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post #31 of 62

Stevens Pass has been added to the pass. The three main Seattle-area resorts are now on the pass.

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Stevens Pass has been added to the pass. The three main Seattle-area resorts are now on the pass.


Thanks for the update.  So now the total is 39 for MAX Pass in 2016-17.

 

ALASKA: *Alyeska
 
WEST
Washington: Crystal Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, *Stevens Pass
Oregon: Mt. Bachelor
California: Boreal, *Mountain High
Nevada: Lee Canyon 

ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Montana: Big Sky
Utah: Brighton, *Solitude
Colorado: Copper, Steamboat, Winter Park, *Crested Butte, *Eldora

MIDWEST
Michigan: Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain 
Minnesota: *Buck Hill

EAST
Maine: Sunday River, Sugarloaf
Vermont: Killington, Pico Mountain, Stratton, *Okemo
New Hampshire: Loon Mountain, *Mount Sunapee
Massachusetts: *Wachusett
New Jersey: *Mountain Creek
West Virginia: Snowshoe

CANADA
British Columbia: Cypress Mountain, *Fernie, *Kicking Horse, *Kimberley, *Nakiska

Ontario: Blue Mountain
Quebec: Mont Tremblant, *Mont Saint Anne, *Stoneham
 
* added for 2016-17
post #33 of 62
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Stevens Pass has been added to the pass. The three main Seattle-area resorts are now on the pass.


This is interesting. This now makes it the third resort that is on both the Powder Alliance and the Max Pass (along with Mt. High and Crested Butte.)

post #34 of 62
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Occurs to me that Winter Park and Copper are in the MAX Pass and RMSP.

post #35 of 62
^^^ And Steamboat but there are qualifying passes
post #36 of 62
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Occurs to me that Winter Park and Copper are in the MAX Pass and RMSP.

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^^^ And Steamboat but there are qualifying passes

Thanks!  It's getting hard enough to keep up with which places are in one multi-resort pass.  I have an impression that the number of ski areas that have more than one way for a "pass holder" to get at least a few days without paying more has been increasing in recent years.  Meaning someone who either buys a full season pass at one ski area or buys a multi-resort pass like the MAX Pass or RMSP.

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I vaguely remember that when the MAX Pass started, only the most expensive season passes were eligible for the Add-on price.  Decided to look at a few of the new northeast ski areas.  For Mount Sunapee, looks like all the season passes qualify.  For Wachusett, in addition to the Gold Pass ($669), can also get a Weekender Pass ($489) and get the MAX Pass Add-on ($249 early, $299 after 10/12/16).  Same idea applies to some of the other MAX Pass locations, mostly the smaller places.  Certainly provides incentive to get a season pass for someone not sure it would be worth it but is interested in at least one trip to one of the bigger ski resorts.  For someone in the northeast, doesn't even require flying.  A couple trips to Tremblant, Killington, Stratton, Sugarloaf, or Sunday River for 5 days of skiing each at $249/299 is not a bad deal.  Or perhaps a few 2-3 day trips to explore new ski areas.

 

From MAX Pass FAQ:

  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo, Crested Butte Ultra Pass
  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo Peak Pass
  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo Value Pass
  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo Millennial Pass
  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo Midweek Pass
  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo 4.0 College Pass
post #38 of 62
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I vaguely remember that when the MAX Pass started, only the most expensive season passes were eligible for the Add-on price.  Decided to look at a few of the new northeast ski areas.  For Mount Sunapee, looks like all the season passes qualify.  For Wachusett, in addition to the Gold Pass ($669), can also get a Weekender Pass ($489) and get the MAX Pass Add-on ($249 early, $299 after 10/12/16)....

 

From MAX Pass FAQ:

  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo Midweek Pass

 

The MAX Pass FAQ includes this:

 

For M.A.X. Pass Add-on Passes - If your qualifying season pass has blackout dates and you purchase a M.A.X. Pass Add-on, the Add-on is not valid at your home mountain(s) and thus cannot be used on blackout dates. For example, the New England Silver Pass has blackout dates on select weekends and holidays. The M.A.X. Pass Add-on does not provide additional days at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon, and so cannot be used on the blackout days.

