Colorado ski areas have discovered that more is better – more choice with many of the offered season passes this year.

The Vail Resorts Epic Pass last season included ski areas in Colorado, Nevada and California. This year the company is offering the Epic Pass to 26 mountains and four countries.  In the last 10 months the company has purchased Afton Alps in Minnesota, Eldora in Colorado and taken over the Canyons in Utah (and moved to evict the owners of adjacent Park City) plus added five days of skiing at 13 ski areas in Austria and France.

The Premier Pass offered by Aspen provides unlimited skiing and riding on any of resort’s four mountains during the winter season as well as access on summer lifts at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain plus discounts on bike haul fees at Snowmass.  But the “Early Price” is $1939 for an adult.

Aspen’s Mountain Collective is a deal at $379 for an adult pass, and provides 12 days total at The Collective destinations:

  •  2 days at AltaSnowbird
  • 2 days at Aspen/Snowmass2 days at Jackson Hole
  • 2 days at Mammoth
  • 2 days at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
  • 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass™ Plus gives you unlimited skiing and riding at Copper and Winter Park / Mary Jane, six days at Steamboat, and three days at Monarch. Zero blackout dates for $419/adult.  Plus free five days of skiing at Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand!

But the boutique resorts are also offering benefits with passes. If you buy a pass product just through A-Basin or Taos, N.M. for this coming season, you get two reciprocal days at one of those resorts. Though A-Basin is still on the Epic Pass, Taos is not.

Telluride is offering 3 free days at Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah with its season pass.  And new for 2013-2014, Loveland Season Passes now include 3 free days at Crested Butte.

So shop for the best combo for your ski tastes, and avoid getting stuck at a single resort all season.

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