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Western Season Passes For 2021-2022 Loaded With Extras

Pass-Monarch Resort season passes now come laden with perks, like free tickets at other resorts, discounts, preferred parking and more. (Monarch/Facebook)

The options keep on coming, as single-mountain season passes for next season have more add-ons than ever before to compete with the multi-resort mega-passes.

As such, skiers and snowboarders can buy a season ticket for one mountain, get tons of discounts there, and plan more road trips elsewhere to "partner" resorts.

Prices appear to have stayed about the same as last season. However, most ski and snowboard areas have added value to their season tickets, such as more age-group pricing, buddy passes, preferred parking >and even line-cutting. There are more weekday, specific day, short-term and blackout options, and most have some form of "assurance" if Covid again forces shutdowns.

Here's a look around the West at some of the options.

Partnering continues to be a way to keep single-mountain passes viable while acknowledging the sport's growing case of itching feet. Regional programs such as Power Pass and Powder Alliance encourage such travel.

As for independent resorts, Monarch which once had 40-plus partners, has scaled back to 19 -- all in the Rockies and within road-trip range. Loveland and Eagle Point also have 19.

Oregon's Mt. Hood Meadows added northern-tier partners Schweitzer, Whitefish and Brundage, while Washington's White Pass keeps it close home with Mission Ridge, 49 Degrees North, Bluewood and Mt. Spokane -- and reciprocal deals with each other. If you're a Powderhorn regular in Colorado but yearn to explore afar, its pass can take you West and East to Vancouver's Mt. Washington and New Hampshire's Ragged Mountain.

At Taos Ski Valley and others, buy a top-end season pass and get an Ikon Base Pass thrown in. Spend a bit more for a Sierra-at-Tahoe season pass and cut lines next season. Snowbird debuts four-day, no-blackout ticket and a 10-day transferable pass.

As for regional passes, all Power Pass resorts, kids 12 and under ski and ride for free -- the oldest age for a ski-free program in the West. Plus, a free excursion to Texas' Spider Mountain Bike Park comes with the regional pass.

While most season tickets come with summer activity discounts, in Idaho, a pre-purchased season pass at Bogus Basin or Tamarack covers all the summer fun available at either resort.

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