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What is the M.A.X. Pass? -- 22 participating resorts for the 2015/2016 ski season:

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What is the M.A.X. Pass?  https://www.themaxpass.com/

The Multi Alpine Experience (M.A.X.) Pass is a brand new, groundbreaking ski pass giving access to 22 mountains all over North America for you and anyone you consider family. Because families come in all shapes and sizes, right? M.A.X. Passholders will get 5 days of skiing or riding at each of the 22 participating resorts for the 2015/2016 ski season:

  • Blue Mountain, Ontario
  • Mont Tremblant, Quebec
  • Stratton, VT
  • Steamboat, CO
  • Snowshoe, WV
  • Winter Park, CO
  • Loon Mountain, NH
  • Sugarloaf, ME
  • Sunday River, ME
  • Boyne Highland, MI
  • Boyne Mountain, MI
  • Big Sky, MT
  • Brighton, UT
  • Crystal Mountain, WA
  • Cypress Mountain, B.C.
  • Summit at Snoqualmie, WA
  • Killington, VT
  • Pico Mountain, VT
  • Copper Mountain, CO
  • Mt. Bachelor, OR
  • Boreal Mountain, CA
  • Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard, NV

 There are no blackout days on this ski pass, so you can hit the slopes whenever you want, however you want. Take a long weekend trip, hit the slopes for a single day, or take one long winter vacation. Guests who purchase the M.A.X. Pass can ski 5 days at each of the 22 participating ski resorts, for a total of 110 days of skiing at North America’s premier mountain destinations.

post #2 of 24
So, if you've got an RV, you might think it's a great deal. But there's not enough in any one region to suck off their pass sales. It only makes sense if you'd otherwise pay these ridiculous $100 window prices.
post #3 of 24

I think it's a great East Coast pass if you're planning on going to at least one of the Western resorts.

post #4 of 24
You're right, now that I think of the size of the states there. The five day limit is the big problem in the west.

Sort of perfect for those New England intermediates who can't make up their minds where to go out west as they have fewer options to worry about.. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 24

It works for crazies like me that would fly to these places.  I was hoping it would be in the 400-500$ range but $699 is the deal. 

post #6 of 24
Really? It saves you money over Liftopia?
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Really? It saves you money over Liftopia?

 

In my 2 trips out West, Liftopia has been anywhere from $50 (Grand Targhee weekday) to $85 (Copper weekend).  If you can get 15 days off this (10 at home and a 5 day trip out West), you're at $47/day.  Anything more is even less per day.

post #8 of 24

Obviously designed to "compete" or as an alternative to a very successful MCP, this pass is actually not a bad deal. It is little bit more upfront money than MCP. Somebody from Midwest (me) if skiing in Colorado (three fine resorts on MAX) and with few weekend trips to Boyne cost is about  $37 daily. Similar cost for 15 days on MCP (Aspen/Alta/Jackson). It comes to personal preference of resorts offered. Very small percentage of MCP buyers actually use all of their tickets.

I still think that MCP is good pass for Western based people that can take few "road" trips. This is interesting alternative for people from the middle of the country who can afford to take two week long trips to Colorado and/or Vermont. Either way - glad to see deals like this being offered and with some clever planning can make skiing in the US more affordable again.

post #9 of 24

It's nice to see the competetion.   I like the direct to lift component and wish the MCP could put that in their pass.

There are a few gems on the MAX.   But as far as the quality of the resorts on the whole, it's not even close.

post #10 of 24

I just don't see how this competes with an Epic Pass, and I find the value pretty questionable.  The problem as I see it is the skier buying this probably also needs to buy an additional season pass somewhere.

 

On the other hand, a skier buying a $770 epic pass has also purchased their season pass, and for most, the Epic Pass investment covers their lift tickets costs for the season.

 

I could see this making more sense if:

 

1. The price was lower like MCP.

2. It piggybacked onto existing season pass products like Powder Alliance.

3. You could specify a mountain as your home mountain where one would get unlimited days.

 

Otherwise, it appeals to a very limited section of people.

post #11 of 24

Looks like an expansion of the Intrawest Passport (Tremblant, etc.) to include Boyne resorts (Big Sky, etc.) and a few others.  The URL for the Intrawest Passport re-directs to TheMAXPass.

 

The Add-ons make it more interesting for families or a group of friends who do ski trips together.  Key is that added adults do not have to be family members.

 

Guests that have purchased a qualifying season pass listed below are eligible to purchase the M.A.X. Pass Add-On.

  • M.A.X. Pass Adult Add-On (ages 18 and up): $249 USD
  • M.A.X. Pass Teen Add-On (ages 13-17):  $199 USD
  • M.A.X. Pass Youth Add-On (ages 6-12): $149 USD
  • M.A.X. Pass Child Add-On (ages 5 years and under): $29 USD
post #12 of 24

That piggyback option is available to any season pass holder of one of the participating mountains.

