Just as frequent fliers don’t buy tickets at the airport on their way to the gate, savvy destination skiers don’t buy their day and week passes when they arrive at a resort. Planning ahead is a crucial part of keeping the cost of skiing reasonable, but thanks to a new breed of passes that provide access to multiple mountains, it doesn’t have to mean being locked into skiing the same runs day after day. Inter-mountain passes allow skiers to vary from the plan.
These programs’ value is not limited to reduced costs and increased choices. The best passes allow skiers to be flexible about timing as well. The Mountain Collective pass, for instance, allows skiers to watch the weather and make scheduling and geographic choices based on the latest snowfall. Because they have no blackout dates, these passes allow holders to react to conditions rather than putting up with them.
Here are the best passes out there for serious and savvy skiers alike.