For Immediate Release
Stowe and Taos Join the Mountain Collective™ for 2015-16 Season
Passholders Now Have Access to the Best Terrain on the East Coast and in New Mexico
STOWE, Vermont; TAOS, New Mexico – August 11, 2015 – The Mountain Collective™ has widened their geographic reach with the addition of two iconic destinations to its roster. Stowe joins the Mountain Collective as their first resort on the East Coast, while Taos extends passholder access into New Mexico. The resorts join Sun Valley, AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb in offering unparalleled access to the best ski and snowboard terrain the world has to offer.
Stowe Mountain Resort, located just outside the vibrant city of Burlington in northern Vermont, offers the best of East Coast skiing and riding between the inter-connected Spruce Peak and Mt. Mansfield, the highest elevation in the state. Stowe regularly receives over 300 inches of snow each season and covers 80% of their diverse terrain with world-class snowmaking, offering the very best snow surfaces east of the Rocky Mountains. Passholders will have access to 485 acres of terrain over a 2,360 foot vertical drop.
“Stowe Mountain Resort is delighted to be part of Mountain Collective,” says Robert McEleney, President & CEO of Stowe Mountain Resort. “As the only Eastern resort amongst 11 distinctive and iconic destinations, Stowe offers a superlative overall experience both on and off the mountain to the most discerning skiers and riders traveling in this part of North America. Stowe Mountain Resort, a place we call ‘bigger than a mountain,’ combines skiing’s most storied history with new enhancements that range from outdoor ice skating to a new children’s Adventure Center and base area village at Spruce Peak.”
Taos, New Mexico has long been appreciated as an authentic, big mountain experience, from wide-open groomers and bowls to tree-lined glades, bumps and chutes. Topping out at 12,450 feet, their Kachina Peak Lift gives guests direct access to expansive terrain along with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Passholders will enjoy newly renovated base area facilities and a world class ski school.
"Taos Ski Valley is extremely excited and proud to join Mountain Collective and such a legendary group of resorts that make up the Collective," said Gordon Briner, CEO of Taos Ski Valley. "With some of the most unique terrain in the southern Rocky Mountains and exciting new resort developments and improvements happening, including the newly added Kachina Lift that delivers skiers and riders to over 12,400', we cannot wait to share our legendary terrain and authentic experience with a new group of guests."
Mountain Collective passes are now on sale for $399 US. The Mountain Collective™ Pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the eleven destinations (AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Stowe, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Taos, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb), plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates. Pricing for kids aged 12 and under is $99 for the 2015-16 season, making the Mountain Collective™ Pass an ideal option for families.
The Mountain Collective™ Pass grants access to 21 mountains with more than 43,400 acres of terrain and 271 lifts and an unmatched reputation for snow quality, quantity and steeps. Passes are available online through an exclusive technology, distribution and marketing partnership with Liftopia at www.MountainCollective.com. A limited number of passes are now available for only $399 US while supplies last.
“Stowe maintains a very long-standing position as one of the most prestigious resorts in New England. Taos is nothing short of a legend in the West and is commencing a substantial capital investment effort, including base area village redevelopment and other on-mountain enhancements,” said Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth. “We are pleased to add these two resorts to the Mountain CollectiveTM pass, giving skiers and riders an unbeatable value and even more access to the most incredible destinations across the country this season and beyond.”
In addition to being able to ski or ride at eleven leading destinations, extra benefits available to Mountain Collective pass holders include exclusive lodging deals and two bonus days at Valle Nevado, Chile and the Hakuba Valley, Japan. Additionally, passes come with a complimentary, one-year Protect Our Winters (protectourwinters.org) membership. The Mountain Collective is committed to being in business forever and proudly partners with Protect Our Winters with the mission of uniting the winter sports community on the important issue of climate change. The partnership also offers a 50 percent discount on lift tickets to premier season pass holders at the participating resorts throughout the season.
Visit www.MountainCollective.com or call (800) 705-6286 for more information.
About Mountain Collective
The Mountain Collective™ is an international alliance of premier ski destinations providing the Mountain Collective™ Pass, a lift ticket that includes two days of riding at all partner resorts and 50% off additional days at each resort. The Mountain Collective™ includes AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine, Stowe, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Taos, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb – resorts that are focused on providing the best in snow terrain for skiers and snowboarders.