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Western Multi-Mountain Passes For 2019-2020 Already On Sale

Powder-Alliance-Sugar-Bowl How many freshies can you track in a season? Find out with Power Alliance pass. (Sugar Bowl/Facebook)

With a boffo snow year all across the nation, the multi-resort season passes earned their keep in 2018-2019 as skiers and riders hop-scotched around. Now, those same passes are up for sale for next season.

In the West, choice and selection is the emphasis of season passes that allow pass-holders unlimited time on slopes owned by the season pass sponsor, and up to a week on so-called “partner resorts.”

Breckenridge is one of Epic Pass flagship resorts. (Breckenridge/Facebook)

Utah's Brighton is one of 14 resorts with unlimited runs on Ikon Pass. (Brighton/Facebook)

Industry giants Vail Resorts (Epic Pass) and Alterra Mountain (Ikon Pass) dominate the market because, collectively, they own 21 North American resorts and offer one pass for all.

Both have also decided to offer regional passes – like the Epic Local, Tahoe Local and Ikon Base – to further appeal to those who stay closer to home. Vail Resorts introduced the flexiible Epic Day Pass that covers one to seven days at Vail-owned resorts, and at a few partners.

Massive Jackson Hole highlights the seventh year of Mountain Collective. (Jackson Hole/Facebook)

Stick around the southern tier of the Rockies with Power Pass. (Arizona Snowbowl/Facebook)

Here's a recap of the others, which are currently on sale at their lowest prices:

  • The Mountain Collective appeals to skiers and riders with itchy feet. You get two free days at 16 resorts, including 11 in North America, and then half off the rack rate for additional days.
  • The Power Pass is the brainchild of Durango businessman James Coleman who, in the last five years, has bought a half dozen southern Rockies resorts. Unlimited skiing and riding at those mountains, highlighted by Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, plus a local option for four of them.
  • Buy a season pass at any of Powder Alliance's 19 member resorts and get three free weekdays at the other 18 – or half off weekend prices. They added Sugar Bowl, Loveland and Monarch to next season's roster.
  • Most exclusive and pricey is the Gold Pass from Colorado Ski Country USA, which permits unlimited skiing and riding at 22 Colorado resorts. Only 100 are issued, but it's also fully transferable to friends, family or passersby. You must apply to CSCUSA and the cost is around $3,500.
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