parks, three tubing parks and 35 lifts throughout the season between the four areas.

If you’re pretty much a “stick to home” skier or snowboarder these seasonal pass opportunities are a real boon. Other pass combination offers seem to have you traveling greater distances to achieve the same thing, the opportunity to ski and ride multiple areas. This one’s close to home.

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