After an abrupt end to 2019-2020 ski season, already it is time to consider which season pass to invest in for next season. Aren’t we all ready to ski again, and hoping to have a better, longer ski season? Social distancing – fine… let’s just get skiing!
The two major season pass conglomerates are back for ski season 2020-2021! EPIC or IKON! With mergers of more mountain resorts this year by both Vail Resorts – and competitor Aspen and Alterra Mountain Company, skiers have a big choice between the Epic Pass or the “IKON” pass – both for similar expenditure, under $1,000. The IKON Pass unites 43 top ski destinations, while Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass is valid at over 90 ski resorts across the US, Canada and the globe.
Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass is priced at $979 for unlimited skiing at 37 ski resorts, plus 5-7 days each at many more. Vail resorts include: Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City in Utah, Whistler Blackcomb, Washington’s Stevens Pass, California’s Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Vermont’s Stowe, Mount Snow and Okemo, Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched and Mount Sunapee in NH, Wilmot, Hunter in NY, several in the Poconos, The Mid Atlantic and Michigan, and Perisher Australia, Hotham and Falls Creek, plus 7 days skiing at Telluride, Snowbasin and Sun Valley, and the Canadian Rockies Resorts – Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne, and Stoneham! The Epic Pass also has great free ski benefits with in the Alps, The Arlberg, Verbier, Les Trois Vallees, and Hakuba Japan – so many ski resorts. New is free season pass insurance- “Epic Protection”! Bonus also, Epic Pass holders get 20% off food and bev, lodging, lessons and rentals, and their Mountain Express airport transportation, Some resorts even offer 1 free wax, plus 50% off a ski or board tune. Child’s Epic Pass is $499. The EPIC LOCAL with some restrictions is $729. See the Epic Pass on sale now. 2019 purchasers of the Epic Pass get a Covid discount on their 2020 pass and Epic Protection pass insurance at no charge.
The IKON Pass offers 43 ski resorts acres across the continent, yes Canada & Japan too, on one season pass, with varying access at each destination, with a price of $999 , a strong competitor to Vail’s Epic Pass. The IKON Pass brings together Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta/Snowbird and Canada’s Ski Big 3 – Lake Louise, Sunshine and Banff, plus some Indies like Mt Bachelor Oregon, Revelstoke BC and Tremblant in Quebec! A spin off from previous The Max Pass, this iconic pass has some pretty epic ski resorts – Aspen, Steamboat, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park and Copper in Colorado, to Deer Valley, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird in Utah, Squaw, Mammoth and Big Bear in California, Crystal Mountain in Washington, Big Sky in Montana, Jackson Hole Wyoming, plus Loon, Sunday River , Sugarloaf in Maine, Stratton, Sugarbush and Killington in Vermont, Wyndham NY in The East.
The Ikon Pass is on sale now, see details at www.ikonpass.com. Alterra’s IKON Pass is $949, returning pass holders get $200 off. There’s also an IKON Kids pass with $200 savings when added to the parents purchase. For a lower price point, there’s a slightly more restricted IKON Base pass at $699 (with black out dates and a few caveats).
Well, skiers are the winners in this big mountain pass play off, with great choices at significant savings versus the old-school one-mountain season pass that was often well over $1,000!
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