The online pass for SSX
will not lock players out of multiplayer competition. Instead, it is used to lock players out of obtaining in-game credits used to unlock content.
EA tells Game Informer
that players without the online pass will be able to compete and play in both of SSX's
online game modes, "Explore" and "Global Events," but that credits awarded to those without the online pass in Global Events will be inaccessible and banked until they pony up the $10 for the pass.
EA concludes, "Economy balance makes it possible to unlock all available content and allows you to participate in all event drops across both Explore and Global Events, with credits earned solely in Explore."