I don't know about it being "better" as a whole, but it is acceptable for sure, and I'm not angry like I thought I would be. also, sugarbush is better than any eastern mountain that was on max. max's huge gaping hole was good terrain in northern vt.
This. I'm looking at this pass not as my main pass (not enough days), but as a cost-effective way to ski Sugarbush, the Boyne Mountains(ish) and some amazing western destinations.
Were I not going out west, this would suck. If I was only able to buy 1 pass, this would also suck. MAX was cheaper, but this has better mountains by FAR.
I may be going back to Ragged next year. Not sure if I trust Peaks snowmaking in marginal winters. Opening Crotched a month after Wachusett this year was really frustrating.