The multi-resort season pass gauntlet has been thrown down: The Ikon Pass goes on sale March 5 with a new four-day boutique "session pass" and additional East resorts coming into the fold.
The $999 adult price will last about six weeks until April 22, when the cost of all categories -- adult, military/college, teen, child, and under-5 -- will rise. A number of resorts will accept the 2020-2021 pass for spring skiing for the rest of the current season.
Issued by Colorado-based Alterra Mountain Co., the Ikon Pass will be in its third season in direct competition with the 11-year-old Epic Pass from Vail Resorts. The company also will put the Ikon Base pass -- a more restricted pass -- on sale as well.
Financing is available for both passes prior to April 23, and previous year pass-holders get a discount for renewal. And, parents or guardians who buy an Ikon product get discounts on two children (5-12) passes.
Like its counterpart, Ikon Pass gives free, unlimited access to resorts it owns/operates, and a limited number of days at "partner" resorts.
Alterra owns/operates 16 resorts across the West, eastern Canada, and D.C.-area Snowshoe. New to the portfolio this season will be Vermont's Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush, which are the first New England resorts to be purchased by Alterra.
Its partner program allows skiers and riders free access for seven days each at 18 other resorts from Summit at Snoqualmie to Boyne Mountain to Sugarloaf in the U.S -- and to a half-dozen mountains in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Japan.
The Ikon Base Pass -- designed for skiers and riders who don't travel as much and prefer a fewer number of resorts -- goes on sale for $699. It allows unlimited skiing and riding at eight resorts in U.S. and Canada, blackout-date restricted at six others, and five days at 15 other North American mountains. If Jackson and Aspen-Snowmass are in your plans, pay $150 more for five days of lift rides.
The new Session Pass, currently at $399, opens up 30 resorts for a maximum of four days to skiers and riders. The pass can be used at different areas or the same mountain.