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The Powder Alliance benefit, included with unlimited season passes at several western resorts, now includes Whitewater.

 

The benefit, three days at each area, with restrictions (holidays and Saturdays) now includes 14 resorts:  Angel Fire, Arizona Snowbowl, Bridger, China Peak, Crested Butte, Mountain High,  Mt Hood Ski Bowl, Schweitzer, Sierra at Tahoe, Silver Star, Snowbasin,  Stevens, Timberline and now Whitewater.

 

I think this is great news.  This is another reason I'll probably teach again this year, since I get a discounted pass to Stevens for working with an independent ski school (my pass would probably be free if I taught for Stevens).  

 

Nonetheless, a good benefit for any season pass holder at one of these resorts.  

 

I can see a road trip including Schweitzer and Whitewater, which are maybe 3 hours apart.

post #2 of 13

Definitely is good news and has me rethinking how I might allocate funds for an upcoming winter road trip.  If only the El Nino forecast was not so grim for many areas on the plan.

 

Anticipating the Silverton early season pass benefits may be similar to last year and comparing that to a Sierra at Lake Tahoe pass which includes in addition to the Powder Alliance 4 days at Squaw/Alpine.  

 

I already have the Mountain Collective Pass and I am looking for a complementary pass for a massive winter road trip.  Decisions, Decisions, Decisions .......

 

I really like the California BC and that has me leaning to the Sierra pass.

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Definitely is good news and has me rethinking how I might allocate funds for an upcoming winter road trip.  If only the El Nino forecast was not so grim for many areas on the plan.

 

Anticipating the Silverton early season pass benefits may be similar to last year and comparing that to a Sierra at Lake Tahoe pass which includes in addition to the Powder Alliance 4 days at Squaw/Alpine.  

 

I already have the Mountain Collective Pass and I am looking for a complementary pass for a massive winter road trip.  Decisions, Decisions, Decisions .......

 

I really like the California BC and that has me leaning to the Sierra pass.

 

I'm planning a couple of ski trips, 4-6 weeks in Jan. and Feb., and 2-3 weeks in the spring, equipped with a MCP and a Maxx Pass.(a Cyrpess Mtn. pass + Maxx Pass add on.) I should have enough options to do some storm chasing if need be.

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Dano T I have read your road tripping exploits in the past and am very impressed at your ability to get after it.   Good chance we will cross trails this winter.

 

The funny thing is I am not sure how much storm chasing I will be able to do.  I am committed to Rogers Pass area for about 3 weeks between my brother visiting and hut reservations in Mid-February.  The resorts are so spread out, I don't see myself shooting around . Seems I am almost committed to a route that takes me through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, BC, Washington, Oregon and California.  With Arizona either at the beginning or end of the trip.  Utah and Colorado could also be flexed to the beginning or end of the trip. I picture it as a bit of a slinky where I can slow down and spend more time in an area-I BC ski and try to be easy going making friends so I can extend time doing that, or accelerate through an area to the next.  But the dashing about for powder does not seem practical given the distances. 

 

The Max Pass as a stand alone is too expensive for the hills it adds-Big Sky would be great-in terms of enticing me.

 

Thought about the Epic Pass which would have been less driving distance between resorts, but outside of Kirkwood none of the areas are a big draw for me.  Plus I really wanted to get back to Rogers Pass.

 

The advantage I see of the Sierra Lake Tahoe/Powder Alliance Pass is it gives me more areas and if I bypass some chasing powder it won't be as much as a loss.  Also I have really enjoyed touring in the Sierra's and the Sierra at Lake Tahoe season pass and extra days at Squaw would locate me there with places to go when the BC is not stable.

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Maineac, one of the reasons I mentioned the Maxx pass is that if you are in Maine and get a pass for Sugarloaf or Sunday River, then the Maxx pass add on would be another $250 and possibly worth it. For me, I bought a Senior's Cypress Mtn. Pass during their spring sale for $279 CDN and then the Maxx add on for $250US, so it is a good deal for me.

 

The thing with driving times and storm chasing is that a guy really needs to get lucky with timing otherwise it is a case of "you should have been here yesterday". However with a choice of passes a guy can figure out which region is getting the most consistent snowfalls and then head to that area. If the weather this coming season is a repeat of last year, I could end up sampling Maxx Pass resorts in Vermont and Maine.

 

I'm not a back country skier but if you are and are planning on skiing Rogers Pass, then once you are in the region, you should also go to Golden and use the Kicking Horse Gondola to access bc terrain there as well.

post #6 of 13

Thanks for the thought.  Unfortunately the season pass prices out here are very high.  Hope to get some early season deals on day tickets before heading out to warm up the legs.  

 

Leaning towards the Powder Alliance as it has enough areas I would like to ski: Arizona Snowbowl, Crested Butte, Snowbasin, Bridger Bowl, Schweitzer, Whitewater, Silver star, Stevens Pass, (4 bonus days at Squaw/Alpine) and then Sierra at Tahoe which would be a nice storm day mountain if I hung around SLT.

