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Whistler Blackcomb - ©Paul Morrison

Cruising in powder at Whistler Blackcomb.

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Season pass wars for the 2016/17 season have started. The Mountain Collective launched its new pass with a candy-coated treat: New Zealand destinations. While skiers and riders can get their value out of the Mountain Collective ski pass by staying in North America, it is now an enhanced deal for international travellers. It is the largest worldwide ski pass with destinations in the most countries.

For the 2016/17 season, the Mountain Collective sugared up the pass with two New Zealand destinations: Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. The pair sit outside Queenstown on the South Island where the ski season runs mid-June through mid-October. Coronet Peak, New Zealand’s first commercial ski area, gains popularity due to its close proximity to Queesntown, night skiing and ski touring options. Set in The Remarkables, the ski area by the same name soaks up views of iconic New Zealand mountains plus below to Lake Wakatipu, the country’s longest lake.

Meet Coronet Peak and The Remarkables:

The Mountain Collective now includes 14 full-partner destinations. In North America, Stowe is the only ski resort on the East Coast. Western U.S. resorts include TellurideTaos, Sun Valley, Alta-Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows. Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke and Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village are the ski resorts in Canada. Coronet Peak-The Remarkables join Australia’s Thredbo to double South Pacific destinations.

A skier descend under the gondola at Stowe. - ©Spruce Park Realty LLC

A skier descend under the gondola at Stowe.

Copyright: Spruce Park Realty LLC

With the New Zealand additions and affiliate partners, the Mountain Collective Pass now includes seven countries. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. contribute 14 destinations as full partners. But passholders can also ski two days at affiliate resorts in Valle Nevado, Chile; Hakuba Valley, Japan and Chamonix Mont Blanc, France.

So what does the pass get you? Two days of skiing or riding at each destination. Some destinations include multiple resorts, so the two days of lift tickets must cover both. Those are Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Lake Louise/Sunshine Village, Telluride, Revelstoke, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Coronet Peak/The Remarkables. Once you have used your two days at any destination, you can purchase additional lift tickets at 50 percent off.

Tram and Teton views at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. - ©Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Tram and Teton views at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Copyright: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

What about holidays? You’re good to go. Mountain Collective passes have no blackout dates.

Mountain Collective passes launched at $409 USD for adults. Kids can ski ultra cheap. Children 12-and-under ski for $99. Other benefits include special lodging deals. The pass also includes membership in Protect Our Winters.

For a further look at the new additions to the Mountain Collective, meet the two New Zealand resorts:

Coronet Peak


The Remarkables


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