Intrawest, Powdr, Boyne ski resort operators unveil M.A.X. Pass | SteamboatToday.com

Intrawest, Powdr, Boyne ski resort operators unveil M.A.X. Pass

Participating M.A.X. Pass resorts

Intrawest: Steamboat and Winter Park; Mont Tremblant, Quebec; Stratton, Vermont; Snowshoe, West Virginia; and Blue Mountain, Ontario.

Boyne Resorts: Cypress Mountain, B.C.; Sugarloaf and Sunday River Resort in Maine; Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands in Michigan; Big Sky Resort, Montana; Loon Mountain, New Hampshire; Brighton, Utah; and Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington.

Powdr Corp: Copper Mountain; Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in Vermont; Mount Bachelor, Oregon; Boreal Resort and Soda Springs Resort at Donner Summit, California; and Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Nevada.

Skiers that have purchased a qualifying season pass at their preferred participating resort are eligible to purchase the M.A.X. Pass add-on for $249 for adults, $199 for teens (ages 13 to 17), $149 for kids (ages 6 to 12), and $29 for children (5 and under). The M.A.X. Pass add-on provides five days of skiing/riding at each participating resort, except those accessible with the qualifying season pass. For more information, visit http://www.theMAXpass.co…

— Steamboat Ski Area parent company Intrawest Resorts announced Tuesday a new alliance with Powdr Corp. and Boyne Resorts that will allow skiers and snowboarders with an urge to travel the chance to purchase a M.A.X. Pass and spend five days at each of 22 mountains stretching from New England to Colorado and British Columbia.

The pass features no blackout dates and can be purchased for as little as $699 for adults during the 2015-16 season.

The acronym M.A.X. stands for Multi-Alpine Experience. There is an up-charge rate for holders of season passes at participating resorts who want to add M.A.X. Pass privileges.

Prices go up May 1, but skiers can lock in the lowest price with a $49 down payment and the balance due in mid-September, according to a joint news release from the three participating resort operators. Sales are online only at http://www.theMAXpass.com.

Intrawest CEO Tom Marano said he believes the M.A.X. Pass provides skiers with the flexibility to experience new ski areas while saving money compared to what they would spend to purchase day passes at several resorts.

"We joined forces with Boyne Resorts and Powdr to develop an innovative product that provides access to more incredible mountains in North America than any other pass in the market," Marano was quoted saying in a prepared statement. "Our goal is to provide our guests with a pass that provides maximum choice on when, where and how long they ski at a great value."

Vail Resorts has also released its 2015-16 Epic Pass rates – $769 for adults and $399 for children with no blackout dates. They offer unlimited skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin; Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California; Afton Alps, Minnesota; and Mount Brighton, Michigan.

There is a schedule of descending prices for teens, children and younger children, both on full M.A.X. passes and add-ons to season passes.

In addition to Steamboat, Intrawest sibling Winter Park and nearby Powdr ski area Copper Mountain, some of the standout M.A.X. Pass destinations for skiers who look to the west include Boyne's Big Sky Resort south of Bozeman, Montana, and Powdr's Mount Bachelor in the Central Oregon Cascades.

The complete early spring M.A.X. Pass rates for those who do not intend to purchase a season pass are $699 for adults, $499 for teens (ages 13 to 17), $249 for kids (ages 6 to 12) and $29 for children (5 and under). These introductory prices are available for a limited time.

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