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Powder Alliance adds Japan for 2016-17, reciprocal 3 free days by 15 ski areas [Snowbasin, Crested Butte, Bridger, . . .]

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The Powder Alliance grew a little for 2016-17.  Perhaps noting that Vail and the Mountain Collective include places outside North America, the new Alliance destination is in Japan.  Kiroro has joined the party.

 

http://www.powderalliance.com/kiroro-japan/

 

The idea behind the Powder Alliance is that people who buy unlimited season passes at Alliance ski areas get three reciprocal free days at each of the other places.  Blackout dates vary a bit, with some allowing 7-day access non-holiday while others do not allow free days to be used on a Saturday.

 

The better known places include Snowbasin, Bridger Bowl, and Crested Butte.  The others in North America are all out  west: Angel Fire, Arizona Snowbowl, China Peak, Mountain High,  Mt Hood Ski Bowl, Schweitzer, Sierra at Tahoe, Silver Star, Snowbasin, Stevens, Timberline, Whitewater.

 

 

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Found the Powder Alliance map on the Schweitzer website.  Only the North American ski areas.

 

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Doesn't really make a difference to people who plan to take advantage of the Powder Alliance perks by buying a season pass to one of the ski areas, but Mountain High and Crested Butte have joined the MAX Pass for 2016-17.  The MAX Pass gives a pass holder 5 days with no blackout dates at all 32 ski areas for add-on price of $299.  Powder Alliance perks provide 3 days, usually not including Saturdays and there can be holiday black out dates.

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Doesn't really make a difference to people who plan to take advantage of the Powder Alliance perks by buying a season pass to one of the ski areas, but Mountain High and Crested Butte have joined the MAX Pass for 2016-17.  The MAX Pass gives a pass holder 5 days with no blackout dates at all 32 ski areas for add-on price of $299.  Powder Alliance perks provide 3 days, usually not including Saturdays and there can be holiday black out dates.

Interesting--I haven't seen any publicity from this at all from Mountain High, and I can't find any mention on their website. Their Anyday Pass that the MAX Pass website lists as eligible is on sale for $349 + $10 handling. If it really is eligible for a MAX Pass upgrade, that's $658 for all of MAX plus all of Powder Alliance (plus unlimited Mountain High and 3 days each at Snow Valley and Brian Head). That really sounds like a good deal for someone who wants to do some traveling...

 

13 days near SLC (3 at Snowbasin, 5 at Brighton, 5 at Solitude)

8 days at Crested Butte (5 MAX, 3 Powder Alliance)

13 days near Seattle (5 at Crystal, 5 at Snoqualmie, 3 at Stevens)

11 days in Oregon (5 at Bachelor, 3 at Timberline, 3 at Skibowl)

11 days in British Columbia (5 at Cypress, 3 at Silver Star, 3 at Whiteriver)

8 days at Tahoe (5 at Boreal, 3 at Sierra)

15 days near Denver (5 each Eldora, Copper, Winter Park)

8 days near Bozeman (5 Big Sky, 3 Bridger)

 

Plus a nice smattering of other areas with free skiing. If I didn't have to work this winter, I'd have a blast with this pass.

 

I wonder if Mountain High's under an embargo not to advertise it, since it seems like plenty of folks might choose to spend the extra $9 to get this instead of just the MAX Pass at $649.

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I wonder if Mountain High's under an embargo not to advertise it, since it seems like plenty of folks might choose to spend the extra $9 to get this instead of just the MAX Pass at $649.

Sure enough, just after their big Labor Day sale ended, info on the MAX Pass went up: http://www.mthigh.com/site/connect/blog/authors/john_mccolly/mountain-high-now-part-of-the-max/index.html

 

I still don't see any info on the MAX Pass add-on at Snowshoe's website although they do have a link to buy the full MAX Pass (a dollar more than the Snowshoe Unlimited pass plus the add-on).

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I wonder if Mountain High's under an embargo not to advertise it, since it seems like plenty of folks might choose to spend the extra $9 to get this instead of just the MAX Pass at $649.

Sure enough, just after their big Labor Day sale ended, info on the MAX Pass went up: http://www.mthigh.com/site/connect/blog/authors/john_mccolly/mountain-high-now-part-of-the-max/index.html

 

I still don't see any info on the MAX Pass add-on at Snowshoe's website although they do have a link to buy the full MAX Pass (a dollar more than the Snowshoe Unlimited pass plus the add-on).


Very interesting.  So someone who gets a season pass at Mt High and the MAX Pass gets to consider a few days at 14 Powder Alliance places, 30-some MAX Pass places, plus Brian Head, UT and Snow Valley, CA.

 

As for Snowshoe, discussion on DCSki seems to indicate MAX Pass add-on is possible.  But not completely clear yet.

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