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Sunshine and powder at Steamboat in Colorado.

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The biggest multi-resort season pass for 2016/2017 just got bigger. The MAX Pass bumped up access for next winter to 39 mountains across the U.S. and Canada.

The M.A.X. Pass, a cooperative venture between Intrawest, Boyne and Powdr, boasts access to the most resorts. Despite the increase in resorts, the cost of the pass this spring is lower than last year when the three corporations first introduced the pass.

A season pass for travelers, the new resorts added to the 16/17 pass include Alyeska, Solitude, Wachusett and more. Although the pass limits the number of days you can ski at each resort, it is valid for 160 days on the slopes. 

The M.A.X. Pass also has a second advantage for travelers. Its lack of blackout dates lets passholders use it during holidays and peak travel times. You can hit the lifts any day of the season, from first chair of fall openings to last chair at spring closings. If you schedule trips right, you can be skiing from November through May at Mt. Bachelor or Killington.

Cutting the corduroy at Sunday River in Maine. - ©Sunday River

Cutting the corduroy at Sunday River in Maine.

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The M.A.X Pass is now available for $699, for adults. Adults who have a qualifying season pass at one of the resorts in the program can buy the M.A.X. add-on version for $349. Teen, youth and child rates are available for both versions of the M.A.X. Pass.

The M.A.X. Pass has one minor hassle factor. Between RFID and other direct-to-lift scanning, technology allows skiers to hop straight on a chairlift with the pass at nine of the participating resorts. At the others, skiers need to take the pass to the ticket office to pick up a lift ticket for the day.

Contrary to other multi-resort season passes that include international benefits, the M.A.X. Pass is only valid at resorts in North America. The bulk of the 39 resorts in the pass are in the U.S. with three in Canada. Here’s the full list of the 39 resorts included in the M.A.X. Pass:

West Coast

Alaska: Alyeska

Washington: Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie

Oregon: Mt. Bachelor

California: Boreal and Mountain High

Nevada: Lee Canyon 

Rocky Mountains

Montana: Big Sky

Utah: Brighton and Solitude

Colorado: Copper, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Winter Park, Eldora


Michigan: Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and Buck Hill 


Maine: Sunday River and Sugarloaf

Vermont: Killington, Pico Mountain, Okemo and Stratton

New Hampshire: Loon Mountain and Mount Sunapee

Massachusetts: Wachusett

West Virginia: Snowshoe

New Jersey: Mountain Creek


British Columbia: Cypress Mountain, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse, Kimberly Alpine Resort, Nakiska

Ontario: Blue Mountain

Quebec, Canada: Mont Tremblant, Mont Sainte-Anne, Stoneham


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