In North America, multi-resort season ski passes are in. Ever since Vail Resorts first launched the Epic Pass in 2008, the concept has been steadily gaining ground. The Epic Pass now covers a stunning 65 ski resorts in 8 different countries, while a host of others like the Ikon Pass, the Mountain Collective and the Powder Alliance have sprung up to compete.
The multi-resort concept is catching on for a few simple reasons: more skiing in more places for less money. Why buy a season pass to one resort, when you can pay a bit extra and get dozens of resorts? As the concept blooms in the U.S. and begins to expand internationally, more and more skiers are asking: What’s up in Europe? Are similar passes available here?
An example of the North American model: the Powder Alliance.
The answer is: yes and no. There are actually already a number of multi-resort passes across the Alps, but they’re different from the North American model. Many Alpine resorts have been ticket-sharing for decades, as new lift connections turned neighboring ski areas into parts of mega-resorts. If you buy a season pass at Portes du Soleil, Paradiski or Les 4 Vallées, you’re already getting a multi-resort pass. The big difference to passes like the Epic Pass is that the resorts are usually concentrated in a single valley or region. Some passes may include perks like access to a nearby glacier ski resort, or partnerships with resorts in nearby regions.
These regional offerings may not have the wide scope of an Epic Pass, but they’re tempting for local skiers making the most of their regions, tourists who return frequently to one area, and ski bums planning to spend a season or five in a particular region. Without further ado, here’s what Europe has on offer.
Highlights: Ischgl, Stubai, Kaunertal, Sölden, Hintertux, Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, Nordkette, Zillertal Arena
The Snow Card Tirol offers unfettered access to over 90 ski resorts in Austria’s Tyrol region, including all five glacier resorts, keeping you on snow from October 1st through mid-May. If you’re looking to thoroughly explore all that this world-famous ski region has to offer, a Snow Card is the way to go.
In addition to the all-in-one Snow Card, the Tyrol region features several other, more specific pass options like the White 5 (just the glacier resorts), Zillertal Super Ski Pass and Kitzbüheler Alps AllStarCard. Whether you’re looking to travel around, or just to call one valley home, Tyrol has an option for you.
Price: €725 until 5 December, €805 after
Resorts: 23 different ski regions
Highlights: Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Kitzsteinhorn, Kitzbühel, Absolut Park Flachauwinkl, Ski Amadé, Dachstein
Advertising itself as as the “largest ski network in the world for day passes & flexible tickets” the Super Ski Card covers an massive swath of ski country in Austria’s Kitzbühel Alps and Salzburg regions, overlapping somewhat with the Tirol Snow Card. The pass-sharing alliance in the region applies to day and multi-day tickets as well, so you can buy a single day pass, ski like a madman, and see how many kilometers away from your car you can end up by the end of the day.
Price: €572 until 6 December, €610 after
Highlights: Dachstein, Bad Gastein, Flachauwinkl
The Ski Amadé region is contained within the Super Ski Pass, but also has its own pass covering Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming-Dachstein, Gastein, Hochkönig and Großarltal. And the best part? It’s named after Mozart.
Price: €616 until 8 December, €722 after
Highlights: Silvretta Montafon, Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal, Brandnertal
Covering the Vorarlberg region in western Austria, the Ländle Card includes the Montafon Valley, the Bregenzerwald region, and since 2018 the neighboring Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal area in Germany. The region also includes more targeted pass options, like the Montafon-Brandnertal Card.
Price: €582 until 8 December, €612 after
Highlights: Großglockner, Mölltaler Glacier, Türracher Höhe, Nassfeld
The Top Ski Pass covers Austria’s southernmost region of Carinthia as well as parts of East Tyrol. Not as famous as other parts of the country, this region harbors an underappreciated wealth of ski terrain.
Highlights: St. Anton, Lech, Warth-Schröcken
Sandwiched between Vorarlberg and Tirol, the world-famous Arlberg region has its own pass for the cluster of resorts around the Arlberg Pass. Powder pilgrims unite!
Price: €774 until 30 September, €871 after
Special deal: €380 for ages 26 and under (until 30 September)
Highlights: Morzine, Champéry, Avoriaz
“The Doors of the Sun” is one of the world’s largest interconnected ski areas, encompassing 12 world-class resorts along the French-Swiss border. The season pass also includes day vouchers for Les 4 Vallées and the Aletsch Arena.
Highlights: Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens
Interconnected since 1973, France’s “Three Valleys” has long held the title of “world’s biggest ski area.” The season pass to this mind-boggling expanse of ski terrain also includes ticket vouchers for resorts in Japan, Australia, Chile and Vail Resorts, making it one of the more powerful passes in this line-up.
Price: €838 (-20% until 30 November)
Highlights: Les Arcs, La Plagne
Though it covers “just” three resorts, the Paradiski lift network in the Tarentaise Valley is still one of the world’s largest with over 400km of slopes.
