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IF El Nino hits the PNW hard this year I will have to travel for snow.  Could knowlegeable Bears list the special passes that are available throughout America.  Thinking I may hit the road for a month of more and lift tickets will be expensive so looking at way to save some money, thanks Pete.

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The ones I've heard of are :

 

-- Epic Pass - Vail resorts (http://www.snow.com/epic-pass.aspx)

-- Mountain Collective - Aspen, Sun Valley, Whistler, Alta/Snobird, Squaw, etc. (http://www.mountaincollective.com)

-- RMSP+ - Mainly Colorado (http://www.skicolorado.com/MultiMountain_SeasonPasses.html)

-- M.A.X. Pass - Bunch of places, both east and west (https://www.themaxpass.com/)

-- Power Pass - Mainly So. Colorado, Arizona, New Mex. (http://www.thepowerpass.com/)

post #4 of 24

The MAX Pass includes 22 ski resorts, both northeast and out west.  $699 or $249 as an add-on to selected season passes for areas involved.  Get up to 5 days at each place.

 

For more comments:

http://www.epicski.com/t/133478/the-max-pass-2015-16-for-intrawest-boyne-powdr-resorts-killington-tremblant-big-sky-steamboat-plus-18-more#post_1850345

 

There is also the Powder Alliance that is all the west, including a couple places in B.C., but that requires buying a season pass at one of the 14 ski areas included.  Get 3 days at the other 13, but not Saturdays.

post #5 of 24
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Thanks folks this is just what I wanted.

post #6 of 24
Pete, Schweitzer is in the Powder Alliance I believe. Mountain Collective is probably the best bet, still tempted myself.
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Pete, Schweitzer is in the Powder Alliance I believe. Mountain Collective is probably the best bet, still tempted myself.

 

Yes Mountain Collective has best resorts  BUT  in doing some online research this morning (am I a skier or what) I found a gem for old guys and I know this doesn't apply to you Richard but it does me.  

 

 

Powder Alliance.   Buy a season pass to Stevens Pass Washington for $99.00 (over 70yrs) and ski unlimited there and 3 days free at 10 other resorts. Not a huge choice but definitely worth 99 dollars.  

 

Still looking around and one of Powder Alliance resorts is Angel Fire and 70 and over is free.  Could I get a freee season pass there and ski all the others free too.  think I will telephone them and c heck that out.

 

Only benefit of being ancient.

post #8 of 24
And, as you know, here you're free. However, I'm expecting that we'll see the reverse of last year. It'll be poor there and truly horrendous here, reversing last season.
post #9 of 24

I purchased online a Cypress Mtn. G8 Seniors (65+) Pass last April when it was $279CDN, it is now $329CDN (currently about $250 US) until Sept 15. They gave me the pass number online and I used it to purchase a Maxx Pass Add On for $250 US.

 

With Maxx you get 5 days at each resort. Some notable ones in the east: Tremblant, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Killington plus several smaller resorts.

 

Some in the west: Big Sky, Brighton, Bachelor, Crystal, Snoqualmie, Copper, Winter Park, Steamboat.

 

I also have a MCP and a Sun Peaks Staff Pass. I figure if it is another winter like last year, then I've got this continent covered. Have winterized truck camper. Will travel.

post #10 of 24
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OK, have done some searching on passes.  Heres what I think will work best for me/opinions welcome.

 

 

Powder Alliance.  Steven Pass season pass cost $99.00 and get 3 days of free lift tickets at the following: Bridger, Schweitzer, Snowbasin, Crested Butte, Silver Star, Timberline, Sierra at Tahoe, Angel Fire, Arizona Snow Bowl, Whitewater and of course Stevens all season.  My thoughts are; Can ski Schweitzer (which is close) and pay for pass in 1 1/2 days, trip almost anywhere can take in Bridger, Snowbasin and then Ariz on was to Taos etc.

 

Moountain Collective.   $399.00 2 days at the following:  Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, JH, Lake Louise, Sunshine, Mammoth, Squaw/Alpine, Whistler, sun Valley, Stowe, Taos after the two free days  50% off sucessive days.

 

Total price say $500.00.  The only problem is that if I go East only Stowe is on the list.  Wish I knew if I was defintely going East because then I would buy the Maxx pass.  But is I stay in the west and just go south etc. there are some very good resorts.

