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Power Pass 7-Pack All Spruced-Up For The Season

ABowl-Cover The experience at Power Pass' 8 mountains got burnished this summer in hopes of a snowy winter in the Southwest Rockies. (Arizona Snowbowl/Facebook)

New trails, new lodging, and plenty of on-mountain upgrades mark the start of the 2021-22 ski and snowboard season for the seven resorts on the Power Pass.

With recent acquisitions in Utah, Mountain Capital Partners has solidified its preeminence in the mountains of the Southwest. The full-on Power Pass allows unlimited skiing and riding at all mountains, with a variety of pared-down options for home-hill lovers, weekday-ers, kids, and oldsters.

And, as it has been for the past five seasons, all youngsters through age 12 get their own free Power Pass Kids to ski and 'board on all MCP mountains. Plus, pass holders receive three free days at Colorado's Copper Mountain, Loveland and Monarch, and Utah's Sundance.

Southern Utah's Brian Head -- the newest resort in the combine -- has its first resort lodging. The Best Western hotel about a half-mile from the base now is under Brian Head management. Lift tickets cost less the farther out they are bought online.

Up north in Utah, Nordic Valley has cut two new black diamond trails off the upper mountain Nordic Express and reopened two lower-mountain blacks. Crews put in 9,000 more feet of snowmaking pipes. Eighty percent of the mountain is lit for night skiing, six days a week.

At Arizona Snowbowl, there's more deck seating and amenities at the Hart Prairie Lodge on the lower mountain. The nearest lodging at access road has a new name with 26 upgraded rooms and a new restaurant.

Day-trip mountains Sipapu, Hesperus and Pajarito are standing pat this season. Snowboarders favorite Sipapu hosts renowned Cardboard Derby and snow castle contests in February. Hesperus regulars know they have to wait for natural snow, but night skiing remains a local favorite. Pajarito's families await snowfall, too.

Flagship Purgatory worked to put muscle and dependability back into high-speed Lifts 1 and 3 with new motors and drives. New groomers and overhaul of snowmaking system will be welcomed by corduroy lovers.


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