The IKON PASS Gives Skiers Across The Continent Some New Options When It Comes To Iconic Ski Destinations
Published on 03/06/2019 by Brad Luth
Now There’s a New Way To Ski East, West, and Everywhere in Between!
If you haven’t already heard, during July of 2017 a new company called Alterra Mountain Company out of Denver plunked down $1.7 billion to purchase Steamboat and its sister resorts. In the Spring of 2018 the company started selling the Ikon Pass, which gives you unlimited access with no blackout restrictions to Steamboat and 13 other ski destinations owned by Alterra, plus limited (7 days) access to 23 other partner destinations, also with no blackout dates. See IKON PASS for full details.
The Ikon Base Pass gives you unlimited access to 12 ski areas including Winter Park, Copper and Eldora in Colorado, plus others in California, West Virginia and Canada. You’re allowed 5 days’ access with blackout restrictions to 25 other destinations. These include 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.
Prices will rise soon: lock in your 2019 & 2020 rates soon & renew for extra savings!
For past IKON Pass holders, a limited time offer of $919 or $619 for the passes is available. More details on your IKON Pass portal.
2019 / 2020 Rates – New Pass Holders
What’s New With The IKON Pass
For the 2019-2020 season, adjustments have been made to the IKON Pass and how it can be used. One of the primary differences is how each pass handles holiday events.
- IKON PASS: Unlimited access at 14 destinations and up to 7 days each at 23 different destinations, with no blackout dates to worry about.
- IKON BASE PASS: Unlimited access at 12 destinations and up to 5 days each at 25 different destinations, blackout dates apply.
If you plan on visiting during a marked holiday, we highly recommend investing in the full IKON Pass.
There are other updates to the pass for this year! See the full list of changes.
- Renewal Bonus: If you purchased an Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass this last season, you’ll be able to re-up on adventure with $30 USD (40 $ CAD) off your 19/20 pass when you renew before April 24th, 2019.
- Payment Plan: Lock in the lowest possible price with a down payment of $199 USD by April 24. Then ease into the season by spreading the remaining cost across four monthly installments June through September. Payment plan is not available in CAD currency.
- Season Discounts for Kids: Fostering your child’s love of the snow is crucial to a future of fun, and that’s why they are still offering the price of $199 USD (259 $ CAD) for a child’s pass when you purchase an adult Ikon Pass. But this year it gets better. For the 19/20 season, you can now buy two discounted kids passes for every one Adult pass. That means if you have two kids at home who love to ski, and you’ve purchased an adult Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass, that’s a total savings of $200 USD (260 $ CAD).
- Young Adult Discount: They have broadened the age range of our young adult pass for the 19/20 season. This means that if any young adult is between 13 and 22 years old, you are eligible for a discounted season pass. Eligible college and military pass holders will also continue to maintain special pricing too.
- Ski this Spring: When you buy your Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass, the spring skiing and riding at select destinations is on us. Starting March 5, 19/20 Ikon Pass holders will get immediate access to Big Bear Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, and Blue Mountain, even when purchasing with payment plan. Making the spring season even brighter: On April 8, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Winter Park Resort, Solitude, Crystal Mountain, and Tremblant get added to this list. With the record-breaking snowpack many mountains are seeing this year, you could be skiing and riding at these destinations well into July.
- Shop Passes in CAD Currency: It’s easy to customize your shopping experience by language or currency of choice. By using the selector option at the top of the website, you can view Ikon Pass products in USD or CAD currency and in English or French language. Pass prices displayed include taxes; what you see is what you pay.
Source: IKON Pass Website.
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 $159 for a base Pass or $199 for the full pass (after the $100 savings with adult pass purchase). 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 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 2019-2020 ski season and beyond.