How to Get On the Mountain in 4 Easy Steps

  • ​Step 1: Buy a M.A.X. Pass or M.A.X. Pass Add-on
  • Step 2: Upload a photo for your pass
  • Step 3: Check the mail for your M.A.X. Pass
  • Step 4: See details below about how to get on whichever of the 44 mountains you choose to ski/ride


Step 2: Upload a Photo for Your Pass

In order for your M.A.X. Pass to be processed, you will need to upload a photo to your profile. Please make sure the photo is of just you, facing the camera directly without glasses, goggles, a hat or helmet. It's important that the photo clearly shows your face.

If you upload a photo that isn’t clear and showing your face, or has you wearing sunglasses or a hat, your photo will be rejected and your pass will not be processed.

If you have questions about where or how to upload your photo, please send an email to [email protected].

Step 3: Check the Mail for your M.A.X. Pass

Once you have successfully uploaded an appropriate photo successfully, you will receive your M.A.X. Pass in the mail, at the address you indicated during the purchase process. Passes already purchased earlier in the year will be mailed starting in mid-October. Any pass purchased after mid-October will be mailed within 2-3 weeks of your purchase date. If you have not received your pass by mid-November or three weeks after purchase, please check on its status at [email protected].

Step 4: Getting on the Mountain

Once you've decided upon the resort(s) you want to ski/ride at, it's best to check on how to quickly access the lifts. With 44 resorts on the M.A.X. Pass, not all of them have the same lift technology.


The M.A.X. Pass is embedded with an RFID chip to enable hands-free access to lifts. When a guest passes through the RFID gate, the gate will open automatically. The M.A.X. Pass does not need to be visible, but does need to be on your person. The following resorts have this technology.


Direct to Lift (DTL)

Direct to Lift (DTL)

Requires a Resort-Specific Lift Ticket/Pass

The following resorts require that you have a resort-specific lift ticket/pass. Visit the ticket window and/or pass office and show your M.A.X. Pass to be issued the correct credentials for that resort. Please contact the resort directly if you are in need of more information.

A resort specific lift ticket is also required for the following new resorts for 2017/18 season:

  • Belleayre Mountain
  • Gore Mountain
  • Granite Peak
  • Lutsen Mountains
  • Whiteface Mountain
  • Windham Mountain
  • Fernie Mountain Resort
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
  • Kimberley Alpine Resort
  • Nakiska Ski Resort
  • Mont Saint Anne
  • Stoneham
  • Alyeska
  • Buck Hill
  • Crested Butte
  • Eldora
  • Mountain Creek
  • Mountain High
  • Mount Sunapee
  • Okemo
  • Solitude
  • Wachusett Mountain


Why does my MAX Pass have a hole in it?

Several MAX Pass resorts are equipped with RFID technology. This allows hands-free access at the lifts. However, not all MAX Pass resorts have this technology and the hole allows you to attach a lanyard to it so you can show your MAX Pass or have it scanned. DO NOT punch another hole in your pass, as it will no longer work. The MAX Pass has an antenna around the perimeter of the card that enables the RFID frequency. If damaged, the frequency will not be able to be read.