Mountain Collective — The big news for the new season is that four of the most famous independent resorts in the west have partnered to sell a combination ticket that offers two days of skiing or riding at each one, for $349, $229 for children, plus unlimited discounts once the days are used. The new Mountain Collective unites Alta, Utah; Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe. Collectively, the pass offers more than 100 lifts and 16,000 acres of terrain for all levels. Each mountain is different — yet similar. All four have excellent children’s ski school programs, modern high speed lifts, terrain that ranges from gentle cruisers to adrenalin charged steeps and chutes, and accommodations and restaurants that range from casual to high end. I’ve skied at each one, but please don’t ask me which is my favorite. They all are.
Rocky Mountain Super Pass — this pass gives you unlimited access to both Winter Park and Copper Mountain. Purchase by November 12th for $439, and get two additional FREE tickets to share with friends. I love skiing Mary Jane at Winter Park, and usually head right up to Spaulding Bowl at Copper.
Whistler Blackcomb — Often rated #1 in North America by skiers, book before November 15th to get discounted airfare, deals on rental equipment and more. Rates are from $96 per night for five nights, including a four-day lift ticket. Additional deal — kids stay, ski and rent FREE all season. Be sure to take the Peak2Peak gondola between the two mountains. Blackcomb is usually less crowded than Whistler.
Find hotel deals in ski/snowboard resorts and elsewhere on the ecoXplorer Daily Deals Round-up page
photo courtesy Ski Utah
Read ecoXplorer Evelyn Kanter’s article on What’s New for Ski Season in the November 2012 issue of Chicago Life magazine.