Eldora Mountian Resort didn't like being a part of Vail Resorts' Epic Pass last season, dropping from the program after one season.
But Eldora is not bailing on pass partnerships.
The Boulder County ski area will join Winter Park and Copper Mountain's Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus in offering unlimited skiing.
The $509 pass next season includes six days at Steamboat and three days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Last month, Eldora announced it was ending its deal with Vail Resorts and would not be part of the resort operator's wildly popular Epic Pass. Vail Resorts sells roughly 300,000 Epic Passes every season and the resulting crowds at Eldora taxed the resort's facilities and infrastructure.
But it raised Eldora's profile and introduced the 680-acre ski area to a broader demographic, said resort spokesman Rob Linde.
The Copper Mountain-Winter Park Rocky Mountain Super Pass was conceived when Intrawest ran both resorts and has evolved over the years to include days at Intrawest's Steamboat ski area.
Next season, a plus-version of the pass will include three unrestricted days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and unlimited skiing at Eldora, giving it five mountains to compete with the five Colorado resorts accessible with the Epic Pass.
The impact with the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus should be less than the Epic Pass, Linde said.
"It's good for the consumer and it's a very good partnership with Intrawest from a business perspective," said Linde, who is retiring from his 15-year Eldora post this week to join Boulder market research firm RRC Associates.
And Eldora, which expects to post record visitation this season, will keep its guest count high, which lends support to the resort's push to expand its resort boundary and add new terrain and chairlifts.
The inclusion of Eldora will elevate the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus appeal for Denver-area skiers, said Winter Park president Gary DeFrange.
"It's a pass that is perfect for the savvy Front Range skier and rider, who places a premium on great snow and incredible terrain," DeFrange said in a statement.
Click over to ColoradoSki.com for more information on the Rocky Mountain Super Pass.