We're weeks away from the official end of the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season, but you can already start making plans for the 2015-16 season as the Cali4nia Pass goes on sale today. What is the Cali4nia Pass, you ask?
Started this season with the Mammoth Resorts' acquisition of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, a single Cali4nia Pass gets you on the slopes of those Big Bear-area resorts as well as Mammoth and June mountains outside Bishop. (I'll buy a cold one for whoever hits all four ski areas the same day.)
“Southern California is the largest ski/ride market in the country, and the Cali4nia Pass is tailor-made to serve the region and beyond at a very competitive price,” says Erik Forsell, CMO of Mammoth Resorts. “You combine access to the best metro-area mountains in the country at Big Bear Mountain Resorts-perfect for day and short weekend trips-with the big mountain experience at Mammoth and June right up Highway 395, and you have a pass product that delivers an incredible experience at an amazing value.”
The value can actually be more amazing. While the passes start at the same price as last year–$689 if you buy them in the preseason–those who purchase before April 6 also get a $100 resort credit good at any Mammoth Resorts food and beverage, lodging, retail or ticket outlet.
Whenever you snag one, the pass also gets discounts on premium slopeside lodging of up to 20 percent; discounted lifts tickets for friends and family; discounts on retail, equipment rental and lessons; and Mammoth Early Ups, which offers exclusive early access on select mornings guaranteeing first tracks. For those seeking four-seasons of mountaineering, a pass valid at both Mammoth Mountain and Snow Summit bike parks can be added for the early bird price of $325.
To order or for more information, visit Cali4niapass.com.
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