The Telluride Ski Resort announced Tuesday that it would be joining the Mountain Collective alliance, a collaborative pass program providing access to some of North America’s best ski mountains. For $409 ($99 for children 12 and younger), Mountain Collective pass holders receive two-day lift tickets to each of the association’s 14 resorts, in addition to other benefits and discounts.
“Telluride is excited to join the Mountain Collective family of resorts,” Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, said in a press release. “Being a part of the Mountain Collective is an outstanding opportunity for passionate skiers and snowboarders to experience Telluride’s extensive terrain and benefit the resort community as Mountain Collective pass holders add Telluride to their list of destinations to experience this winter.”
As part of the Mountain Collective pass, skiers and riders can enjoy two days at 14 ski resorts, including Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Taos, Whistler Blackcomb and others, with no blackout dates. Though Vail Resorts announced this week that it had purchased Whistler Blackcomb (see story on page 4), the resort will remain part of the Collective for the 2016-17 season, according to a Telski spokesperson.
Additional days at Collective destinations are available at a 50 percent discount, and pass holders are also eligible for Mountain Collective lodging specials.
“We are thrilled to welcome Telluride, one of the world’s truly iconic resorts to the most incredible lineup of destinations on one pass ever assembled. The Mountain Collective is made up of a collection of independently owned, big mountain, life list resorts and we couldn’t think of a better new addition than Telluride,” Christian Knapp, Aspen Skiing Company vice president of marketing, said. “With 14 destinations located around the globe, the Mountain Collective Pass is the perfect incentive for passionate skiers and riders to embark on the winter adventures they’ve long dreamed of.”
When visiting Telluride, Mountain Collective pass holders can take advantage of a lodging deal with The Peaks Resort & Spa, with 10 percent off lodging with a three-night minimum and a $150 Peaks Resort credit that can be used at the resort’s newest restaurant, Altezza at the Peaks, or The Spa at the Peaks.
The Mountain Collective pass is now available online at mountaincollective.com for $409 for adults and $99 for kids ages 12 and under. For a full list of participating resorts and pass benefits, visit the Mountain Collective website. For information on Telluride-specific benefits, or to plan a trip, visit tellurideskiresort.com.
Telski also released season pass information, including new PLUS upgrade passes, which give pass holders some but not all of the Mountain Collective benefits. With the PLUS upgrade, pass holders can get unlimited half-price lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts.
Adult season passes are on sale online for $1,200 through Oct. 14. A $200 upgrade to a PLUS pass includes unlimited half price tickets at all Mountain Collective resorts with no blackout dates and four $74 friends and family lift tickets for Telluride, according to a resort spokesperson.
Child season passes (ages 6-12) are on sale for $375, with a $100 PLUS upgrade; junior passes (ages 13-18) are on sale for $400 with a $100 upgrade; young adult passes (ages 19-24) are on sale for $800 with a $100 upgrade; senior passes (ages 65-79) are on sale for $800 with a $100 upgrade; and Palmyra passes (ages 80 and older) are free, with a $100 upgrade. Only the $200 adult upgrade includes the ability to purchase discounted friends and family tickets. Those prices are available until Oct. 14.
Season pass prices are up slightly from the 2015-16 season. Last year, adult passes sold for $1,150, child passes for $279, junior passes for $369, young adult passes for $735 and senior passes for $735.
The walk-up lift ticket price this year for an adult will be $119 during the regular season and $129 during peak season. Last year during peak season, the average ticket was $119, and during the regular season, average tickets were $114, according to a resort spokesperson.