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Dropping into powder at Winter Park.

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Regional multi-resort season passes are back, and they are must-haves. Coalitions of regional ski resorts have created multi-resort season passes where skiers and riders benefit with more lifts, more acreage and more runs. This year, a new addition even includes a Kids Ski Free pass in Colorado.

Spring is the time to leap on these season passes for the best rates. Some passes increase prices in early April while others keep their lowest rates later. Check out the details on the pass that best meets your regional needs.

1. Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass comes in two versions that provide lift access to two or more Colorado ski resorts. Both of the Super Passes provide unlimited access to Winter Park and Copper Mountain. The basic Super Pass limits to those two resorts, but the Super Pass Plus brings Eldora into the mix in addition to a handful of days at Steamboat, Crested Butte and Alyeska. The Super Pass also adds on a week of lifts at five international resorts: Mt. Ruapehu and Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand and Tomamu, Alts Bandai, and Nekoma in Japan.

Kids can get a free season pass at Winter Park with the purchase of an adult pass. - ©Winter Park

Kids can get a free season pass at Winter Park with the purchase of an adult pass.

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For families, Winter Park and Copper Mountain have one-upped most other resorts with a new Kids Ski Free pass that has no blackout dates. One Kids Ski Free Pass is available with the purchase of an adult pass, including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass or Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus. Buying two adult passes can get you two kids passes. The Kids Ski Free Pass can also get tacked onto the unlimited passes at Winter Park and Copper Mountain: Winter Park Pass, Route 40 Pass, Copper Season Pass and Copper Secret! Season Pass.  

2. California

For Southern California skiers, the Cali4nia Pass returns. It combines access to Mammoth Mountain, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain. While the pass covers winter 2016/17, passholders can start using it this spring, a season that bodes to run longer than recent springs due to the El Niño snowfall. At purchase, it is valid for the remainder of this season at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Starting April 11, it adds on lift access at Mammoth through the end of this season.

Sun and powder at Sierra-at-Tahoe, California. - ©Sierra-at-Tahoe

Sun and powder at Sierra-at-Tahoe, California.

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3. The West

The Powder Alliance is back for 2016/17 with 14 ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains, West Coast and British Columbia making up its arsenal: Sierra-at-Tahoe, China Peak, Mountain High, Arizona Snowbowl, Angel Fire Resort, Crested Butte, Snowbasin, Stevens Pass, Timberline, Mt. Hood Skibowl, Bridger Bowl, Schweitzer, Whitewater and Silverstar. Access to Powder Alliance benefits comes with purchase of unrestricted season passes at one of these mountains. The home pass adds on three days of lift access at each of the other ski resorts. You’ll need to dodge blackout dates, which vary for each resort but mostly land on peak holidays and sometimes Saturdays.

4. New England

In the Northeast, Sunday River, Loon Mountain and Sugarloaf combine under the 2016/17 New England Pass. The pass comes in a gold, silver and bronze version with varying levels of benefits and lift access. The gold has no restrictions; it’s an unlimited pass that can be used anytime. The silver has 13 blackout days. The bronze is a weekday-only version that includes blackout dates. College students can buy a special unrestricted New England Pass. 


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