The Mountain Collective Pass is now on sale for the 2014-15 season
The Mountain Collective Pass just went on sale for the 2014/15 season, its third season in existence. The Mountain Collective includes two days of skiing at 13 of the world’s finest ski resorts, including 50% off lift tickets after you’ve used up your two days. Of the 13 resorts listed on the Mountain Collective, six of them were ranked in the top 10 overall resorts from our 2014 Resort Guide. If purchased today, Mountain Collective holders are guaranteed the lowest price of $359 for adults, and a miniscule $99 for kids.
Whistler Blackcomb was the top overall resort in Freeskier’s 2014 Resort Guide. Whistler took home the top spot thanks in large part to its 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, 462 inches of average annual snowfall, 5,280 feet of vert (Blackcomb), 200+ marked trails, 16 bowls, endless backcountry and incredibly long season. Whistler Blackcomb also came in with the number six terrain park in North America, our number two aprés spot and the number one resort in North America for nightlife.
The Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Paul Morrison/Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb
Aspen/Snowmass came in as the number two overall resort in North America in our 2014 Resort Guide. Aspen/Snowmass is comprised of four separate mountains, Buttermilk, Ajax, Highlands and Snowmass, that each has a different flavor. In addition, Aspen’s aprés scene was the third ranked in all of North America, and the nightlife isn’t too shabby either, ranking in at number two overall.
Skiing above the town of Aspen. Courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass.
Jackson Hole, the powder king of the Northern Rockies, was the number three overall resort in our 2014 Resort Guide. Its 4,139 feet of vert, endless steep terrain, deep blower powder and infinite backcountry access are just a few of the reasons Jackson ended up in the top three. Throw in a number one ranking in the steeps category, and Jackson Hole should be on any expert skier’s bucket list.
Dropping into Corbet’s Couloir. Courtesy of Jackson Hole.
Neighboring resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer some of the best terrain in all of the Lake Tahoe region. Squaw/Alpine ranked in as the number four overall resort in our 2014 Resort Guide, thanks to the 43 lifts, 6000+ acres of skiable terrain and 450 inches of average annual snowfall between them.
KT-22. Matt Palmer/Courtesy of Squaw Valley.
AltaSnowbird, located in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon, ranked in as our number five overall resort this year, but the duo of Wasatch resorts came in as the number one resort for powder. AltaSnowbird is graced with over 500 inches of average annual snowfall, which blankets some of the steepest terrain in all of Utah.
Looking down upon Alta. Courtesy of Alta Ski Area.
Mammoth Mountain, located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, was our seventh overall resort in this year’s Resort Guide. Vast terrain options combined with one of the country’s longest ski seasons and a number five overall ranking in the terrain park department make Mammoth one of North America’s premier ski resorts.
The awesome terrain at Mammoth Mountain. Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain.
This year, the Mountain Collective has added two days of skiing at Australia’s Thredbo Alpine Village and Chile’s Valle Nevado. Thredbo and Valle Nevado are two of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier resort destinations, and offer Mountain Collective holders a chance to ski year-round.
New for this year, if you buy the Mountain Collective this spring, you’ll get a third day of skiing at any of the Mountain Collective resorts. If two days of awesome shredding at any of the participating resorts just isn’t enough, you now have the option for a third day.
About the author:
Donny O'Neill hails from the mystical, faraway land of New Hartford, CT. When he's not in the mountains searching for Big Foot, he's the Associate Editor here at Freeskier.