 

Thinking my cabover camper and just hit the road.  Am pretty sure I would use on a trip:  Leaving Idaho and hit:   Bridger, JH, Alta/Snowbird/Snowbasin, Ariz and NM Taos, back around to Mammoth, up to Tahoe Squaw/Alpine/Sierra at Tahoe on the way home visit Slider at Bachelor and then over to Sun valley.  Of course after Montana or after Utah can go over to Gathering at Aspen too.  Hell of a road trip.  Lift tickets will be pretty much covered, food and lodging will be affordable.  truck get about 16mpg with the camper on.

 

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.  One doesn't live long enough to make all his own mistakes - learn from others.

post #11 of 24

As cool as it was to think about your proposed ski safari to Northeastern North America, I feel nearly certain that between the PA and MC passes you cover such a wide west/intermountain region that you’ve guaranteed access to as good or better conditions than you’ll get in the Northeast.   Would you sleep in your camper in reasonable weather?  Do you have couch surfing contacts in the West/Intermtn region?

What would really make sense for you to come East besides a terrible western snow drought is if you had friends/relatives who would host you for free in their home(s), guide you around local ski hills, and take you to some nearby cities/points-of-interest for sightseeing on rest days.

post #12 of 24
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As cool as it was to think about your proposed ski safari to Northeastern North America, I feel nearly certain that between the PA and MC passes you cover such a wide west/intermountain region that you’ve guaranteed access to as good or better conditions than you’ll get in the Northeast.   Would you sleep in your camper in reasonable weather?  Do you have couch surfing contacts in the West/Intermtn region?

What would really make sense for you to come East besides a terrible western snow drought is if you had friends/relatives who would host you for free in their home(s), guide you around local ski hills, and take you to some nearby cities/points-of-interest for sightseeing on rest days.

 

 

You are probably correct.  No I don't know a soul in the East.  The real thing that slows me down is the loong 3,000 mile drive in the winter.  Although if I take the Western trip I am sorta thinking about, it to would be close to 4,000 miles but that would be 2,000 shorter and that is a lot of hours and diesel.

 

I have appreciated everyones input and am actually pleased I posted this in August - it has afforded me some time to contemplate all the pros and cons.  Also, the Powder Alliance pass and the Collective pass make the whole idea more affordable.

 

Yep, think taking the camper would be the best way to make this trip.  I am thinking at least a month on the road maybe 5 weeks.  Will sleep in camper no matter the weather.  Have done so chukar hunting in December at 10,000 ft in the high ridges of Nevada and had some really cold nights.  Ski gear, clothes, ski's etc. will be no problem in camper (9 1/2 ft Big Foot),  lodging and food will obviously be cheaper.  Can I live with myself for a month - yep been there done that.  Good books will help.  May even do some writing.  There will be some logistics problems on electricity, campgrounds etc. but nothing that can't be overcome.  Dano (bear) is helping me out on some of those aspects as he skis out of his camper all the time.

 

Thanks for comments.  Pete

post #13 of 24
My thought is, strong El Niño or not, we still don't know whether it will truly suck as far as skiing conditions in the PNW. So my question is: would you still make plans for these road trips even in a good, or at least average PNW snow year?

FWIW it sounds like a fun time in any year, and if I have the freedom of time and the means to do it I'd probably join you on the trip.

I've got my own plans to do a McCall trip this year (Brundage and Tamarack) if they have the $99 3 Pack tickets at the Seattle SkiDazzle this November.

Another trip I'll use my Powder Alliance days at Schweitzer, Whitewater, and Silver Star, hopefully with a day at Silver and at least more at Red Mt along the way.

I guess I'm cautiously optimistic.
post #14 of 24
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My thought is, strong El Niño or not, we still don't know whether it will truly suck as far as skiing conditions in the PNW. So my question is: would you still make plans for these road trips even in a good, or at least average PNW snow year?

FWIW it sounds like a fun time in any year, and if I have the freedom of time and the means to do it I'd probably join you on the trip.

I've got my own plans to do a McCall trip this year (Brundage and Tamarack) if they have the $99 3 Pack tickets at the Seattle SkiDazzle this November.

Another trip I'll use my Powder Alliance days at Schweitzer, Whitewater, and Silver Star, hopefully with a day at Silver and at least more at Red Mt along the way.

I guess I'm cautiously optimistic.

