Aspen/Snowmass has joined with three other major independent ski resorts to form the “Mountain Collective” which will allow skiers and riders to ski Aspen/Snowmass; the Alta Ski area in Utah; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in California on one pass.
According to the ski resorts, for $349, The Mountain Collective Pass includes two free days at each of the four destinations, plus a 50 percent discount on unlimited lift tickets at each of the destinations once the complimentary days are used. Passholders will also receive lodging deals throughout the season. The Mountain Collective Pass will be available for children (ages 12 and under) for $229.
The ski resorts report that the pass enables access to eight mountains with more than 16,000 acres of terrain and more than 100 lifts. Aspen/Snowmass is located at Aspen; the Alta Ski Area is 26 miles from Salt Lake City; the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is in Teton Village, Wyoming just 12 miles northwest of Jackson Hole; and Squaw Valley is located 225 miles from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
What the resort operators don’t mention is the fact that when purchasing the Mountain Collective pass, or any pass other than a single day lift ticket, you are also required to sign a waiver of your rights. Every season we hear from folks who have suffered severe injuries due to the negligence of ski resort employees – but for those skiing on a pass, typically a waiver signed by the skier prevents a claim against the ski resort. Read all documents associated with such a purchase and consider the consequences of signing away your rights.