Best for weekend warriors: Mountain Collective
The Deal Two days of skiing each at Alta/Snowbird in Utah, Whistler-Blackcomb in B.C., Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Mammoth in California, and Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado. Plus, there’s a 50 percent discount on each additional day at any of these resorts and up to 25 percent off lodging.
Pros The list above represents six of the greatest mountains in the world and there are no blackout dates. The automatic lodging discount can also come in handy for those likely to book their ski trips at the last minute.
Cons If you live near one of these mountains, a mountain-specific pass is still a better deal than the MC Pass – even if you plan on visiting another MC resort during the season. The discounts also don’t really kick in unless you visit at least two resorts in one winter. Some resorts also have blackout dates for lodging discounts.
Best for anyone who does not live near any of these mountains but does plan on visiting two or more of them during one season. If you’ve got a private jet, tend to leave the office early on Fridays, and view the West as one big powder buffet, then this is the pass for you. [$399; mountaincollective.com]
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