The Best Mountain Biking Season Passes

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Once the snow melts, many of North America’s great ski mountains turn to mountain biking. World-class ski terrain makes for fun, challenging bike trails for all ability levels. And like the winter ski season, many resorts have season passes for mountain biking, which typically come with unlimited riding and other benefits.

While there aren’t the multi-resort mountain biking passes like there are ski passes, Loam Pass has created what it calls the “premier North American mountain biking pass,” providing 60 days of access to some of the top mountain biking destinations. This makes for a great mountain biking pass if you’ll be traveling to some of its destinations, or live in a state that has several participating resorts, like California or Utah. Additionally, some of the major ski passes, like the Ikon Pass, have added mountain biking benefits. Eligible 24/25 Ikon Pass holders receive one complimentary bike park ticket at select destinations.

Continue reading for some of the best passes for mountain biking at ski resorts.

The Best Mountain Biking Season Passes in North America

Mammoth Mountain, California

Mammoth is one of North America’s premier bike parks. This High Sierra park features 80-plus miles of singletrack, and is loaded with pavers, berms, jumps and drops. There is also a beginner-friendly Discover Zone. For eligible Ikon Pass holders there are some perks to Mammoth’s bike park, including 20 percent off daily bike park tickets and $40 off an adult season pass. Otherwise, a season pass is $379. This pass also includes unlimited $39 Bike Park tickets to Southern California’s Snow Summit and Snow Valley.

» Check out summer lodging options at Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth Lakes mountain biking summer.

Snow Valley and Snow Summit, California

One pass, two bike parks. Come spring, Big Bear Mountain Resort transforms its Southern California snow capital into a playground for mountain bikers with lift-served bike parks at Snow Valley and Snow Summit. Each features trails and terrain for riders of all abilities. An adult pass for the season is $399. As we mentioned above, a Mammoth Mountain season pass also comes with unlimited $39 Bike Park tickets to Snow Valley and Snow Summit.

» Check out summer lodging options at Snow Valley and Snow Summit.

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

Mt. Bachelor is Oregon’s premier lift-served mountain bike park. Among the highlights: A walk-up skills park and two chairs accessing 13 miles of gravity trails. For expert riders, look no further than Redline, Bachelor’s advanced black diamond jump line. Mt. Bachelor has a number of pass options for all skill levels from novice riders to expert dirt jumpers. The Little Pine Bike Park pass is valid every day on trails accessed by the Little Pine lift only, and is $52. The All-Mountain Bike Park pass is $284. New this season, Full Bike Park Passholders get four Friends and Family tickets 35 percent off the window rate.

» Check out summer lodging options at Mt. Bachelor.

Mt. Bachelor, mountain-biking trail, summer.
©Mt. Bachelor Resort

Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, which is an easy hop from Denver, is home to the Trestle Mountain Bike Park, self-described as North America’s fastest growing bike park. Season passes are $419, providing unlimited access to the park’s 3 lifts and more than 40 miles of freeride trails. Winter Park or Ikon Pass holders can save $60 when purchasing a Trestle Bike Park Season Pass. All told, the Winter Park and Fraser areas boast more than 600 miles of trails. It’s no wonder Winter Park has trademarked “Mountain Bike Capital of the USA.”

» Check out summer lodging options at Winterpark.

Vail, Colorado

Epic Pass is your key to unlock mountain biking at all of the Vail Resorts across the country, including rentals, food and lodging discounts. You’ll save at least 20 percent by flashing your pass. At Vail Mountain, you can ride Gondola One and Eagle Bahn from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; food and beverages options are available at Mid-Vail and Eagle’s Nest. There’s more than 340 miles of terrain through alpine meadows and you can explore the famed Back Bowls on two wheels. Purchase day passes, week-long passes, or a season pass for $439 ($314 for 24/25 winter passholders). 

» Check out summer lodging options at Vail.

Vail Resorts mountain biking.
©Vail Resorts

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Snowmass opens its Elk Camp Gondola, Elk Camp chair, and Meadows lifts for hauling bikes and bikers to 25 miles of trails built specifically for mountain biking. The Roaring Fork Valley, where Snowmass is located, is the only designated International Mountain Biking Association Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado. The family-friendly Snowmass Bike Park offers bike clinics and camps for both beginners and experienced riders. Clinics and camps range from $99 to $479 for private lessons.

Bike Park tickets are $61 per day and $149 for three days. Snowmass Bike Park season passes are $376, while an incredible deal of $188 is available for winter pass holders.

» Check out summer lodging options in Aspen.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain is where the Mid-Atlantic’s mountain bike culture resides, as evidenced by the events it hosts like the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which it’s hosted numerous times. A lift-served bike park and plenty of backcountry trails (11,000 acres) are available. Snowshoe’s bike park includes 40-plus trails with high-speed lift access. Machine-shaped trails from green to what they term “double white knuckle” means plenty of berms, rock gardens and gap jumps. Local favorite runs include 6,000 Steps, The Fingers and Enchanted Forest. Adult season passes are $329.

» Check out summer lodging options at Snowshoe.

Group of riders biking through the woods at Snowshoe
©Snowshoe/Kurtis Schachner

Killington, Vermont

Killington Bike Park boasts 3 high-speed lifts serving more than 30 miles of trails across 3 unique mountains. The park has terrain suitable for everyone from beginner to expert, featuring classic New England and Gravity Logic signature flow trails. Snowshed is the home of beginner terrain and leads to plenty of intermediate terrain. Ramshead includes freestyle trails and intermediate and advanced terrain. Killington Peak offers classic New England trails featuring plenty of rock and roots. Day Passes run $62-$121, while unlimited season passes are $519.

» Check out summer lodging options at Killington.

Killington Bike Rentals, family, mountain-biking in summer.
©Susan Martone/Killington Bike Rentals

Mt. Snow, Vermont

Mt. Snow, located in Southern Vermont, has been a trailblazer on the East Coast since it first opened biking trails decades ago. Lots of newly integrated features have been added each summer season, including berms, ladders, man-made surfaces and dirt jumps. Ride the Gateway, one of the longer introductory downhill trails in the East. Mt. Snow’s best deal is a 3-Mountain pass offering unlimited access to Mt. Snow, Okemo, and Mt. Sunapee for less than $300.

» Check out summer lodging options at Mt. Snow.

Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont

Stowe’s extensive trail network of well-maintained, interconnected trails offers terrain suitable for all ability levels. There are more than 50 miles of well-maintained singletrack around Stowe in the woods, on roads and paved paths. Here’s the best news: The majority of Stowe’s mountain bike trails are free and open for public use, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Stowe Trails Partnership (STP). The Cady Hill Forest is Stowe Trails Partnership’s flagship trail network with diverse terrain and easy access from town and the Stowe Recreation Path. Trails cater to just about any level of rider.

» Check out summer lodging options at Stowe.

Biking down wooded trail with a dog running behind them
©Go Stowe

The Highlands at Harbor Springs, Michigan

The Highlands Mountain Bike Park boasts the only lift-served bike park in Michigan, featuring 22 miles of terrain, with a variety of downhill trails and cross-country routes for every skill level. Its season pass, affordably priced at just $209, offers unlimited access, plus four discounted friends and family tickets. New for the 2024 season is the youth season pass for younger rippers to enjoy unlimited access. The Highlands Bike Park has a number of great events and promotions, including Crush It Thursdays, when kids and youth 12 and under can ride for free with the purchase of an adult ticket (starting June 13). The Highlands is also part of the aforementioned Loam Pass.

Group of mountain bike riders at Highlands Bike Park on a summer day
©The Highlands at Harbor Springs

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