It's October. The air is cooling, the leaves are turning brown, you're drumming up ideas for this year's Halloween costume. And, you're itching for ski and snowboard season to finally arrive! I have gone ahead and compiled a list of season pass details at some of our country's top resorts, just to make it easy on you. If we had it our way, we would buy every pass in the West listed here and have access to over 55 resorts for less than $4,000... (excluding the Ski Utah pass and East Coast passes) Now have fun shopping!
Epic Pass (Vail Resorts) - $769 - Unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin and 5 consecutive days at Niseko United in Japan, Veribier in Switzerland, and 3 Vallees in France (restrictions apply). There are many cheaper variations to this pass, head to http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/passes/epic-pass.aspx to check it out.
Cali4nia Pass - $799 - Unlimited access to Mammoth Mountain, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and June. Head to http://www.cali4niapass.com/ for more details and to buy!
Powder Alliance Pass - $ Varies by resort - Buy an unlimited pass at one resort, get 3 free days of skiing at all of the other resorts! (Excluding Saturdays and holidays) Timberline Resort, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Angel Fire Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Bridger Bowl, China Peak, Crested Butte, Mountain High, Schweitzer, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Silver Star, Snowbasin Resort, Stevens Pass. Head to http://www.powderalliance.com/ to get a link to your home resort and see pass details.
Squaw Alpine Pass (Tahoe Super Pass) - $809 - Unlimited access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, 4 days at Sierra, 4 days at Sugar Bowl, half off other Mountain Collective resorts, 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb. http://squawalpine.com/tickets-passes/season-passes/tahoe-super-pass for details and other pass options. Also, http://mountaincollective.com/ for details on Mountain Collective resorts.
Mountain Collective Pass - $399 - 2 days at Alta or Snowbird, 2 days at Aspen or Snowmass, 2 days at Jackson Hole, 2 days at Lake Louise, Sunshine Village or Norquay, 2 days at Mammoth, 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb, and 2 days at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Also, half off additional days and no blackouts. Visit http://mountaincollective.com/ for more info and to buy!
Powdr Pass - $ varies by resort - Buy a pass to your home resort among PowdrCorp Resorts and get 3 free days of skiing at all other Powdr Resorts! Copper Mountain, Boreal, Killington, Taos, Mt. Bachelor, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Unlimited days at Grand Targhee Resort when staying at resort lodging. Go to http://www.powdr.com/resorts/ and find your resort.
Rocky Mountain Super Pass - $459 - Unlimited access to Copper Mountain and Winter Park/Mary Jane. Go to https://store.winterparkresort.com/Content/Commerce/Products/DisplayProducts.aspx?ProductGroupCode=60005&ProductCategoryCode=6661#RockyMountainSuperPass14/15 to buy. Must be a Colorado resident.
Ski Utah - $3050 - 30 days at every Utah resort... Alta, Canyons, Park City, Solitude, Beaver Mountain, Cherry Peak, Powder Mountain, Sundance, Brian Head, Eagle Point, Snowbasin, Wolf/Nordic Valley, Brighton, Deer Valley, and Snowbird. Go to http://www.skiutah.com/passes/resort-season-passes for this pass and details on passes at each individual Utah resort. Also, the Yeti Pass for $649 can get you one ticket at each Utah resort.
New England Pass - $1,085 ($359 for college students) - Unlimited access to Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Loon Mountain. Head to http://www.sugarloaf.com/pricing-and-products/season-passes to purchase.
White Mountain Super Pass - $999 - Unlimited access to Waterville Valley Resort, Brentton Woods, Cannon Resort and Cranmore Resort. All are 2.5 miles from Boston! http://www.waterville.com/trip-planning/season-passes.html for details.
Stowe Pass - $1013 - Access to Stowe Mountain Resort, holiday blackouts. http://www.stowe.com/
Stratton Summit Pass - $1299 - Unlimited access to Stratton Mountain, plus 5 days at Seamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant and Snowshoe. Head to http://www.stratton.com/lift-tickets-and-passes/stratton-season-passes.aspx for details and other pass options.
For details on East Coast resorts, go to http://mountainvertical.com/best-skiing-east-coast-snowboarding.php
Of course, restrictions can apply to each pass, visit their websites for details on pricing, prices can be different from this post, made on 10/8/2014, updated 10/23/2014.