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Looking for unlimited season pass recommendations for northern and southern hemispheres.

post #1 of 20
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So this is my fourth year on the North American Epic Pass and I'm ready for some new mountains. I buy the Epic pass because of its amazing value - unlimited days of skiing at 10 different mountains in the USA.

 

Is there anything similar elsewhere in the world? I'm ok with traveling to other countries to ski bum around. For the past four seasons I've just been going to Colorado, Utah, and California and staying at cheap hostels or living out of my car while getting in lots of days.

 

I can't do something like a Mountain Collective pass because they limit the number of days at each resort. I like to live in an area and really get to know a mountain or collection of mountains. Two days at a mountain isn't enough and even with a 50% discount the cost will still skyrocket if you end up skiing a lot. Plus there can be considerable risk of having bad conditions on those days when you happen to be at those mountains. I don't care about blackout dates though.

post #2 of 20

There are some options in Japan: For example:

Hakuba valley all area season pass  - 130,000 yen gives you access to 10 resorts there

Mt Myoko pass - around 50,000 ywn for 3 resorts

JTB season pass for 54,000 yen for about 32 resorts.

 

Some of these are from last season and some are for next season.

 

I am sure there would be more if you hunted around.

post #3 of 20

Look at the Tyrol ski pass in Austria.  All of Tirol, I think something like 85 resorts for around 650 euro.  A few of the big ones on there - Solden, Obergurgl/Hochgurgl, Zillertal Arena, Hintertux, Mayorhorfren, Kitzbuhel.  Unfortunately I don't think it covers St. Anton complex.  I want to go here for a winter!

post #4 of 20

The M.A.X. Pass is new for 2015-16 and for $699 US you get 5 days at each of 22 resorts in North America. If you buy a season pass at one of the MAX resorts then you can get a MAX pass upgrade for the other 21 resorts for $249 US. The minimum pre-season sale price for a season pass for a member resort has to be $599 + $249 US for the Max Pass upgrade.

 

I found one of the MAX Pass members, Cypress Mtn.in West Vancouver, B.C. was selling an adult pass for $599 CDN if bought before May 31, and the senior pass at $279 CDN. Since I am a senior I now own a Cypress Season Pass which I may not even use and a $249 US MAX Pass.

 

I also bought a Mountain Collective Pass for $369 US. So for less than $850 US I have access to 30 resorts. I will do 2 ski trips in my truck camper, 4-6 weeks starting in mid January and a second 2 week spring trip in mid April. I will ski 13 different resorts with a possible 48 days skiing for under $20/day

 

For the OP I would suggest buying a season pass at one of the Max Pass members plus the upgrade. OP could base himself out of Big Sky, Copper, Steamboat or Winter Park and then make 5 day side trips to other MAX member resorts. .

post #5 of 20

@DanoT - great idea regarding the add on feature of the MAX pass on top of an resort  .

 

The add on feature of the Max pass also applies to the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus. A bit more wiggle room.    

post #6 of 20

http://www.snowcard.tirol.at

 

Here is the Tyrol showcard.  Looks like 87 ski resorts.  So sick.  I want to spend a winter doing this.  You could base out of a few areas over the winter and hit so many areas - Imst, Zillertal, and maybe Kitzbuehl each for a month.  So much skiing to be had with this pass.  Absolutely amazing.  Probably gonna want a car to pull it off.  Make sure it is diesel.  

post #7 of 20
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http://www.snowcard.tirol.at

 

Here is the Tyrol showcard.  Looks like 87 ski resorts.  So sick.  I want to spend a winter doing this.  You could base out of a few areas over the winter and hit so many areas - Imst, Zillertal, and maybe Kitzbuehl each for a month.  So much skiing to be had with this pass.  Absolutely amazing.  Probably gonna want a car to pull it off.  Make sure it is diesel.  

 

Wow... 87 resorts inside a square of about 100 miles by 50 miles. :eek (And it's not even ALL the resorts in the area... just the ones the pass is good at.)

 

I have to admit, a couple of times I've just gone on Google maps to a random place in the alps and just browsed around looking at all the marked lifts and trails... they're everywhere.

post #8 of 20

Check out the Monarch Mountain One-World Season Pass.  I do not think they have announced what you get next year yet.

 

http://www.skimonarch.com/tickets-and-rentals/season-passes

post #9 of 20

If you want to head to little ol New Zealand ,you can get a season pass to Turoa and Whakapapa for NZ $535

 Thats ony US $408 for a whole season

http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/season-passes/

post #10 of 20
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If you want to head to little ol New Zealand ,you can get a season pass to Turoa and Whakapapa for NZ $535

 Thats ony US $408 for a whole season

http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/season-passes/

 

Southern Hemisphere is part of the Thread tittle. When does the season usually start and end?

post #11 of 20

I really enjoyed the season I spent in Bourg St Maurice, just below Les Arc.  IIRC, the Paradiski season pass was about 450 Euro (for a local in 2007) and included some days at neighboring Val d'Isere/Tignes as well as 3 Valleys.  