 

From an East Coast point of view, it's a very strong offering.  Not a no-brainer, but definitely worth consideration depending on where you live and where you want to ski.

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by St Bear View Post
 

That piggyback option is available to any season pass holder of one of the participating mountains.

 

From an East Coast point of view, it's a very strong offering.  Not a no-brainer, but definitely worth consideration depending on where you live and where you want to ski.

The max add-on is only available to qualifying season passes, not all passholders at participating mountains qualify.  Qualifying passes listed about halfway down this page:

https://www.themaxpass.com/faqs

post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by St Bear View Post
 

That piggyback option is available to any season pass holder of one of the participating mountains.

 

From an East Coast point of view, it's a very strong offering.  Not a no-brainer, but definitely worth consideration depending on where you live and where you want to ski.

 

Well, it makes more sense to see that it is available as an add-on instead of merely a standalone product that gives you 5 days at the listed resorts- many of which are not exactly prime destinations like the MCP.

 

Getting to pay $250 on top of say, a $470 RMSP to build in days to travel is a lot easier to justify, and it makes the pass a lot more in character with an Epic Pass.

 

This is where I feel obliged to plug the Silverton Unguided Pass. $200 gets you Silverton access during the unguided season (Mid-December to early Jan and April) 5 days each at Monarch, A-Basin, and Taos.

post #15 of 24
I'd like to see more east/west combined offerings like this.. Wish mcp would add something like stowe
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

 

Getting to pay $250 on top of say, a $470 RMSP to build in days to travel is a lot easier to justify, and it makes the pass a lot more in character with an Epic Pass.

 

RMSP/RMSP+ do not qualify for the add-on price.

post #17 of 24

If this prompts Vail to add an EC resort, it'll be well worth it.

post #18 of 24

As a Sunday River skier who generally makes 2 or 3 trips a season to Killington, $249 extra makes sense, particularly when you include all the other options.  We'd definitely use a few days at Pico and Stratton and maybe Mt. Tremblant. Plus a Colorado trip combining Winter Park and Steamboat becomes cheaper.

post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

I could see this making more sense if:

 

1. The price was lower like MCP.

2. It piggybacked onto existing season pass products like Powder Alliance.

 

Their website includes the option to add on the MAX pass (minus your home resort) to qualifying passes for $249 per adult. I think it ends up at a higher price point than most of the Powder Alliance passes, but it still might make a lot of sense for someone who would get a pass at one of these areas anyway, and is likely to do one or two trips farther away. I definitely think it's geared more toward east-coast/Michigan skiers, but it might work out for at least some westerners.

 

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Looks like an expansion of the Intrawest Passport (Tremblant, etc.) to include Boyne resorts (Big Sky, etc.) and a few others.  The URL for the Intrawest Passport re-directs to TheMAXPass.

 

Intrawest + Boyne + Powdr (except for Soda Springs, and not including Snowbird, which is held privately by the Cummings family rather than through their Powdr).

 

Living in Utah, this just doesn't give me enough value to justify the cost--although if the MAX folks could convince Snowbird to come on board, it might be a game changer for me.

post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by New2Utah View Post
 
Living in Utah, this just doesn't give me enough value to justify the cost--although if the MAX folks could convince Snowbird to come on board, it might be a game changer for me.

Alta/Snowbird is part of the Mountain Collective Pass (MCP).  Don't see that changing any time soon.

 

Snowbasin is part of the Powder Alliance.

 

PCMR/Canyons (or whatever it's going to be called) is part of the Epic Pass.

 

Brighton is part of the MAX Pass.  Too bad Boyne couldn't make the purchase of Solitude happen.

 

No question that the decision process is very different for someone who lives in the northeast (including eastern Canada) or the flatlands of the midwest or southeast compared to someone who lives within day trip driving distance of North American big mountain skiing.

post #21 of 24

Looks like they've added Solitude, Alyeska, and Wachusett for 2016-2017: https://www.themaxpass.com/. The combination of 5 days at Brighton and 5 days at Solitude, in particular, makes this a whole lot more competitive for anyone who will be spending a chunk of time in Utah next winter!

post #22 of 24

The Max Pass became a better pass for Northeast/Boston area skiers.  The addition of Wachusett is a nice perk.  But now they are competing with the Peaks Pass http://www.peakpass.com/ in the Northeast, which is arguably a sweater option starting at $499 for 7 Northeast mountains with 11 blackouts (except no blackouts at Crotched Mt) or $599 for an Unlimited pass.  I was eyeing the Max Pass, but the Peaks Pass and its lower price, convenient $99 down with 3 easy payments, $60 pass for our 6 year old, and unlimited spring skiing this season sealed the deal for our family.  We already got 7 days on the pass this spring so down to $71/ticket thus far. 

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At $299 I'd think about it...
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