For skiers who dream of traveling, connecting the dots between some of world’s most sought after ski resorts, it needs to be top of mind to join the Mountain Collective heading into next winter. Providing access to 16 bucket list ski destinations, the Mountain Collective pass offers skiers two days with no blackout restrictions for a total of 32 days chock full of taking turns on more than 55,530 acres of terrain and 2,545 trails accessible by 359 different lifts. To add even more stoke, Mountain Collective pass holders also receive one additional day at any resort of their choosing, as well as 50% off additional lift tickets purchased at mountains associated with the season pass offering.
Topping it all off is the latest addition to the Collective Pass roster—Big Sky, Montana. Located in southern Montana between Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park, the ski resort boasts “Biggest Skiing in America” with nearly 6,000 acres of skiable terrain and an average 4,350-foot vertical drop. Located just an hour’s drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, arriving at Big Sky—amongst some of the biggest mountains in the Rockies—is one of the easiest door-to-door ski trips out there.
For freeskiers seeking to push their limits within the boundary line, Big Sky offers true big-mountain and couloir skiing just off of its Lone Peak aerial tram, marking the summit of its namesake at 11,166 feet above sea level. While avalanche danger is mitigated by some of the top patrollers in North America, don’t be fooled: this is big time skiing.
Trails like the 50-degree Big Couloir—which runs uninterrupted for 1,400 vertical feet off the top of the Lone Peak Tram; the many wide open chutes off the Headwaters double chair; and the seemingly endless groomers found in every direction from the top of the Challenger triple chair, are must-skis the next time you’re in town.
Following suit with the rest of the Mountain Collective ski destinations, including Alta, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak – The Remarkables, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Revelstoke, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Snowbasin, Sugarbush, Sun Valley, Taos, and Thredbo, Big Sky provides its visitors with a tight-knit community, culture rooted in the mountains and plenty of snow to write home about—an annual average of 400 inches, to be clear.
Hit the Headwaters Grille for handmade Montana Wagyu burgers, sourced from a ranch just down the road from Big Sky, for an on-hill lunch break before an afternoon of powder hounding. And once you’re done skiing your petooties off for the day, there’s Montana Jack, which has a beer draft that never dries up and provides the perfect spot for an après-ski beverage, plus a delicious pub menu that’ll satisfy the hungriest of skiers.
By joining the Mountain Collective pass, Big Sky just made the daunting season pass purchase that much clearer for the travel-focused skier. Located within a few hours drive from all-time locations such as Jackson Hole, WY and Sun Valley, ID, it’s now more seamless than ever to plan a Rocky Mountain road trip, or hop between unique, world-class resorts within a single ski season. So, grab your buds, throw that gear in the truck and check off Big Sky, as well as 15 other ski destinations, on your way to lift-accessed, ski-adventuring glory next winter.
Mountain Collective passes are currently on sale at an amazingly discounted price—only $409 for the 18/19 Winter Season. Purchase a Mountain Collective pass this Spring to receive a bonus day at a destination of your choice and kids’ passes for just $1.