Who might get added to the MAX Pass by this Fall, in order to fulfill the "Stay Tuned" tease for a big mountain addition from Facebook?
That question kept bugging me most of the day yesterday, so I tried to do a little research and narrow down a possible list.
If you take a look at the resorts in the West and Mountain maps above one thing stands out, basically every western resort is tied to Powdr, Intrawest, Boyne, Triple Peaks, or RCR.
The setup seems organized to draw local skiers from coastal metropolitan areas to a specific list of destination resorts. Resorts have been added in the last couple of years based on providing a larger local coastal clientele, and not necessarily destination resort options (Solitude I think was a necessary addition to buttress Brighton as on out-of-state destination option vs the new Park City or Alta-Snowbird)
What are the exceptions to this formula? This is where I think the list of possible additions can be found.
Solitude is owned by Deer Valley. Alyeska is independent, but the RMSP+ provides multiple days in AK. Mountain High seems to be independent (?) and in the Powder Alliance, but really seems be the local link to the Southern California market.
So who does that leave?
Deer Valley: Solitude is already on the list, but personally I doubt Deer Valley is going to do anything to tarnish the vibe of luxury exclusivity they foster.
Other resorts connected to Powdr, Intrawest, Boyne, or RCR passes. This could mean Mt Hood Meadows, with a link to the WP Route 40 Pass, and the international destinations already linked to the RMSP+.
Other options would draw skiers away from the destination resorts of the major operators--which is a big factor I assume in the economics of the MAX Pass.
Conclusion: I do not expect any truly significant North American additions, based on how the MAX Pass is economically and corporately organized, but they may add an international element in order to make up that difference with the Epic Pass and MCP.