Sugarbush, Stratton, Vail, Mount Snow and Okemo just dropped big news about next season’s (2017/18) passes. Along with joining the Mountain Collective, Sugarbush offers discounted adult passes and free spring skiing for the rest of the 2016-17 season. Vail announced it’s Epic Pass pricing (which is expected to include Stowe, once the sale closes) and Mount Snow, Bolton Valley, Stratton and a few others have some great deals.
This year, Okemo’s early-bird offerings can save you up to $526 on adult unlimited season passes. The Ultimate Pass, offered at $1,139 until April 30, includes unlimited skiing and riding at Okemo and its sister resort, Mount Sunapee, in New Hampshire, along with an additional three days at Killington Resort. The Ultimate Pass will also include four full-day “buddy” lift tickets at a discounted price of $59, plus unlimited access to Okemo’s ice rink and Nordic center. In the summers, pass holders will have access to Okemo’s Adventure Zone and evolution bike park. The price will increase to $1,619 after April 30. Okemo’s Classic Pass, which features unlimited skiing and riding at Okemo and Sunapee, is offered at $849 until April 30, at which time the price will be raised to $1,375. Click here to see additional options.
The MAX Pass returns with five days of skiing at 44 mountains this year, totaling 220 available days to hit the slopes. The pass, offered now at an early-bird price of $629, extends an “add-on” option to pass holders at any of the participating resorts for $329. The add-on gives access to all other mountains on the MAX Pass for the designated five days. Returning Vermont resorts include Okemo, Killington, Pico Mountain and Stratton, and six new additions to the pass include: Belleayre Mountain (NY), Gore Mountian (NY), Granite Peak (WI), Lusten Resort (MN), Whiteface Mountain (NY) and Windham Mountain (NY).
For 2017/18, Sugarbush Resort offers adult Premium Passes for $799, with additional discounts for seniors (ages 65-79: $699; ages 80-89: $149; ages 90+ ski free), youth (ages 7-18: $349), young adults (ages 19-29: $349), and new this year, a 30’s pass, which offers skiers and riders ages 30-39 a season pass for $549.
This year, Sugarbush joins the Mountain Collective, one of the widest-ranging multi-resort passes ever (replacing Stowe, which was part of the Mountain Collective last year). The early season deal is $399 which earns you 2 days free skiing at each of 16 resorts and additional days for half price (a total of 32 days). It’s a sweet collection which includes Alta and Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Banff/Sunshine, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Revelstoke, Snowbasin, Squaw Valley, Sun Valley, Taos, Telluride and Thredbo in Australia. There are no blackout dates and only a limited number of passes will be sold at this price. The best part? For kids 12 and under the pass costs just $1. mountaincollective.com
Vail Resorts’ much anticipated 2017/18 Epic Pass went on sale today for $859 (and if you buy your Epic Pass before April 9, you get 6 buddy tickets at a fixed price–that was not published.) As of now, the 2017/18 Epic Pass is good for unlimited days at Vail Resort’s 13 resorts. These include Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Perisher (2018 access) and Arapahoe Basin.
It is expected to also include Stowe Mountain Resort, whose operations Vail intends to purchase and add to its portfolio. “We’re excited to continue to provide our guests with exceptional experiences and build upon the unprecedented value of the Epic Pass with the addition of Whistler Blackcomb and Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-2018 winter season,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. Vail expects to close on the Stowe sale after the close of the season, however the “6 buddy passes” deal is only good through April 9.
Epic Pass holders also get limited access to 30 European ski resorts including Verbier and Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées in France; Arlberg in Austria; and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy. www.snow.com
Stratton’s early deals feature a slew of new options with a wide range of pricing. The Summit Pass ($1279) includes early lift access on weekends and holidays, a new “Kids Ski Free” perk, and early access guess pass and five-day access to Tremblant and Blue & Snowshoe Resorts. Next on the pricing tier is the Spirit Pass ($799), which offers unlimited access and a $299 option for ages 7 though 17. A low, $399 option called the Value Pass is valid every day, with the exception of 17 black-out dates. Stratton’s young adult pass, the Strattitude, is offered to skiers and riders ages 19-29 for $349, and the Sunday Pass is offered at just $229 to all ages.
Burke Mountain and Jay Peak will once again join forces with the Judge Pass which gives full access to both mountains all winter long. The Burke-only season pass goes on sale on March 11 and will remain the same price points in tier 1 with adult passes starting at just $599. Pass holders also have the option to add a Burke Bike Park season pass to their winter season pass purchase for just $99/adult and/or $49/junior. Pass holders who purchase an adult, senior 1 or 2, couples or Family pass will receive 2 complimentary buddy vouchers valid to ski/ride Burke Mountain during the 2017/18 winter season. www.skiburke.com
Mount Snow’s 2017/18 Peak Pass, which debuted last season, went on sale on March 3 and you have until April 30 to get the early season discount. The Peak Pass features a total of six pass options valid at seven different mountain locations across four states in the Northeast. Resorts include Mount Snow in Vermont; Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched Mountains in New Hampshire; Hunter Mountain in New York; and Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania.
The top-level Explorer Pass features access to unlimited skiing and riding starting at $399 for youth ages 7 to 17, and only $599 for adults, if purchased by April 30, 2017. Along with unlimited access to seven resorts, the Explorer Pass features retail, lodging, and bring-a-friend discounts/
Other passes include the Drifter Pass, priced at $399 for 18-29 year olds; the Ranger Pass at $499 (all ages), featuring 11 blacked out holiday dates; the Traveler Pass at $299 (all ages) that offers midweek-only skiing and riding; and the Scout Pass at just $60 for seven-resort access for children ages six and younger. All spring prices are valid until April 30, 2017, and offer the additional bonus of skiing for the remainder of the 2016-2017 spring skiing season.
Avid skiers and snowboarders may purchase the passes outright, or take advantage of a $99-down payment plan. Payment plan participants will also be able to ski the remainder of this season while paying off their pass in four equal, monthly payments starting in May. www.mountsnow.com
At Middlebury College Snow Bowl, if you buy next year’s season pass now you can ski for free all March. Stratton expects to announce its early season pass pricing (a savings of $300 on a pass) shortly and other resort will be as well. We will update this page with new information as we get it.
Photo: Courtesy Sugarbush Resort