 

If we had another 07-08 I'd stay right here and ski.  Actually my thought has been, I'm 73yrs old and sat around last year and kept waiting for the snow and it didn't come-Since I am retired and have all the time in the winter that I want - won't sit around and wait for the snow - gonna go chase it down.  Usually I am optimistic too but just preparing for the contingency of hitting the road.  Like to be prepared and ready to go.  Won't have the luxury of long range planning on the powder so have to be ready to take off.. Usually ski between 60 and 80 days a year.  Did 28 last year and some of those days weren't exactly primo snow days to say the least.

 

Let me know if you come over, love to ski Schweitzer or Silver with you or contact me on real snow condition - if I'm still here:)

post #15 of 24
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DesiredUserName,  see you ski Stevens, gonna get my Powder Alliance season pass there, $99.00 for me and I can do it online.  AngelFire was $40 but I had to go in person to get the pass. Figure I can ski Schweitzer  1 1/2 times and pay for Powder Alliance deal.  Never skied Stevens.

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My camper, actually pretty nice traveling very comfortable.  This picture taken in Alaska driving across Alaska from Denali to Chicken

post #17 of 24
Pete, let me know when you're coming to Stevens. BTW they have an RV parking lot; I know Dano stayed there in his camper.
post #18 of 24
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As cool as it was to think about your proposed ski safari to Northeastern North America, I feel nearly certain that between the PA and MC passes you cover such a wide west/intermountain region that you’ve guaranteed access to as good or better conditions than you’ll get in the Northeast.   Would you sleep in your camper in reasonable weather?  Do you have couch surfing contacts in the West/Intermtn region?

What would really make sense for you to come East besides a terrible western snow drought is if you had friends/relatives who would host you for free in their home(s), guide you around local ski hills, and take you to some nearby cities/points-of-interest for sightseeing on rest days.

 

 

You are probably correct.  No I don't know a soul in the East.  The real thing that slows me down is the loong 3,000 mile drive in the winter.  Although if I take the Western trip I am sorta thinking about, it to would be close to 4,000 miles but that would be 2,000 shorter and that is a lot of hours and diesel.

 

I have appreciated everyones input and am actually pleased I posted this in August - it has afforded me some time to contemplate all the pros and cons.  Also, the Powder Alliance pass and the Collective pass make the whole idea more affordable.

 

Yep, think taking the camper would be the best way to make this trip.  I am thinking at least a month on the road maybe 5 weeks.  Will sleep in camper no matter the weather.  Have done so chukar hunting in December at 10,000 ft in the high ridges of Nevada and had some really cold nights.  Ski gear, clothes, ski's etc. will be no problem in camper (9 1/2 ft Big Foot),  lodging and food will obviously be cheaper.  Can I live with myself for a month - yep been there done that.  Good books will help.  May even do some writing.  There will be some logistics problems on electricity, campgrounds etc. but nothing that can't be overcome.  Dano (bear) is helping me out on some of those aspects as he skis out of his camper all the time.

 

Thanks for comments.  Pete

If you decide to ski around the northeast, my guess is that you could meet up with a Bear or two at almost any place you choose with about a post a week or so in advance.  There are a fair number of Bears who ski midweek, but they don't necessarily post that often.

post #19 of 24
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If you decide to ski around the northeast, my guess is that you could meet up with a Bear or two at almost any place you choose with about a post a week or so in advance.  There are a fair number of Bears who ski midweek, but they don't necessarily post that often.

 

Like I stated, would like to come back East except for the drive.   Now I have to decide  on should I buy the Powder Alliance and Mt. Collective passes and if I spend that $500.00 does that rule out a trip East or should I gamble on good eastern snow and get the Maxx pass and not the others.  Big gamble in August.  Probably leaning toward the Pow Alli and Collect pass and then all I can do is hope I guessed right. Really think a trip back east would be a real adventure etc. but have never skied Aspen, alta, Snowbird, Bridger, Snowbasin, Steamboat etc. so sort of a toss up and right now leaning toward Utah, Colo etc.  BUT..................................

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If you decide to ski around the northeast, my guess is that you could meet up with a Bear or two at almost any place you choose with about a post a week or so in advance.  There are a fair number of Bears who ski midweek, but they don't necessarily post that often.

 

Like I stated, would like to come back East except for the drive.   Now I have to decide  on should I buy the Powder Alliance and Mt. Collective passes and if I spend that $500.00 does that rule out a trip East or should I gamble on good eastern snow and get the Maxx pass and not the others.  Big gamble in August.  Probably leaning toward the Pow Alli and Collect pass and then all I can do is hope I guessed right. Really think a trip back east would be a real adventure etc. but have never skied Aspen, alta, Snowbird, Bridger, Snowbasin, Steamboat etc. so sort of a toss up and right now leaning toward Utah, Colo etc.  BUT..................................


