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Forget about the movie premieres, or living vicariously through some magazine subscription. If you actually want to fuel the flames of your relationship with snowboarding, flip your couch cushions, return your bottles, and empty your swear jar – it’s time to buy a pass. Then it’s just a matter of dusting off your boots, slapping on some rub on wax and getting that dad bod out on the hill for some good times with your buds. Because no matter what marketing campaigns try to tell you, the best thing about snowboarding is ACTUALLY going snowboarding. And once you make that few hundred dollar commitment you’ll have the motivational boost you’ll need to make the rest of the snowboard process happen. Lucky for you, we here at Yobeat have done the Googling and broken down the best deals in on hill polyamory – aka the Multi Mountain Pass.
EPIC PASS– Vail Resorts’ All Inclusive Ticket to Ride
If you can handle some of the corporate bullshit that comes with the Vail family of resorts, this pass is hard to beat. The reasonable price means you’ll still have some money left for the $17 cheeseburgers and $20 parking. With the recent addition of Whistler-Blackcomb and not-so recent-addition of Kirkwood, you’ll actually have access to some decent terrain as well. Plus if you’re headed to Euroland there’s resorts in four countries over there open to you as well.
Kids 5-12 $469
(prices good through 11/19)
EPIC LOCAL– Colorado’s favorite pass
Did you know that EPIC stands for Every Prick in Colorado? All lulz aside, there’s a reason so many people buy the EPIC Local Pass. You get unlimited access to some great riding and get a few bonus days at the crown jewels of the Vail family as well. If you’re a front range local, this one is hard to beat.
Teen (13-18) $539
Child (12 and under) $359
(prices good through 11/19)
No blackouts at most resorts off I-70, and access to Utah and Tahoe resorts if you can avoid blackouts.
Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are restricted : 11/24/17–11/25/17, 12/26/17–12/31/17, 1/13/18, 2/17/18–2/18/18. Plus ten (restricted) days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Stowe, and Whistler Blackcomb.
MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE– For those with no fixed address. And a set of skis, too.
The Mountain Collective pass packs a lot of punch. 16 world-class areas, two days at each with no blackout dates. Plus some pretty impressive global partners as well. If you’re a closeted two-planker and ble$$ed with the ability to travel, this could be the pass for you. There’s even hookups at Valle Nevado if you’re heading down ol’ South America way.
$99 kids 12 & under
Ride some of the best terrain in the world, assuming you can get there.
Alta Ski Area
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Taos Ski Valley
Telluride Ski Resort
Thredbo Alpine Village
50% off additional days at the Collective mountains
Global Affiliates: Cham, Valle Nevado, Hakuba Valley, Niskeo United
TAHOE LOCAL PASS- For the Colorado of the west coast
Similar to the EPIC local, but without the I-70 headache.
Adult 19+: $589
Teen 13-18: $479
Child 5-12: $299
(Prices valid through 11/19)
Any day any time riding in Tahoe, plus five restricted days at Vail, Breckenridg, Beaver Creek, Keystone, A Basin, and Park City.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SUPER PASS – Powdrcorp’s answer to the EPIC pass.
Great bang for the buck and you don’t have to tell people you gave money to Vail. Winter Park and Copper are both great mountains and with some of the bonus days at places like Crested Butte, Alyeska, and Mt. Bachelor this pass makes a strong case to be a little less EPIC than everyone else. Ride 4 days and you’ve paid for the pass.
Teen (13-17) – $499
Child (6-12) $359
College (Student ID req’d) $499
Ten discounted friends and family passes at Winter Park and Copper, and four in Steamboat if you want to ride with some Texans. If you’re feeling international there’s seven days of riding included at a handful of resorts in New Zealand, Japan, and Iceland.
Plus 6 days at Steamboat, and 3 days at Crested Butte, Mt. Bachelor, and Alyeska.
M.A.X. PASS – the Multi-Alpine eXperience
This one is kind of like The Mountain Collective, only with even more resorts included. That means wherever you live you could spend the season making road trips and get your money’s worth out of this pass. It’s not cheap as a stand-alone, but if you’re already buying a pass at a participating resort you can add access to the rest of the network for a pretty low rate.
Add on (with purchase of a pass from a participating resort) $379
Even midwest riders can ride for under $30 a day and explore different resorts in their region.
A lot of places. Like 44 different mountains in the US and Canada.
PEAK PASS- East coast all-in-one
If you live in Philly, New York, or Boston, this has your name all over it. Gives you access to the mountains you’ll actually be riding this season. Plus the pricing might be the only thing giving millennials a break right now.
Ranger (18-29) $399
If you’re under 30, you can ride for way less than those chumps out west.
Because you live by the beach and want snowboard, Shaun White’s ski areas offer you a pass that’s good at em all! Avoid the mazes and queues and get yourself straight to the lifts for the best damn parks, terrain and views you’ll ever see, damn it.
CO$T: $1049, $799 if you’re under 22, $349 for the wee ones.
PERKS: No blackouts (unless you cause em yourself), access to free breakfast at Mammoth, 5 chances to bring a friend for half off (and make em pay for 100% of gas), deals in the shop when you forget your gloves and invites to exclusive shit for cool people.
GOOD AT: Mammoth, June, Bear and Snow Summit