It seems in this day and age, a season pass that offers you nothing more than access to a single mountain is a rarity.
Wolf Creek has that pass. For $683 this year, you get access to a mountain with ~450" of snow a year, with about 225,000 visitors, and a management team that will open up the whole mountain the instant there is white stuff on it. It is a great deal for the experience one gets, but it stands out that one gets nothing else.
A Wolf Creek pass gets you a $5 Colorado Search and Rescue get out of jail free card with purchase (If you need SAR, you will not have to foot the bill). Unofficially, you also get privileges at Discovery Ski Area in MT, because the ski areas are owned by the same family. But this is not advertised, and if I ever try to use it, I am relying on the word of one of the owners.
For the past three seasons, I have also purchased an additional season pass for the extra ski days someplace else. In a perfect world, I wouldn't have to buy that extra pass, because I had some partner days built in. But alas...
So, I am curious-
1. How much do additional benefits of our season pass matter to you and influence your buying decision? Stuff like partner days, earlier access to lifts, discounts, etc.
2. Of those benefits that made you pull the trigger, be honest. How many of those benefits do you actually use? A lot of passes, like the Monarch pass and Powder Alliance passes, include a tons of days all over the US, but in reality, a tiny percentage of people use any more than a fraction of those.