Just as you start reaping the rewards of spring skiing, and rationalizing your per day ski price on this season’s pass, ski resorts start pushing next year’s pass. But the reality remains, the earlier you buy — the better the deal.
Here are the latest multiple ski mountain passes for next winter, fresh out this week, at early purchase discounts:
An all new M.A.X. Pass is a cool conglomerate of 22 ski resorts for 2015-16 for $699. You get five days at each mountain, which is 110 days if you ski them all.
The MAX pass gives you access to New England ski resorts like Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon, and Stratton, as well as western resorts such as Big Sky, Brighton, and Steamboat. There are no blackout dates, and with a $49 down payment this spring you can lock up this versatile vertical deal. If you like to travel, this pass is perfect. It includes 22 impressive ski resorts. I’ve listed some of the big guns here, but you’ll find the rest on the MAX ski resort list. It’s a good value at under $700, which includes 30 ski days in New England.
I’m a fan of the New England Pass with unlimited skiing at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon, plus free ski days at Big Sky and Brighton. If you buy your New England Pass for next year now (Gold Unlimited is $999) you can ski free from March 16 to the end of this ski season which extends to May 2 at Sunday River, and it’s surely going to be a late date at the Loaf too. And, get this, you can add on the MAX pass for $249 (see above) for 5 days at each of the other 19 ski resorts.
Another cool western ski pass (next year the west should have better snow), The Mountain Collective Pass is $369 for 16 days at these eight top ski resorts: Alta/Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Sun Valley, Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, and Whistler Blackcomb. After your two days at each ski resort, you can purchase additional days at 50 percent off.
Of course, The Epic Pass by Vail Resorts continues to be – well — epic at $769 for unlimited skiing at its top ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, and California. After all, a one day ticket at Vail is $159. The $769 Epic Pass is for purchase by April 12, and is good at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood. It has no blackout dates. The Epic Local Pass has limitations but is only $579.
So go skiing this spring and amortize that pass investment as much as humanly possible.
See you on the slopes.
By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent, Photos by Greg Burke