 

So it's not 100% clear, but my read is that a Wachusett "Weekender" MAX Pass upgrade could only be used on weekends/holidays everywhere, and that the Midweek passes can't be used anywhere on weekends. So these bargain passes kind of limit options still. Also note the add-on is currently $349.

post #39 of 62
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I vaguely remember that when the MAX Pass started, only the most expensive season passes were eligible for the Add-on price.  Decided to look at a few of the new northeast ski areas.  For Mount Sunapee, looks like all the season passes qualify.  For Wachusett, in addition to the Gold Pass ($669), can also get a Weekender Pass ($489) and get the MAX Pass Add-on ($249 early, $299 after 10/12/16)....

 

From MAX Pass FAQ:

  • Mount Sunapee, Okemo Midweek Pass

 

The MAX Pass FAQ includes this:

 

For M.A.X. Pass Add-on Passes - If your qualifying season pass has blackout dates and you purchase a M.A.X. Pass Add-on, the Add-on is not valid at your home mountain(s) and thus cannot be used on blackout dates. For example, the New England Silver Pass has blackout dates on select weekends and holidays. The M.A.X. Pass Add-on does not provide additional days at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon, and so cannot be used on the blackout days.

 

So it's not 100% clear, but my read is that a Wachusett "Weekender" MAX Pass upgrade could only be used on weekends/holidays everywhere, and that the Midweek passes can't be used anywhere on weekends. So these bargain passes kind of limit options still. Also note the add-on is currently $349.


Sheesh, definitely pays to read all the fine print.  Since I don't live in the northeast, didn't pay attention to details for the Add-on before.  Mostly paying attention this fall because I'm seriously considering the MAX Pass for next season to cover a return trip to Big Sky.  In that case, I would buy in the spring for the lowest price.

 

Even if can only go on weekends for Weekender or mid-week for Midweek, might still be worth considering the Add-on for someone who is interested in exploring a few new places.  Someone who buys the Weekender presumably can't ski during the week any way.

post #40 of 62

The MAX PASS add on can't be used at your home mountain. It can be used anytime at other participating resorts. If your home pass covers several resorts you can't use the add on at any of those resorts. For instance I have a Killington/Pico midweek only pass. I can't use the add on at Killington/Pico anytime. I can however use the add on anytime at other participating resorts including weekends & holidays.

post #41 of 62

Sometime we had to call them to get a clarification on some conflicting issues with exchange days between the home area base pass and the max pass add on.

We had a RMSP+ with a max pass add on last season. The RMSP+ gives us 6 exchange days at Steamboat. That nullified the 5 SB days listed on the max pass add on.      

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The MAX PASS add on can't be used at your home mountain. It can be used anytime at other participating resorts. If your home pass covers several resorts you can't use the add on at any of those resorts. For instance I have a Killington/Pico midweek only pass. I can't use the add on at Killington/Pico anytime. I can however use the add on anytime at other participating resorts including weekends & holidays.


The MAX Pass is a very confusing multi-resort pass at this point.  Glad to hear from people with experience using it.  I only have experience with the MCP, which is much simpler to understand.

post #43 of 62

I noticed that the Max Pass isn't simply a direct walk-on pass at a good chunk of mountains, a couple of which I plan on going to this season (Big Sky, Sugarloaf). Sounds like I'll have to take my pass to the ticket window to redeem for a mtn lift pass. 

 

Anyone have experience with this? Is it a simple process? Am I able to ask for all days at once, or do I have to redeem one day at a time?

post #44 of 62

Last season I had the RMSP+ with a max pass add on. IIRC, Stratton, Killington, Brighton are straight to lift. They just scan the max pass.

We used the 6 days available on out RMSP+ rather than the max pass. It was also a straight to lift affair. Figure that should hold true for the max pass there. 

Big Sky, Crystal, Alpental were the stop at the ticket office and get a separate multi-day pass type of mountain.  

 

You can probably just call the ticket office ahead of time and find out. 

post #45 of 62

This sounds a bit like the MCP, which can be annoying to get a pass at every mountain. I remember it took longer than I hoped at Snowbird and JH.

 

Anyhow, I copied this from the website:

 

M.A.X. Passholders receive a photo ski pass card in the mail, so don’t delay and upload your picture during purchase. Once you have your M.A.X. Pass in hand, you can go directly to the lift line without going to the lift ticket office

The below resorts are the exception to this. At these resorts please visit the lift ticket office each day before hitting the slopes to get a lift ticket printed.

