Skiing Just Got Cheaper - At The World’s Best Ski Resorts
Finally, some good post-vaccination news for skiers and snowboarders after two rough pandemic winters that greatly disrupted ski vacations, travel and the snow sports industry. Unlike just about everything else we enjoy in travel and recreation, the cost to go skiing has actually dropped in recent years, mainly do the prevalence of multi-resort unlimited ski passes. But as of today it is going down even more, at dozens of the most popular and desirable ski destinations in the world.
Of course, this doesn’t affect things like airfares, hotels or après ski cocktails, but the actual cost of a day on the slopes has gone downhill at the vast majority of world class destination resorts in the U.S. and many elsewhere. These savings are especially dramatic for those who ski or snowboard a lot - you could make turns at more than four dozen top resorts around the world every day next ski season for less than some top ski areas selling single-day tickets would charge for just four days!
Thirteen years ago, ski industry giant Vail Resorts completely changed the lift ticket playing field when it introduced its Epic Pass, a new type of season pass product that was not tied to a single mountain, but rather was good across the multiple mountains in the company’s growing portfolio. Since then, competitors have followed suite, mainly in the form of Alterra Mountain Company’s Ikon Pass, the second biggest, but there are a lot of smaller players, from the Mountain Collective (2 days each at 43 resorts, many of them very high profile) to Indy Pass (independently owned resorts) to Powder Alliance (18 resorts worldwide) to regional offerings like the New England Pass, the Northeast’s Powder Pass and Western Canada’s Rocky Mountain Passport.