Stowe and Taos Join Mountain Collective for 2015-16 Season

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, by Michael Schrantz at ski.curbed.com

Photo courtesy of Taos Ski Valley

Photo courtesy of Taos Ski Valley

The Mountain Collective has turned its resort total up to 11 with the addition of Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico and Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Stowe is the collective's first East Coast resort, while Taos brings even more gnar to the ski pass' offerings. Sun Valley and Thredbo were already new to the collective for the upcoming season, but the addition of two more well-known resorts (and only a $30 price bump to $399) makes this pass look even better for the traveling powder hound.

The pass includes two days at Stowe, Taos and the nine other resorts already participating in the collective: Sun Valley, AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Thredbo and Whistler Blackcomb.

Stowe gives the collective a marquee East Coast destination with 2,360 vertical feet, 485 skiable acres and more than 300 inches of snow each season. Without another nearby destination, the addition of Stowe will likely have the strongest appeal for East Coast skiers who already plan on burning some vacation days skiing this winter.

Taos is less of a geographic departure for the pass but opens up access to the resort's new Kachina Peak Lift, which hits 12,450 feet, as well as the resort's famous terrain — still including plenty of hike-to lines for the purists.

The Mountain Collective pass also includes a 50 percent discount on additional days at any resort, making it easy to extend a vacation, and kids under 12 can join in for $99.

· Mountain Collective [Official site]