Must-have North American pass for ski season redefines family




, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

What could be the most affordable ski pass in history in North America was recently announced by Intrawest, the parent company of six participating resorts.

With the Intrawest Passport, children under 12 will ski free and groups of up to 16 people will be able to purchase the pass at a considerably discounted price.

The pass includes six days of skiing at each of the participating resorts: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Blue Mountain in Ontario; Mont Tremblant in Quebec; Stratton Mountain in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.

There are no blackout dates and while the group option is still being called the "Family Pass," it does not require co-purchasers to be family members or even related to each other.

Pricing for the pass is structured as follows: One adult season pass costs $589 and up to five additional adults can be added at $449 each. Five adolescents between ages 13 and 20 can be added at $249 each and up to five children under 12 ski free.

This makes for a total of 16 people who can ski under the same family pass. For more information:

In other season pass news, Park City, Utah has joined Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge, becoming part of the Epic season pass that serves the Rocky Mountain ski resorts.

Several packages are available, including a Local Pass for several resorts in the Rockies that's on sale until October 12 for $569 for adults, $439 for teens and $289 for a child.

The pass is said to pay for itself in four days and offers unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin with limited access to resorts including Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar & Kirkwood.

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