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Vail Resorts has announced prices for its lift passes for next season as it battles with the Mountain Collective group of resorts.

Vail has 13 resorts on its Epic pass in North America plus links with resorts in Europe and Australia.

The other main US group is the Mountain Collective that comprises 16 resorts.

The idea is that people buy a season's pass for their local resort and then use the pass to visit other areas on the pass where they spend money on lodging, food and ski services.

"Being a member of the Mountain Collective group of resorts has brought us many benefits and brings in additional guests," said Alta's Connie Marshall to PlanetSKI.

"It has been a resounding success being a member of the group," she added.

We visited Alta and other resorts in the Mountain Collective plus 5 ski areas in the Vail Resorts stable on a recent 4-week road trip in North America - see here for our ski road trip blog.

Full Epic Pass holders have unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada.

Plus there are the smaller resorts of Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.

In addition it owns Perisher in Australia.

Epic Pass holders also have limited access to 30 European ski resorts including Verbier and Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées in France; Arlberg in Austria; and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

The price is $859 - up $50 on this season where it sold 650,000 passes.

New for next season is Whistler that Vail Resorts bought for $1bn as we reported here and the recent acquisition of Stowe in Vermont in February - see here for our story from the time. 

Stowe is expected to be on the Epic Pass for 2017/18 but exact details have not been finalised.

The Mountain Collective comprises Alta Ski Area, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Squaw Valley, Sun Valley and Sugarbush, Taos and Telluride in the USA.

Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Revelstoke in Canada.

Plus Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in New Zealand and Thredbo in Australia.

Snowbasin in Utah and Sugarbush in Vermont replace Whistler and Stowe.

The collection of independent ski areas offers a $399 pass good for two days at 16 resorts.

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