The Mountain Collective was created by the Aspen Skiing Co. in 2012. It was created in 2012 to help independent operators compete against Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass.
What is the Mountain Collective Ski Pass?
Mountain Collective passes are essentially lift passes bought in bulk. For a skier that plans to travel across the country skiing different slopes, a nationwide pass like this could potentially be a great deal.
In fact, if you visit one or more of the Collective’s destination resorts for at least six days, the pass will pay for itself.
While Mountain Collective passes get you discounts on additional lift ticket days and select lodging, it does not work on food or rentals.
Types of Mountain Collective Passes
The Mountain Collective only sells one type of pass, but for three age groups: Adult, Teen & Child. Their pass is good for 2 days (plus a third day at one select designation if you purchase during early bird pricing) at every one of their destinations. This pass can only be used for a maximum of 46 days per season.
The Mountain Collective pass also gets its holders a 50% discount off all other days at every one of their member resorts. There are also “special” lodging deals for passholders, where you can get up to 25% off certain stays at member resorts.
There are no blackout dates with the Mountain Collective pass.
Passholders may be required to reserve usage dates in advance at individual resorts.
This type of pass is different from unlimited nationwide offerings from EPIC and IKON. Their passes usually allow unlimited skiing at some resorts, and limited days at all others.
Learn more about Mountain Collective passes on their website.
Mountain Collective Pass Pricing
The Mountain Collective 2022-23 ski season passes went on sale March 15th, 2022.
- Adult Pass: $539 (19+)
- Teen Pass: $439 (ages 13-18)
- Child Pass: $149 (under 12)
All tickets come with a free third day of skiing at a destination of your choice for early-bird pricing instead of a discount.
Learn more about Mountain Collective’s current and historical pricing.
Alternatives to Mountain Collective
The closest alternative to Mountain Collective is the IKON pass. In fact, many of the Collectives’ resorts are also affiliated with IKON. The main difference between the two is that IKON offers many more unlimited options and has a much longer resort list.
The Mountain Collective also has the best lineup of resorts for those looking for difficult slopes to ski.
The Powder Alliance and INDY passes are set up similarly to how the Collective’s is. They also have a smaller list of participating resorts that you can use a limited amount of times.
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The table above shows statistics for North American ski resorts only. Most of the passes include ski resorts in other countries like Australia or Italy, but since we are a US-based travel company, we are focusing only on local resorts to us.
What are the Best Mountain Collective Regions?
British Columbia and Utah are tied as regions with the most resorts in the Mountain Collective pass network.
When Can You Purchase a Mountain Collective Pass?
Mountain Collective passes for the 2022/23 season went on sale March 15, 2022. Buy your passes here.
Mountain Collective passes are only available to be purchased before each ski season. You cannot wait until the season starts to buy a pass from Mountain Collective.
Most of their available ski passes are actually sold out before the season even begins. If you are planning a ski trip in January or February, more than likely you’ll have to pay full price for a lift ticket at the resort. Collective passes are usually not sold that late into the season.
Changes to the Collective for 2022-23
Sun Valley and Snowbasin will be entering the Collective for the 2022-23 season. Mammoth, Palisades Tahoe (formally Squaw Valley) and Sugarbush will be leaving the Mountain Collective for 2022-23.
List of all Mountain Collective Pass Resorts
The Mountain Collective pass includes access to some of the best slopes in the US, including Big Sky, Mammoth Mountain, and Jackson Hole.
As you can see below, some resorts are a part of more than one nationwide pass system. Not all – and in fact, most – Mountain Collective (COLL) ski resorts are exclusive to only this network. Most are shared with the much larger IKON pass.
Here is the full 2022/2033 ski resort list for the Mountain Collective Pass: