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Mountain Collective Pass adds partner

Two ski resorts close to Aspen’s sister city of Queenstown, New Zealand, have joined the Mountain Collective ski pass as full partners for the 2016-17 season, the collective announced Tuesday.

The addition of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski resorts means the Mountain Collective has partners in four countries and affiliates in three more. The Mountain Collective includes Alta and Snowbird, Utah; Aspen Snowmass, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, New Zealand; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Mammoth Mountain, California; Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Canada; Stowe, Vermont; Sun Valley, Idaho; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California; Taos, New Mexico; Thredbo, Australia; and Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada. The Global Affiliate resorts include Chamonix, France; Hakuba Valley, Japan; and Valle Nevado, Chile.

A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $379. The Mountain Collective Pass includes two days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the 12 partner destinations plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. For a limited time, pricing for the kids pass (ages 12 and younger) is just $1 for the 2016-17 season when purchased this spring with an adult pass.

In addition, spring pass purchasers receive one bonus day at the destination of their choice and two additional days at the Global Affiliate Resorts.

All told, the pass provides access to 51,000 acres of terrain and more than 450 lifts. More information is at

Snowsurfing and river restoration in spotlight

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will host Jordan Curet speaking on “Japanuary: Snowsurfing the Hills of Hokkaido” as its Potbelly Perspective tonight.

Curet, a photojournalist, has visited the Hills of Hokkaido several times with her camera to capture the moments that make them so unique. In the average January, the slopes receive more snow than any other ski area in the world.

The Potbelly Perspective series is held every Wednesday at Hallam Lake in Aspen at 7 p.m. The presentation is free for ACES members and $5 for non-members.

In addition, ACES will team with Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon to host Naturalist Nights this week in Carbondale and Aspen.

The Naturalist Nights presentation this week will be “From Cottonwoods to Cut Banks: Is River Restoration Working in the Desert Southwest?” The presentation by Shannon Hatch, restoration coordinator at the Tamarisk Coalition, will be at the Third Street Center in Carbondale today at 5:30 p.m., and at Hallam Lake in Aspen on Thursday at 7 p.m. The presentation is free.

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