Mr. Luxury Ski

High in Summit County, Colorado, Breckenridge is open for early season groomers, and up Highway 9 the lifts are also turning at sister resorts Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.

The 2016-17 ski season is officially here, and Vail Resorts just announced it will cease sales of its industry-leading, 14-mountain Epic Pass on Monday, December 4. If you've been holding off on buying a ski pass for the upcoming season—or want to buy one as a holiday gift—the time to act is now.

That's right, 14 mountains now, including 10 of the West's best resorts. In addition to unlimited access to nine Vail Resorts in Colorado, Utah, and California, Epic Pass just added five days at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort, British Columbia, which the company acquired last August (blackout dates apply). The Canadian resort is scheduled to open this week in time for (American) Thanksgiving, along with Vail, Beaver Creek, Park City, Heavenly and Northstar. Pick up the full Epic Pass for $849 and add a child pass (ages five to 12) for $439.

Spying on the Continental Divide from the top of Breck's Colorado SuperChair (Brent Clark, Breckenridge)

Spying on the Continental Divide from the top of Breck's Colorado SuperChair (Brent Clark, Breckenridge)

Mr. Luxury Ski grabbed the Epic Pass for his swing through Europe later this winter, because it includes limited access to Arlberg in Austria, Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France, Skirama Dolomiti in Italy and 4 Vallées in Switzerland.

At press time both the the 14-destination Mountain Collective pass ($419) and 39-mountain M.A.X. Pass ($699) remained on sale. Join the Mountain Collective if you want to shred Aspen, Jackson Hole, or Sun Valley, or get a M.A.X. Pass for access to top resorts including Steamboat, Crested Butte, Solitude, and Big Sky.

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