 

Good chance I will ski Kicking Horse with my brother.  We are spending half our time in Revelstoke and half our time in Golden with the intent of either day tripping to Rogers Pass or hitting the ski hill depending.

 

Real nice picture of your parents in your avatar. Just got around to reading the caption.  In my living room rests my grandfathers skis and poles from the same era.

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MAX Pass as an add-on is different in the northeast than out west.  Cannot buy an inexpensive season pass that qualifies for the add-on.

 

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. . . someone with a season pass at Snowshoe cannot do the $249 Add-on to get the MAX Pass?  The list for the pass holders in the east who can upgrade includes:

  • Blue Mountain Super Pass 
  • Killington Unlimited Pass
  • New England Gold Plus Pass - Boyne
  • New England Gold Pass - Boyne
  • New England Graduate Pass - Boyne
  • New England Silver Pass - Boyne
  • Stratton Summit Pass
  • Stratton Spirit Pass 
  • Tremblant Unlimited Pass
  • 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 #8 of 13

The Powder Alliance has a contest for 2015-16 called the Powder Quest.  Must register in advance and use Instagram to record a stop in a Powder Alliance ski area.

 

WILD WEST POWDER QUEST

Win A 16/17 Season Pass To Your Home Powder Alliance Resort. 

Visit any Powder Alliance Resort and receive entry into the Wild West Powder Quest Sweepstakes.  Prizes awarded May 15th, 2016.  Fourteen lucky winners will receive a 16/17 Season Pass to their home Powder Alliance Resort. The more resorts you tame, the better your chances of winning.  Limit one prize per entrant.

Explore 3,000 acres at Snowbasin Resort in Utah.  Dive deep into 400 inches of fresh snow annually at Stevens Pass, WA, or enjoy 5 star dinning at our newest member, Whitewater Ski Resort, Canada.  Fourteen premiere North American destinations make it easy to create your own Powder Quest with memories that will last a lifetime.  So grab your gear and start hitting the slopes.  How fast can you visit all 14 Powder Alliance areas in the Wild West Powder Quest?  Don’t forget to tag your journey with #WWPQ16

post #9 of 13

My wife and I bought everyday seasons passes to Stevens as they were such a good deal when we went to review our weekday seasons passes.  We are already looking at a Whitewater/Schweitzer trip.  It would be nice to go with this group.

Jerry

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post
 

The Powder Alliance benefit, included with unlimited season passes at several western resorts, now includes Whitewater.

 

The benefit, three days at each area, with restrictions (holidays and Saturdays) now includes 14 resorts:  Angel Fire, Arizona Snowbowl, Bridger, China Peak, Crested Butte, Mountain High,  Mt Hood Ski Bowl, Schweitzer, Sierra at Tahoe, Silver Star, Snowbasin,  Stevens, Timberline and now Whitewater.

 

I think this is great news.  This is another reason I'll probably teach again this year, since I get a discounted pass to Stevens for working with an independent ski school (my pass would probably be free if I taught for Stevens).  

 

Nonetheless, a good benefit for any season pass holder at one of these resorts.  

 

I can see a road trip including Schweitzer and Whitewater, which are maybe 3 hours apart.

My wife and I would be up for this as we bought everyday passes at Stevens Pass instead of weekday passes as they were such a good deal after last years crappy snow season.  There is tons of snow at Stevens Pass as of 12/26/2015.  Jerry

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Big J View Post
 

My wife and I bought everyday seasons passes to Stevens as they were such a good deal when we went to review our weekday seasons passes.  We are already looking at a Whitewater/Schweitzer trip.  It would be nice to go with this group.

Jerry

 

If you are doing a Whitewater/Schweitzer trip, then also allowing a day or two for Red Mt., Rossland B.C. makes sense as it is only about 1.15 hour from Whitewater and completes a nice circuit. From Red to Spokane is about 2.5 hours.

 

AND Ski Canada magazine once rated Red Mt. as the best tree skiing in Canada. This was before Whitewater expanded and installed the Morning Glory Chair which almost doubled the size of the ski area and added enough tree skiing to possibly make it the second best tree skiing in Canada. So have fun.

post #12 of 13

I should add that with the weak Canadian dollar, the near $90CDN lift ticket at Red is only $55-60 US. You can also save 12-18% by buying lift tickets online in advance from Red's website.

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

I should add that with the weak Canadian dollar, the near $90CDN lift ticket at Red is only $55-60 US. You can also save 12-18% by buying lift tickets online in advance from Red's website.

We would possibly be up for doing Red Mt. as well.  Would need to know in what order to do the ski areas, how many days/nights for each and the dates.  This would allow us to shop lift tickets and hotels to get the best deals.  Would also give time for all of us to perhaps compare notes on what we found.

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