Good grief . . . didn't realize how many classics you haven't been to in the Rockies.  Seems like there will be good conditions at more than enough Powder Alliance and MCP destinations to make that the obvious choice for this season.  Especially if that means you make it to the Aspen Gathering. :)

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I'm quoting myself here for emphasis. At less than $500 total, the Seniors Cypress Mtn. Pass plus Maxx Add On is the best price out there for a Maxx Pass. It might not be available as that good of a deal in 2017 . Get a MCP as well and then as I said before: you will have the continent covered.

 

 

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

I purchased online a Cypress Mtn. G8 Seniors (65+) Pass last April when it was $279CDN, it is now $329CDN (currently about $250 US) until Sept 15. They gave me the pass number online and I used it to purchase a Maxx Pass Add On for $250 US.

 

With Maxx you get 5 days at each resort. Some notable ones in the east: Tremblant, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Killington plus several smaller resorts.

 

Some in the west: Big Sky, Brighton, Bachelor, Crystal, Snoqualmie, Copper, Winter Park, Steamboat.

 

I also have a MCP and a Sun Peaks Staff Pass. I figure if it is another winter like last year, then I've got this continent covered. Have winterized truck camper. Will travel.

post #22 of 24
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Good grief . . . didn't realize how many classics you haven't been to in the Rockies.  Seems like there will be good conditions at more than enough Powder Alliance and MCP destinations to make that the obvious choice for this season.  Especially if that means you make it to the Aspen Gathering. :)

Yep skied a lot but have still missed alot too.   Skied every resort in Tahoe, Mammoth, Bear Valley, shasta, Bachelor, silver, Lookout, schweitzer, 49 degrees, mt spokane, whitefish, whitewater, red, panorama, big white, whistler, purgatory, taos, big sky, JH, perisher, portillo, ALTA, brundage, heli skiing and cat skiing but nothing back east and nothing in colorado except purgatory. Been over 20 yrs since I have skied Utah.

 

As much as I would like to visit the East, yes will probably get the Alliance and MCP and make that route.  Heck of a road trip to get in most of these places and might skip a few I have already skied but adding the Aspen Gathering would be a highlight.

post #23 of 24

Snowbomb is going to have a pass go on sale 8/31 for $79 that includes 2 nights (Sunday-Thursday) in Reno, 1 Mt Rose and 1 Homewood ticket.  Other discounts too.  The Hotel does charge a $15/night "resort fee" which is not listed in the deal.  Still a pretty good deal and Lake Tahoe is looking good although I would not be surprised if winter closed down fast this year with higher temperatures.

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Good grief . . . didn't realize how many classics you haven't been to in the Rockies.  Seems like there will be good conditions at more than enough Powder Alliance and MCP destinations to make that the obvious choice for this season.  Especially if that means you make it to the Aspen Gathering. :)

Yep skied a lot but have still missed alot too.   Skied every resort in Tahoe, Mammoth, Bear Valley, shasta, Bachelor, silver, Lookout, schweitzer, 49 degrees, mt spokane, whitefish, whitewater, red, panorama, big white, whistler, purgatory, taos, big sky, JH, perisher, portillo, ALTA, brundage, heli skiing and cat skiing but nothing back east and nothing in colorado except purgatory. Been over 20 yrs since I have skied Utah.

 

As much as I would like to visit the East, yes will probably get the Alliance and MCP and make that route.  Heck of a road trip to get in most of these places and might skip a few I have already skied but adding the Aspen Gathering would be a highlight.

That's a pretty nice list. :)  Flying to Spokane on Southwest as the start of a ski safari is on my bucket list.

 

Fair to say that the ski resorts in Utah have changed in the last 20 years.  Alta is my favorite.  I was quite happy to find faster lifts as well as a single lift to the top of Collins when I started skiing there regularly in 2008.  Started exploring Snowbird more in recent years after it was added to the MCP.  Snowbasin got a complete makeover for the 2002 Olympics.  Solitude is getting the benefit of Vail money this summer.  Powder Mountain is worth a day or two if catch a powder storm.  Midweek, you can get deals on Liftopia lift tickets for some of the SLC ski resorts.

 

I think there will be other traveling Bears around LCC the days just before the Aspen Gathering.

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