Wondering which Colorado multi-mountain season pass to buy? Here’s a guide

March 27, 2015

Posted March 27, 2015

Update, May 2016: See our updated version of this post for 2016-2017.

Colorado skiers, you've probably noticed a decline in the quality on your favorite mountain lately. The end of the season is nigh. 

So let's set our sights on next year! (Yes, it's time to decide where you'd like to sit in traffic next winter.)

Multi-mountain passes are a great way to ski more than one mountain without breaking the bank. The biggest of those passes for the 2015-2016 season went on sale recently at early bird prices, and I've rounded them all up in one handy place.

But beware: Prices will go up soon for many of them and sellers say supplies are limited. Details are below, but for the latest price, be sure to click through to each website.Chart: Ski passes

Epic Pass

For a die-hard skier who wants access to Colorado's top-flight mountains, the Epic Pass is hard to beat. For $769 for an adult or $399 for a child, you get unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City (Utah), Heavenly (California), Northstar (California), Kirkwood (California), Afton Alps (Minnesota), and Mt. Brighton (Michigan). The price is up about $40 over last year and $80 from the year before. And they'll rise again on April 12.

For those who don't need unlimited skiing at resorts in California, consider the Epic Local Pass. Adult passes are $579, teens $459 and children $299. You'll get unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keyston, Arapahoe Basin, Afton Alps (Minnesota), and Mt. Brighton (Michigan); 10 total restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek; and limited restricted access to Park City (Utah), Heavenly (California), Northstar (California) and Kirkwood (California). 

Other options include the Summit Value Pass ($489 for adults) for those who want to stick to I-70, and the Keystone-Arapahoe Basin Pass ($299 for adults).

Rocky Mountain Super Pass

The $469 Rocky Mountain Super Pass + will get you unlimited access to Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort; six days at Steamboat Springs, three days at Crested Butte, and seven days at Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand. The price will go up $70 on April 7 though -- that'll be a $100 premium over last year's price of $439.

The standard Rocky Mountain Super Pass gives you unlimited access to Winter Park and Copper Mountain, and seven days at Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand. That $469 price is not scheduled to go up.

The new $469 Route 40 Pass gets you unlimited access at Winter Park and four days at Steamboat.

M.A.X. Pass

Aimed at vacationers, the $699 M.A.X. Pass gives you five days some of North America's biggest resorts including a few in Colorado. They are Big Sky (Montana), Blue Mountain (Pennsylvania), Boreal Mountain (California), Boyne Highland (Michigan), Boyne Mountain (Michigan), Brighton (Utah),  Copper Mountain, Crystal Mountain (Washington), Cypress Mountain (British Columbia), Killington (Vermont), Loon Mountain (New Hampshire), Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (Nevada), Mont Tremblant (Quebec), Mt. Bachelor (Oregon), Pico Mountain (Vermont), Snowshoe (West Virginia), Steamboat, Stratton (Vermont), Sugarloaf (Maine), Sunday River (Maine), The Summit at Snoqualmie (Washington), and Winter Park.

Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective Pass, like the M.A.X. Pass is targeted at travelers. For $369, you'll get two days at AltaSnowbird (Utah), Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole (Wyoming), Mammoth (California),  Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine (Alberta), Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows (California), Sun Valley (Idaho),  Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia).

Other options

If you don't need to ski a different hill each week and only plan on making a few trips each season, you might consider four packs. Winter Park, Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain and many others, are now selling lift tickets in packs of four at a fairly significant discount. These sales generally end before the next ski season begins.

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