 

It looks like there is a Dolomiti Superski pass similar to the Tyrol pass for 750 Euro.

post #12 of 20

It starts to snow at the end of May,thru June and we hope to ski the start of July 

We normally ski till the end of November when we start dreaming about heading to America,Canada,Japan....

post #13 of 20

Get the Tyrol ski card - not even close.  So many options, Austria is an amazing place to live, clean, safe, no crime in the mountains.  You can set a backpack down and come back to it and it will be there.  So much terrain, it is everywhere.  Infrastructure is amazing at ski areas.  Ischgl for example goes on forever and everything is a high-speed detachable 4,6, or 8 lift.  Heated seats, bubbles on them, and so much terrain everywhere.  Any when you get tired of one mountain, Ischgl must be the size of Vail, you have 86 more mountains to choose from.  Solden, Obergurgl/Hochgurgl are both huge.  High altitude so they open early. Solden opens in early October due to the glacier.  Stubai the same.  Hintertux is open all year.  Then work your way toward Innsbruck and good skiing right there.  More to the west you get the Kitzbuhel area with a bunch of resorts there with lots of tree skiing.  It is endless.  Then the culture - Austrians love to ski.  Beer - nice beer at lunch with a brat, soup, and they don't rape you on costs.  Beer for 3.50 euro for half litre. When you need a break - head to northern Italy and visit Venice, Verona, drink tons of wine and eat Italian food.  Oh wait, but then there are the Dolomites right there in northern Italy and too much skiing right there to pass up.  It isn't even a question - Do it!

post #14 of 20

Tirol Snow Card was 717 euro last season.

 

Also have a look at Dolomiti Superski (Dolomites, Italy, 12 resorts, 1,200 km of slopes): http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en

 

Or the Aosta Valley (including Zermatt): http://www.skivallee.it/interna.asp?CodPage=tariffe2

post #15 of 20
New Zealand's season is June (early-mid month at some places, later at others) through 'till the start of October in the South Island, or through 'till November up north. Good spring skiing in the North Island. Smaller fields but generally less crowds and less ice down south.

The Turoa & Whakapapa pass is a pretty good deal if you're in the North Island, otherwise your options are the Chill pass which will get you access to most of the club fields and smaller commercial fields in the South Island, the NZSki passes (Hutt, Coronet, Remarkables, single mountain and some multi-mountain options), or single mountain season passes for Treble Cone and Cardrona. The Chill pass is a good deal, but the others are not so much.

What to get depends on where you'll be and for how long - would you spend the whole season mainly one area, or travel all over the place?
post #16 of 20
Austria has several options for multi resort season pass

Besides the Tirol one, there are some cheaper ones like the Salzburg Super Ski Card (all Salzburg resorts) and the Kitzbuheler Alpen All Star (kitzbuhel, ski welt and some other areas)

Both respectable value and acreage (and cheaper than the Tirol)
Edited by IceCookie - 7/23/15 at 1:14pm
post #17 of 20

In Austra, there's also the 3 valleys pass, Bregenzer Forrest mostly, including Damüls, the snowiest resort in the Alps, Warth-Schröcken, etc. http://www.3taeler.at/de/map

 

In Italy, there are several passes.

Dolomiti Superski (12 areas East of Bolzano): http://www.dolomitisuperski.com/en/ski-pass/assortment-of-ski-passes

Skirama Brenta: Madonna di Campiglio and around, West side of Bolzano: http://www.skirama.it/en/skipass-skirama/ski-pass-price-calculator/

Valle d'Aosta (including or excluding Zermatt): http://www.skivallee.it/interna.asp?CodPage=tariffe2

 

As I understand, in France, Paradiski (Les Arcs/La Plagne), Three Vallleys and Espace Killy are putting together a combined pass as well for next season. No link, sorry.

post #18 of 20

Hmm, please do post about the french thingy if/when you have more news

 

I suppose you are not talking about ski-a-la-carte (http://www.skialacarte.fr/en/ski-area-alps.php), right? This one is not exactly season pass, but seems its cost effective if you have a large number of ski days in the season.

 

Unfortunately the season pass in a single resort in France is already more expensive than the SSSC in Austria, for example

post #19 of 20

Found it: http://www.wheretoskiandsnowboard.com/news/tarentaise-launches-alpine-legends-pass/

 

No concrete info yet, just this article. And not a season pass either, it seems...

post #20 of 20

Ah, well, this is interesting, but you have to question how useful it will be for the average lad visiting that region.

 

I mean, most people wont have the need to switch from paradiski, to espace killy to 3 vallees in the space of 6 days :)

 

Thanks for posting

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