“Ski the world’s best, mountain after mountain.” The Mountain Collective Ski Pass is the premier pass in the world because along with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the “best winter destinations on the planet” are at your disposal for a mere $449. The pass includes two days at every Mountain Collective resort, including newly added Stowe, Sun Valley, Taos and Threadbo, plus numerous add-ons and special discounts. Pass holders can chase the snow whenever and wherever it’s falling.
One of the best parts about visiting a new resort is figuring out the secret powder stashes and hidden gems, local watering holes and underground dining spots. We are not going to spoil everything, however we compiled tips for every Mountain Collective resort that we believe must be on your radar when visiting.
Alta & Snowbird: Alta is only open to skiers, but Snowbird is an egalitarian resort. Grab an après beverage at The Peruvian Lodge’s bar. This classic slopeside hotel is a snapshot of the good old days of skiing.
Sun Valley: Known as the birthplace of destination skiing, this Idaho ski resort offers two world-class mountains. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy varied terrain as well as North America’s largest super pipe at Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain. After the slopes, kick back with the locals at Grumpy’s, a popular hangout known for its burgers and beer.
Aspen Snowmass: Four mountains make up the Aspen Snowmass quartet Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands, and Buttermilk. Each brings different terrain, culture, and attributes. No matter which mountain you choose, a beer from Aspen Brewing Company is the perfect post-ski libation.
Jackson Hole: You already know about the waffles at Corbett’s Cabin, the live music at The Mangy Moose, and the après scene at Spur. You may not know that Jackson Hole’s 2015-16 ski season will be the one not to miss as they celebrate its 50th anniversary. The ski season will not only be packed with world class skiing, but retro style events and throw back weekends, an amped up Rendezvous Festival and an incredible 50th anniversary gala. Celebrate in style when you stay at Hotel Terra. Book our Mountain Collective offer, exclusive for pass holders, and enjoy up to 30%.
Mammoth Mountain Access the uncrowded backside of Mammoth, Southern California’s favorite mountain, by heading straight to the Panorama Upper Gondola. With loads of Black and Double Black terrain, Panorama Upper is the go-to spot on a deep powder day in Mammoth.
Stowe Mountain Resort: With more than 300 inches of snowfall annually and 116 trails, Stowe Mountain Resort is an excellent winter getaway offering adventure seekers the thrill of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. When you’re done on the slopes, stop by The Matterhorn to listen to live music and enjoy a range of menu items, they have everything from sushi to burgers.
Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine : Boasting some of the most breathtaking views in the world, Banff and Lake Louise are stunning locales for skiers. After exploring the three resorts included on the Mountain Collective, you would be remiss if you and your family came and went without enjoying a hot chocolate in the classic Fairmont Hotel.
Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows: Head straight to the KT22 Express Chairlift at Squaw Valley. Waiting in line for KT22 means you have a front-row seat for watching locals and courageous visitors huck themselves off The Fingers zone. In the afternoon, carve out time for an après beer at Le Chamois, one of the coolest post-ski bars around.
Taos: While there is plenty of challenging and expert-level terrain, Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico is a great ski and snowboard area for beginner and intermediates. The charming ski town also has plenty of dining and entertainment options when you’re ready to take a break from the slopes. Stop by the Stray Dog Cantina, a local favorite après ski spot for margaritas that are both delicious and strong.
Thredbo: Thredbo ski resort is one of Australia’s premier resorts in the Snowy Mountains. With the longest and most vertical terrain in Australia, even the most advanced skiers will be challenged. Still a novice? There are plenty of beginner and intermediate slopes specifically designed at the ideal pitch for learning to master the slopes. Whether beginner or pro, don’t forget your camera or GoPro to capture the gorgeous scenery.
Whistler Blackcomb: The two-headed British Columbian monster resort that Mountain Collective gets you access to 8,100 acres of top-notch terrain and a legendary nightlife. When you’re there, be sure to ride the “Peak 2 Peak” gondola that links Whistler Mountain with Blackcomb Glacier, it’s a feat of engineering genius and a ride your kids will love.
So, there you have it, a few insider tips to the main Mountain Collective resorts. 22 days total at The Collective destinations (2 days/destination) promise to make the 2015–16 winter one to remember and make The Mountain Collective the most coveted ski pass in the world.
We want to know what your advice is when visiting these resorts. Instagram or Tweet to us @HotelTerra with your tips for The Mountain Collective pass holder using the hashtag #MtnCollectiveTips. And, when you visit Jackson Hole, be sure to call Hotel Terra your home!
Now, who is going to visit every Mountain Collective resort this winter? We know there’s someone out there who will accept the challenge!