Shred 6 of our favorite ski destinations with The Mountain Collective pass

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Earlier this year, The Mountain Collective sent tremors throughout the ski industry with the addition of three iconic resorts to its already stacked roster of destinations. In addition to Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, the pass now includes Snowbird, Mammoth Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb. Passholders enjoy two lift tickets at each of the six destinations (Aspen/Snowmass, Alta/Snowbird and Squaw/Alpine each being one destination) without the fear of dreaded blackout dates. Additional lift tickets at each resort are available for 50% off when you’ve used up the initial two tickets.

With the pass, skiers have access to a total of 30,376 acres of terrain serviced by 186 chairlifts. Passholders also enjoy 2,578+ inches of annual snowfall that blankets 1,281 trails. And since traveling is needed to reach the full potential of this pass, The Mountain Collective and participating resorts offer exclusive lodging rates at up to 25% off normal price.

The Mountain Collective pass goes back on sale today, August 13, so we thought we’d dish some love to the Collective resorts—some of our favorite places to shred.

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So pitted. Whistler Blackcomb, beneath the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

For starters, it’s important to remember how the Collective resorts stack up in the 2013 Freeskier Resort Guide. The Mountain Collective features seven of the top 10 overall resorts, two of the top five for lift accessed backcountry, three of the top five powder havens, two of the top five for steep skiing, four of the top five ski airports and two of the top five party towns.

More specifically, here’s what we love about each:

Alta/Snowbird

Wasatch neighbors Alta and Snowbird came in at number three in our top five powder havens in the 2013 Freeskier Resort Guide, and for good reason; the ski areas each average over 500 inches of blower Utah powder each season. Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, both are situated about 30 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, making it easy to fly in, and be charging the steep, challenging terrain in under an hour.

Aspen/Snowmass

“A place where the beer flows like wine…” Aspen/Snowmass was the number two overall resort in the 2013 Freeskier Resort Guide and is the locale that plays host to #freeskierfest each year. Why? Aspen/Snowmass consists of four mountains and a combined 5,500 acres of skiable terrain that averages over 300 inches of annual snowfall. Aspen also boasts top-notch nightlife (our number two party town in 2013), luxury lodging options and with the number four ranking for terrain parks, it’s no wonder why Aspen/Snowmass is home to the Winter X Games on Buttermilk each year.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had its fingerprints all over our 2013 Resort Guide, ranked number one for lift accessed backcountry and steep skiing, the number five powder haven, the number two ski airport and number four overall resort. JHMR provides access to over 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain as well as backcountry gates that open up an additional 3,000+ acres for those looking for the goods beyond the resort boundaries. Throw in 450+ inches of average annual snowfall and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet and you’ve got one of the premier ski resorts in North America.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain was the seventh overall resort in our 2013 Resort Guide and is home to the highest summit of any California ski resort at 11,053 feet. The resort provides 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, averages over 400 inches of annual snowfall, and 300 days of sunshine each year. Garnering a number five ranking for terrain parks in our Resort Guide, it’s no wonder Mammoth is featured in epic park shoots year after year.

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

The recent partnership between former Lake Tahoe rivals allows skiers access to over 6,000 acres of world-class terrain. Both resorts offer stellar lift accessed backcountry (as evidenced by a number three ranking in our Resort Guide). The tandem receives over 450 inches of average annual snowfall and is known for its raucous terrain, just some of the reasons why skiers like Ingrid Backstrom, Cody Townsend, the late, great Shane McConkey and C.R. Johnson have called it their home resort. [One of the most challenging hike-to lines at Squaw is named McConkey's, and gives butterflies to even the best skiers. Shane also created a game that Squaw locals and visitors all play called G.N.A.R., featuring a point based system that rewards you for getting radder than your friends.]

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb was the number one overall resort in the 2013 Freeskier Resort Guide and is consistently regarded as one of, if not the best destination resort in North America. Together, Whistler and Blackcomb combine for 8,171 acres of skiable terrain. Four hundred and sixty two inches of average annual snowfall blanket these slopes that range from wide-open bowls and gnarly cliff bands to top-to-bottom groomers and meticulously crafted terrain parks. The village is always ripe for a good time, as evidenced by a number one party town ranking in our Resort Guide.

The pass will be available at $379 for adults and $239 for children ages 12 and under. Pricing is subject to change and pass is available in limited quantities. For more information, or to purchase the pass, visit mountaincollective.com.

Related: The Mountain Collective announces innovative partnership with Protect Our Winters