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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

The Business of Ski Resorts

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Why does a daily lift ticket cost more than $200? Chairlifts, snowmaking, grooming, labor, and affordable housing all add up to drive the cost of a daily lift ticket as explained in this video from Wendover Productions.

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Credits Toward Next Season, Opt-out Options For Season Pass Holders

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The first deadline for savings on season pass prices for the 2020-2021 season is coming, and skiers and snowboarders will have to decide whether the low cost or the uncertainty of COVID-19 virus carries more weight.

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Utah Resorts Emphasizing Insurance In 2020-21 Season Pass Plans

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Snowbird and Snowbasin Resort on Wednesday unveiled their compensation plans for season passholders whose spring skiing and snowboarding was cut short by COVID-19.

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More Moves By Ikon, Epic In Face Of Pandemic

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The uncertainty of when, where and for how long the COVID-19 outbreak will last has forced much of the country into flexible mode -- and the two behemoths in the multi-resort season pass business are no different.

After opening up sales for 2020-2021 passes in early March, both Epic Pass and Ikon Pass have evolved over the last month as conditions change.

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Alterra Suspends Pay for Some, Postpones Capital Projects

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As the mountain resort industry remains at a standstill amid the expanding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in North America, Alterra Mountain Company has made adjustments to maintain financial viability.

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Why Multi-Passes - And the Crowds They Bring - Are Great for Skiing

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I don’t usually get confused in public restrooms, but there I was in the men’s room at the Mangy Moose: totally stumped. It was December, Jackson Hole was beginning to see the storms of this winter’s historic snowfall, and the skiing was superb. Town morale should have been peaking. There in the urinal, however, was a bumper sticker to the contrary that read IKONnot Ski. I was immediately bummed. The attitude it reflects is pervasive: that multi-passes, specifically Ikon and Epic, are bad for skiing and bad for ski towns.

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The 2020-2021 Ikon Pass Fires Up Season Pass Competition

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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.

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Not Sure Which Season Ski Pass to Buy?

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It’s the time of year to ponder passes.  

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Arapahoe Basin Joins Ikon Pass

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Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Area joins the Ikon pass for the 2019-20 season. Now Ikon Pass holders have access to snow at 40 global destinations, including six in Colorado.

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Epic, Ikon Cuts Costs Of Summer Mountain Fun

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Both the Epic Pass and Ikon Pass streamline skiing and riding costs during the winter. Now that summer's here, they switch gears to make warm-weather times in the mountains more affordable, too.

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Busy Construction Season Ahead At Alterra Resorts

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It looks to be a busy summer at resorts owned by Denver-based Alterra Mountain Co. as the firm begins to catch up on much-needed improvements both on and off the mountain.

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Game Changing Passes Benefit Skiers, Resorts

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The season pass landscape has erupted with options. Chief among them for access to worldwide areas are Ikon and Epic passes.

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New ‘Ski with Me Tickets’ Highlight 2019-20 Sugarbush Season Passes

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New this season, Sugarbush passholders will receive a limited number of “Ski with Me Tickets” allowing their friends and family to receive a 25 percent discount on window rate tickets. The lowest rates are available through May 8.

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Western Multi-Mountain Passes For 2019-2020 Already On Sale

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With a boffo snow year all across the nation, the multi-resort season passes earned their keep in 2018-2019 as skiers and riders hop-scotched around. Now, those same passes are up for sale for next season.

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One Pass to Ski Them All

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Alterra and Vail Resorts are going head to head snapping up resorts. Can they save skiing and make selling lift tickets a viable business?

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Alterra Puts 2019-2020 Ikon Pass On Sale

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The first mega-pass for skiing and snowboarding across North America and abroad goes on sale March 5, courtesy of Colorado-based Alterra Mountain Co.

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Biggest SnoCountry News Of 2018

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As we bid a fond farewell to 2018, the editors at SnoCountry take a look at the news that shaped skiing and riding at mountain resorts across North America over the year.

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New Snow Bowl Lift Headlines Stratton Improvements

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Now part of the Alterra Mountain Company and the Ikon Pass, the quaint slopeside village and trails of southern Vermont’s Stratton will soon offer a new lift and restructured trails that benefit every level of skier and rider at the mountain.

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‘The Experience’ On And Off The Mountain Highlights California Upgrades

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Renovations all around at early-opening California ski and snowboard resorts – in restaurants, base lodges, bars and on the hill.

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Iconic New England Road Trip With The Ikon Pass

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New England boasts six resorts for Ikon Pass holders, all within five hours of each other. With an easy flight into Boston, you can hit them all in six days. Here’s an inside look at the Northeast’s Ikon adventures.

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