Ikon Passes Now On Sale For 2022/23; Spring Skiing For Early Birds
Details of the 2022-2023 Ikon Pass are out, highlighted by Sun Valley and Snowbasin joining the mega-mountain season pass family.
Alterra Mountain Co. brought the Ikon Pass on in 2019. The last couple of seasons has seen a building rivalry for sales of multi-resort passes between heavyweights Ikon and Epic. Last year, Vail Resorts cut the cost of an Epic Pass by 20% and got record sales. That got the rivalry more heated and, in many ways, skiers and riders will be the beneficiaries of tighter pricing and more options.
With both passes, skiers and riders will find a growing number of choices that the companies hope will fit the habits of most any skier or rider -- and reduce crowding during busy times. Here's a crib sheet on the Ikon offerings:
First you have the full-on Ikon Pass. The cost goes up 9%, but no blackouts and unlimited access to now 14 North American resorts. (Crystal will no longer honor Ikon Pass as its season pass, but stay in partnership program.) Plus, up to seven days at 35 ski and snowboard locales around the globe. In addition to adult full-priced passes, Ikon has lower-priced tiers for those aged 3-22, 5-12, and under 5. Buy early and get spring skiing at 10 mountains all over the U.S.
Then, with blackouts, comes the Base Pass. It's 5% higher in cost next season. There's unlimited skiing and riding at 13 of the resorts Alterra owns or manages, and five days at some 30 partner mountains. Nine are abroad, a debut for Chamonix, and four in Canada. Pay more for Base Plus Pass and get Alta and Deer Valley (both new), Jackson and Aspen Snowmass.
The Ikon 4-Session Card now can be used at multiple mountains for 2 or 3 days, but seven U.S. resorts are exempt. Blackouts apply.