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The first snow in Colorado’s high peaks arrived mid-September, an annual sighting that prompted skiers and riders to dust off their gear and look toward the slopes in giddy anticipation. This came just weeks after Aspen/Snowmass, Alta, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows announced an unprecedented deal: the Mountain Collective , a ski pass granting access to four resorts (with a total of eight mountains) in four states. The $349 price tag buys enthusiasts eight days—two days at each of the four resorts—and, once those days have been used, a 50 percent discount on unlimited lift tickets. Considering that four mid-season days at Aspen/Snowmass cost $396, this is a bargain for anyone with a serious snow habit. Bonus: Aside from being privy to 16,000 acres of esteemed terrain, pass-holders can also nab lodging deals. The $349 price is valid through November 19. Translation: Buy it now. themountaincollective.com