  • Alyeska, Girdwood, AK
  • Big Sky, MT
  • Blue Mountain, Ontario
  • Boreal Mountain, CA
  • Boyne Highland, MI
  • Boyne Mountain, MI
  • Brighton, UT
  • Crested Butte, CO
  • Crystal Mountain, WA
  • Cypress Mountain, B.C.
  • Eldora, CO
  • Loon Mountain, NH
  • Mountain Creek, NJ
  • Mountain High, CA
  • Mount Sunapee, NH
  • Mt. Bachelor, OR
  • Okemo, VT
  • Solitude, UT
  • Sugarloaf,ME
  • Sunday River, ME
  • Wachusett, MA
post #46 of 62
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The below resorts are the exception to this. At these resorts please visit the lift ticket office each day before hitting the slopes to get a lift ticket printed

 

Yes, I saw this on the website and found the wording "visit the lift ticket office each day" a bit alarming. Sounds like a pain if I'm spending four days at Big Sky and have to wait in line at the ticket office every day before hitting the mountain.

 

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Big Sky, Crystal, Alpental were the stop at the ticket office and get a separate multi-day pass type of mountain.  

 

You can probably just call the ticket office ahead of time and find out. 

 

I'm thinking giving them a call is my best bet...you said you were able to get a multi-day pass with one visit to the window though? I hope that's the case with this process.

post #47 of 62

We did 5 days straight at big sky only had to go to the ticket office once. 

If you split up the day, things may be different. 

post #48 of 62
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This sounds a bit like the MCP, which can be annoying to get a pass at every mountain. I remember it took longer than I hoped at Snowbird and JH.

 

Anyhow, I copied this from the website:

 

M.A.X. Passholders receive a photo ski pass card in the mail, so don’t delay and upload your picture during purchase. Once you have your M.A.X. Pass in hand, you can go directly to the lift line without going to the lift ticket office

The below resorts are the exception to this. At these resorts please visit the lift ticket office each day before hitting the slopes to get a lift ticket printed.

  • Alyeska, Girdwood, AK
  • Big Sky, MT
  • Blue Mountain, Ontario
  • Boreal Mountain, CA
  • Boyne Highland, MI
  • Boyne Mountain, MI
  • Brighton, UT
  • Crested Butte, CO
  • Crystal Mountain, WA
  • Cypress Mountain, B.C.
  • Eldora, CO
  • Loon Mountain, NH
  • Mountain Creek, NJ
  • Mountain High, CA
  • Mount Sunapee, NH
  • Mt. Bachelor, OR
  • Okemo, VT
  • Solitude, UT
  • Sugarloaf,ME
  • Sunday River, ME
  • Wachusett, MA


Interesting, looks like Boyne hasn't set up things in order to make direct-to-lift work.  A few of the places were added in 2016 so not much of a surprise that direct-to-lift isn't set up yet.

 

By the way, there are a few destinations on the 2016-17 MCP that have the process in place for people to get the MCP card by mail well in advance.  In general, the first season a resort joins the MCP seems to mean a slightly longer process but by the 2nd or 3rd season the process is pretty smooth.  Especially if the resort has already gone to RFID.

post #49 of 62

Our goal is to hit every mountain in NE on the pass, and a few out West, as well!! Wooo!!!

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Our goal is to hit every mountain in NE on the pass, and a few out West, as well!! Wooo!!!


The MAX Pass does seem well suited to someone who lives in the Boston area.  Will you be going on weekends?

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Our goal is to hit every mountain in NE on the pass, and a few out West, as well!! Wooo!!!


My goal as well!  Just moved to Boston area and figured M.A.X pass was the way to go.  Motivates me to check out a variety of mountains in the region!  Plus I'm from Montana so will ski Big Sky over the Christmas holidays.

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The MAX Pass does seem well suited to someone who lives in the Boston area.  Will you be going on weekends?

Mostly weekends, sadly (I'm a teacher).  But also have my days saved up to take off during the winter :)

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My goal as well!  Just moved to Boston area and figured M.A.X pass was the way to go.  Motivates me to check out a variety of mountains in the region!  Plus I'm from Montana so will ski Big Sky over the Christmas holidays.

Welcome to Boston!