Price: €1215 until 21 December, €1350 after
Highlights: Tignes, Val D’Isere
Okay, with just two resorts under the umbrella, Espace Killy only barely qualifies as a multi-resort season pass. But given that those two resorts, Tignes and Val D’Isere, are two of the world’s biggest and best, maybe it’s not such a bad deal after all.
Price: €489 until 10 December
Highlights: Flaine, Les Carroz
The Grand Massif region, located between Geneva and Chamonix, is known for being snow-secure.
Price: €1251 until 30 November (2017/18 price)
Highlights: Aguille du Midi, Megéve, Grand Montets
The Mont Blanc Unlimited pass covers all the lifts in the Chamonix Valley, and includes access to Courmayeur on the Italian side and Les 4 Vallées in Switzerland.
Highlights: Alp d’Huez, La Grave extension
The Alp d’Huez Grand Domaine pass gives access to six interconnected resorts in the area around Alp d’Huez, as well as day tickets at other resorts in the “Grande Galaxie” region like Serre Chevalier and Les 2 Alpes. The pass is also available together with a season pass to La Grave for €1188.
Price: €360 (€580 with Stubai Glacier extension)
Highlights: Brauneck, Spitzingsee
The Alpen Plus is a great deal for skiers looking to shred locally in the greater Munich region. This alliance between four “klein-aber-fein” resorts in Bavaria also offers an optional pass extension to include the Stubai Glacier.
Price: €451 (2017/18 pricing)
Highlights: Nesselwang, Oberstdorf, Kleinwalsertal
Like the Alpen Plus card, Superschnee is an alliance of smaller resorts in Bavaria’s beautiful Allgäu region. It also offers a glacier extension: €90 extra gets you access to the Kaunertal and Pitztal glaciers.
Price: €810 until 12 December
Highlights: Seiser Alm, Val Gardena, Cortina d’Ampezzo
Like its Austrian relatives to the north, Dolomiti Superski is a massive conglomerate of world-class resorts sprawling across the eastern Dolomites, where one ski pass gets you access to a mind-numbing amount of terrain, all backed by the stunning topography of some of the world’s most photogenic mountains.
Price: €899 (2017/18 pricing)
Highlights: Courmayeur, Breuil-Cervinia, Monterosa
The resorts of the Aosta Valley on the eastern side of Mont Blanc have teamed up to offer a pass that covers the region, from Courmayeur to the doorstep of Zermatt, with some of the finest skiing Italy has to offer. For an extra €180, Zermatt is also included.
Highlights: Nauders, Schöneben, Watles
This small regional ticket grants access to a handful of resorts on the Austrian and Italian sides of the Reschenpass.
Price: €665 before 4 November
A small regional alliance in the mountains of Lombardy, not far from Milan.
Highlights: Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere
Italy’s “Milky Way” is a regional alliance on the French-Italian border west of Turin, featuring some of the heavier hitters in the southwest Alps.
Price: CHF 998
Highlights: Flumserberg, Damüls, Warth-Schröcken
Meilenweiss is a unique pass concept integrating a wide variety of resorts across eastern Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and Germany, offering plenty of opportunity on both sides of the Rhine valley.
Price: CHF 459 before 10 September
Highlights: Crans-Montana, Espace Dent-Blanche, Grimentz-Zinal
In normally pricey Switzerland, the Magic Pass offers a breath of fresh air with affordable skiing at over 30 resorts in the western cantons of Wallis, Vaud and Freiburg, with Glacier 3000 as an optional add-on to extend the season.
Price: CHF 1,485 before 30 November
Highlights: Laax, Davos, Arosa-Lenzerheide, St. Moritz
While the Graubünden Snowpass certainly isn’t cheap, it also packs quite a punch with almost every ski resort, including multiple A-listers, in Switzerland’s biggest canton.
Price: CHF 1,850
Highlights: Verbier, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Champéry
The Snowpass Wallis might be the be-all, end-all of regional passes: eat your heart out in one of the Alps’ very best ski regions. Of course, it’s also priced accordingly. There’s also a reduced-price option, without Zermatt and Les 4 Vallées.
Price: CHF 666 until 16 December
Highlights: Adelboden, Grindelwald, Gstaad
The Top4 pass is a collaboration between four ski regions in central Switzerland: Adelboden-Lenk, Gstaad, Jungfrau ski region and Meiringen-Hasliberg.
Price: CHF 1,359 (15% discount until 30 September)
Highlights: Verbier, Nendaz
The crème de la crème of Swiss skiing and in the running for best worldwide, Les 4 Vallées connects the resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, La Tzoumaz and Bruson into a mega-resort that must be skied to be believed. Seasonaires, apply now.
Highlights: Åre, St. Johann, Hemsedal
Sweden’s version of Vail Resorts, Skistar offers this pass across all of its resort holdings in Sweden and Norway as well as St. Johann in Tirol.