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Editor’s Note: As the Mountain Collective Pass is a quantity based sale, the $399 price point has sold out as well as the $1.00 children’s price point. Tickets are of limited quantity and prices are subject to change. The pass is currently available for purchase at $429 per adult and $99 per child.

The 2017-18 Mountain Collective Pass touts “16 Dream Destinations. Two Days at Each.” This multi-resort ski lift pass sounds grand, but unless you spend the winter driving in an RV across the country, the logistics of skiing two days at multiple destinations seem impractical.

However, the real benefits of the pass are actually in the finer print and if you do the math, you may find that the Mountain Collective pass is indeed worth it, especially for families.

Benefits of the Mountain Collective Pass

Passholders receive half off the single-day window rate for additional days at The Collective destinations. Plus, by purchasing the pass early during this spring, a third day is added at the destination of your choice.

Considering those additional factors, it is easy to come out ahead in many scenarios. The pass can pay for itself or even translate to savings on a single week-long trip to one destination. Once the pass has more than paid for itself on the first trip, the savings on a second and third trip with the pass really add up.

Although the four ski areas of Aspen/Snowmass and the two areas of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows are each considered one “destination,” passholders can take advantage of geographic proximity in a couple of other instances. The pass offers two days each at Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin in Utah. Lake Louise and Sunshine Village are also considered different “destinations” with two days each, even though they are both close to Banff, Canada.

Crunching The Numbers

Let’s look at some situations and crunch the numbers. The comparison numbers are based on 2016-17 regular-season lift tickets bought online in advance. The Mountain Collective Pass that does not have any blackout dates would come out even more ahead during holiday peak rate periods. Also, the traditional 2017-18 lift-ticket prices will most likely be a bit higher.

Scenario 1: Six days at Jackson Hole for one adult

Single adult plans to ski at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for six days. When buying the Mountain Collective Pass, the skier chooses Jackson Hole for the bonus third day.
The $399 price point has sold out as well as the $1.00 children’s price point. The pass is currently available for purchase at $429 per adult and $99 per child.

Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass (3 days): $399
50% Single-day Window Rate ($65 x 3 days): $195
Total: $594

 

Traditional
6-day Lift Ticket: $611
Total: $611
Savings: $17

Scenario 2: Six days at Jackson Hole for family of four

Family of four (two adults and two children ages 12 and under) plans to ski at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for six days and choose that resort for their bonus third days.

Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 1): $399
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 2): $399
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 1): $1
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 2): $1
Other 3 days 50% Window Rate (Family): $630
Total: $1,430
Traditional
6-day Lift Ticket (adult): $611
6-day Lift Ticket (adult): $611
6-day Lift Ticket (junior): $371
6-day Lift Ticket (junior): $371
Total: $1,964
Savings: $534
Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 1): $429
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 2): $429
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 1): $99
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 2): $99
Other 3 days 50% Window Rate (Family): $630
Total: $1,686
Traditional
6-day Lift Ticket (adult): $611
6-day Lift Ticket (adult): $611
6-day Lift Ticket (junior): $371
6-day Lift Ticket (junior): $371
Total: $1,964

Scenario 3: Six days in SLC for one adult

Single adult plans to ski in the Salt Lake City area for a total of six days— two days each at Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin.

Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass: $399
Total: $399

 

Traditional
Alta 2-day Lift Ticket: $189
Snowbird 2-day Lift Ticket: $212
Snowbasin 2-day Lift Ticket: $188
Total: $589
Savings: $190
Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass: $429
Total: $429
Traditional
Alta 2-day Lift Ticket: $189
Snowbird 2-day Lift Ticket: $212
Snowbasin 2-day Lift Ticket: $188
Total: $589

Scenario 4: Six days in SLC for family of four

Family of four plans to ski in the Salt Lake City area for a total of six days— two days each at Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin.

Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 1): $399
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 2): $399
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 1): $1
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 2): $1
Total: $800
Traditional
Alta 2-day Lift Tickets (Family): $572
Snowbird 2-day Lift Tickets (Family): $628
Snowbasin 2-day Lift Tickets (Family): $576
Total: $1776
Savings: $976
Mountain Collective
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 1): $429
Mountain Collective Pass (Parent 2): $429
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 1): $99
Mountain Collective Pass (Child 2): $99
Total: $1,056
Traditional
Alta 2-day Lift Tickets (Family): $572
Snowbird 2-day Lift Tickets (Family): $628
Snowbasin 2-day Lift Tickets (Family): $576
Total: $1776

Savings: $720

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