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Sun Valley joins Aspen and other resorts in Mountain Collective

Staff report

Another classic ski resort has joined the marketing partnership known as the Mountain Collective for the 2015-16 season.

Sun Valley joins Aspen-Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Alta-Snowbird, Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Ski Banff-Lake Louise, Mammoth Mountain and Whistler-Blackcomb in the alliance that sells a joint ski pass.

The resorts announced Tuesday that a limited number of Mountain Collective passes are now available for sale for next season for $369. It’s good for two days of skiing at each of the eight destinations. The four ski areas operated by Aspen Skiing Co. count as one destination, so a pass buyer has two lift tickets to the slopes.

Purchasers this spring will also get another bonus day at the resort of their choice, while supplies last. They will also receive two free days at Valle Nevado, Chile for this summer. Valle Nevado is one of the premiere resorts in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Mountain Collective Pass also provides a 50 percent discount on all additional days at all the participating resorts. The kids’ pass is $99 for 2015-16.

The Mountain Collective is designed to compete with Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass. That pass is good at the 12 resorts the company owns plus six partners in Japan, Switzerland and France.

The Mountain Collective adds prestige by adding Sun Valley to the mix. Sun Valley became the country’s first pure destination resort when it opened in 1936. It brings 2,000 acres of skiing on Bald and Dollar Mountain to the mix.

“It doesn’t get more iconic than Sun Valley and they’re the perfect complement to the most incredible lineup of destinations on one pass ever assembled. With more mountains, the same low price and a bonus third day this spring, there’s never been a better time to join the Mountain Collective,” said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Co., in a prepared statement.

All told, the Mountain Collective Pass provides access to 15 mountains with more than 40,500 acres of terrain and 225 chairlifts.

The Mountain Collective can be purchased at http://www.MountainCollective.com or by calling 800-705-6286.


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