US ski resorts form Powder Alliance

24th July 2013, by Abi Butcher

Wild West ski town Crested Butte is one of 12 resorts to offer free day passes

Wild West ski town Crested Butte is one of 12 resorts to offer free day passes

Crested Butte in Colorado and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California are among 12 ski resorts in western USA that have joined forces to form the Powder Alliance.

The alliance of 12 resorts in nine different states offers any season pass holder in one resort three free ski days in any other — a total of 33 free day tickets. They claim to be the secret powder stashes of the West.

As well as Crested Butte and Sierra-at-Tahoe, the Powder Alliance includes Angel Fire in New Mexico, Arizona Snowbowl in Arizona, Bridger Bowl in Montana, China Peak and Mountain High in California, Mount Hood Skibowl and Timberline in Oregon, Schweitzer in Idaho, Snowbasin in Utah and Stevens Pass in Washington.

Together, the resorts offer 806 trials, 123 lifts, 26,782 vertical feet, 17,804 skiable acres and 3,919in (9,954cm) of average annual snowfall.

The only snag is that free passes cannot be claimed on Saturdays, and there are certain black out days in some resorts, when the free passes can’t be claimed.

The Powder Alliance launched last week with ten resorts, adding two within days. It is expected to grow further before the start of the 2013/2014 ski season.

In May, the Epic Pass run by Vail Resorts, announced a partnership with Alberg in Austria as well as extra days in Verbier, Switzerland.

For more information on the Powder Alliance, visit

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