The IKON PASS Gives Skiers Across The Continent Some New Options When It Comes To Iconic Ski Destinations
Published on 03/14/2018 by Brad Luth
Now There’s a New Way To Ski East, West, and Everywhere in Between!
If you haven’t already heard, last July a new company called Alterra Mountain Company out of Denver plunked down $1.7 billion to purchase Steamboat and its sister resorts. On March 6, the company started selling the Ikon Pass for $899, which gives you unlimited access with no blackout restrictions to Steamboat and 11 other ski destinations owned by Alterra, plus limited (usually seven days) access to 13 other partner destinations, also with no blackout dates. See IKON PASS for full details.
The $599 Ikon Base Pass gives you unlimited access to eight ski areas including Winter Park, Copper and Eldora in Colorado, plus others in California, West Virginia and Canada. You’re allowed five days’ access with blackout restrictions to Steamboat, Mammoth in California, Deer Valley, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Vermont’s Sugarbush, Stratton and Killington, Revelstoke in British Columbia, plus a total of five days at these mountain groups: AspenSnowmass, AltaSnowbird, SkiBig3 in Alberta, and Sunday River, Loon Mountain and Sugarloaf in New England. Blackout dates are between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as well as the holiday weekends in January and February. See IKON BASE PASS for full details.
Note that these prices are set to rise April 9, 2018 – so don’t wait!
Child Companion Rates
If you’re planning to purchase a pass for a child 12 and under, and you’ve purchased an adult pass, you’ll pay just $149 for a base Pass or $199 for the full pass. The child on your pass is not required to actually be related to you, which could come in handy for certain groups.
Which Option is Best for You?
Naturally, which option is right for you is going to depend on how often you ski. If you typically hit Steamboat for five days in the winter and also do a fair bit of skiing at destinations on the east and west coasts, the Ikon Base Pass is quite affordable and could save you a significant sum versus buying a lift ticket every day.
If you’re planning to purchase a pass for a child 12 and under, and you’ve purchased an adult pass, you’ll pay just $149 for a base Pass or $199 for the full pass. The child on your pass is not required to actually be related to you, which could come in handy for certain groups. Note that these prices are set to rise April 9.
If you spend more time in Steamboat, or you frequently hit major California resorts such as Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows or Mammoth, or you tend to take ski vacations over the holidays, the full Ikon Pass might be your best bet.
Whichever you choose, you’ll also have access to some of Canada’s largest and most challenging resorts. Revelstoke, for example, boasts the most vertical in North America at a dizzying 5,620 feet of lift access terrain and 3,121 acres of fall line skiing. SkiBig3, in Banff National Park, which is located in the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, is made up of three separate ski resorts offering 7,748 acres of skiable terrain.
Right here in America, you’ve got several world-class destinations in addition to Steamboat such as Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Aspen Snowmass, Deer Valley and AltaSnowbird out west, and Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf and Sunday River in the east, with smaller spots in between such as Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
As you can see, this lineup is a definite challenge to Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, which has been unrivaled in the industry until now. Plus, it allows you to ski Steamboat while trying other resorts you may have previously overlooked or considered too expensive. Whichever way you slice it, the Ikon Pass is set to give ski families some tempting terrain options for the 2018-2019 ski season and beyond.