 

The pass really is a great way to get you out and around New England. Although it is definitely not as "Grand" as Montana I'm sure, New England has some stunning scenery, and to me nothing is more beautiful than the White Mountains! Have you visited any of the mountains yet?

 

I hope you enjoy it here! 

post #54 of 62

How does Sunday River compare to Sugarloaf? I plan on heading to loaf Pres weekend to avoid the crowds. I love the trees and general vibe up there. Turns out my buddies will only have two loaf days left on their pass by that point, so we're thinking about hitting river for one of those three days. Will the crowds be worse than loaf? The layout looks confusing, any areas we should stick to if we're only there for a day? Where's the best spot to park?

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How does Sunday River compare to Sugarloaf? I plan on heading to loaf Pres weekend to avoid the crowds. I love the trees and general vibe up there. Turns out my buddies will only have two loaf days left on their pass by that point, so we're thinking about hitting river for one of those three days. Will the crowds be worse than loaf? The layout looks confusing, any areas we should stick to if we're only there for a day? Where's the best spot to park?


I've only skied at Sunday River during early season when I had others reasons to be in the region.  Definitely a little confusing to figure out where to park.  I think the best approach for a newcomer is to get to the main base early.  Note that SR opens at 8am on weekends.  The other lodges have pretty small lots and less cubby space.  There is a storage room at South Ridge that is free for storing a boot bag if all the big cubbies are full.  Easy to get advice from the folks in the main lodge of where to go ski on a particular day.  Also, there is a pretty big model of the entire place to get a better feel for the different mountains.  Regardless of which mountain you end up with, pays to ask how to get back.  For instance, from Aurora back to the Chondola area, you need to keep up speed to avoid poling towards the end of the cat track.  Getting back from Barker is easy if you know exactly where to go.  I would allow 15-30 min to get from the main base (once boarded on the Chondola) to the top of Aurora, including the Aurora line and ride.

 

My impression from friends who are SR season pass holders is that once you get away from the mountains with parking lots, it's not that bad in terms of lift lines.  Definitely pays to eat either early or late, regardless of where you decide to eat (a base or on mountain).  There are free shuttles between the three bases.

 

Gould is a private high school in town that does a lot of race training for their students and sometimes for multi-day clinics.  They use the Barker lodge.

post #56 of 62

The Sunday River layout is confusing.  It doesn't help that the trail map follows the standard practice of drawing everything as if it was stretched out along a ridge line, when that is far from true.  A little advance study will help.  I've never been Pres week, so can't tell you about crowds then.  The fact that it is an hour closer to Boston than the Loaf might (or might not) make less difference on a vacation week than a random weekend.

post #57 of 62
Anyone know how the max pass works for night skiing? For example, if I did a day at Wachusett and also wanted to do night skiing the same day, would that:
- not be allowed with the max pass
- count as a single "day" (of the 5 allotted) despite technically being two sessions (day and night)
- count as two "days" (one for day session, one for night session)

Thanks!
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Anyone know how the max pass works for night skiing? For example, if I did a day at Wachusett and also wanted to do night skiing the same day, would that:
- not be allowed with the max pass
- count as a single "day" (of the 5 allotted) despite technically being two sessions (day and night)
- count as two "days" (one for day session, one for night session)

Thanks!


Probably quicker to call Wachusett and ask.  Not that many of the MAX Pass locations have night skiing so I doubt there is an overall policy.  Just as it's a little different how to use a MAX Pass at the various locations depending on their lift ticket system.

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I noticed that the Max Pass isn't simply a direct walk-on pass at a good chunk of mountains, a couple of which I plan on going to this season (Big Sky, Sugarloaf). Sounds like I'll have to take my pass to the ticket window to redeem for a mtn lift pass. 

 

Anyone have experience with this? Is it a simple process? Am I able to ask for all days at once, or do I have to redeem one day at a time?

At Big Sky last year I was able to pick up my day pass for skiing after 2 pm the day before. So after each day of skiing I would visit guest services and get my ticket for the next day. Not as easy as the resorts with scanners or RFID for the MAX pass but still worth it for the price. At Brighton and Loon each morning I have to get a pass so Big Sky was better then those resorts.

 

All in all for the price I really can't complain if I have to get a pass each morning. I'm looking at 25 days of skiing with the MAX pass for $599. 

post #60 of 62

Believe it works for day skiing only. Called up Brighton before and they told me so. 

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