Two ski resorts join Mountain Collective ski pass program |

Two ski resorts join Mountain Collective ski pass program

Staff report

Two more iconic ski resorts have joined a lineup of destinations unified through a special ski pass program that includes Aspen Skiing Co.

Taos and Stowe announced Tuesday that they will join the Mountain Collective for the 2015-16 season. Stowe is the first resort in the eastern U.S. to join the program. Taos offers diverse skiing in a unique setting.

Aspen Skiing Co. was one of the founding members of the collective prior to the 2011-12 season. The collective pass is good for two days of skiing or snowboarding at the partner resorts: Alta-Snowbird, Aspen-Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise, Stowe, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Taos, Thredbo and Whistler-Blackcomb.

Stowe offers 485 acres of skiable terrain between the inter-connected Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield. The resort brings a rich skiing history to the mix.

Taos provides an authentic, big-mountain experience that features the Kachina lift, which tops out at 12,450 feet in elevation and offers spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The pass is on sale for $399 for adults and $99 for kids 12 and younger. The pass also entitles customers to a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates.

The Mountain Collective was created in response to Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, which offers skiing at more than a dozen ski areas that it owns plus six partners in international markets.

The independent resorts responded with unparalleled cooperation to create the Mountain Collective. Resorts under the Intrawest Resorts banner also have teamed to offer a combined pass. The Mountain Collective Pass grants access to 21 mountains with more than 43,400 acres of terrain and 271 lifts.

The Epic Pass is currently selling for $769 for adults and $399 for children. It offers unlimited skiing at any member resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin plus some international partners.