With 16 destinations under its umbrella, the $519 Mountain Collective pass—good for two days at each resort—is one of the best deals to grace the ski industry. The main concern is how to take advantage of all those opportunities. Though road tripping is generally considered a warm-weather activity, this seasonal protocol presents a progressive itinerary that takes adventurers to six of the participating Mountain Collective resorts within reasonable driving distance of Aspen—and each other.
Aspen to Telluride Ski Resort: 205 miles Drive time: 5 ½ hours
What’s new in Telluride: A 15-acre terrain-based teaching facility and new 300-foot magic carpet
Where to sleep: The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride’s largest hotel. The Spa at the Peaks recently partnered with Naturopathica, a New York-based skincare line and holistic spa.
Where to eat: Allred’s. Telluride’s flagship restaurant at the top of the gondola offers amazing views from its perch at 11,000 feet.
Where to drink: Altezza at the Peaks. This casual bar offers panoramic views of nearby Mount Wilson, one of Colorado’s famed fourteeners.
Telluride Ski Resort to Alta Ski Area: 368 miles
Drive time: 8 ½ hours
What’s new in Alta: The new Supreme lift is 5,030 feet long with a 1,200-foot vertical rise, and ride time of just under six minutes.
Where to sleep: Mountain Collective pass holders receive a 25 percent discount at Alta’s Rustler Lodge on stays Sunday through Thursday.
Where to eat: The Shallow Shaft Restaurant is Little Cottonwood Canyon’s only independent fine-dining restaurant. It overlooks the Wasatch Range and Alta Ski Area.
Where to drink: The P-Dog at the Alta Peruvian Lodge is a true locals’ hangout.
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