e Epic and Ikon mega season passes may get a lot of attention, as they provide the ability to ski at dozens of popular ski resorts across North America, but they’re not the only passes in town. Two other passes worthy of consideration include the Mountain Collective pass and the Indy Pass. In particular, these passes are good for skiers and snowboarders who wish to sample a wide variety of ski areas.
The Indy Pass was launched last winter as a way for independent ski areas to join forces and compete with mega corporations such as Vail Resorts and Ikon. It returns for the 2020-2021 winter season, expanding to include a total of 55 ski areas across the West, Midwest, and East. 11 new resorts have been added this winter, including West Virginia’s Winterplace Resort. Returning this winter are Mid-Atlantic resorts Bryce, Canaan Valley, Blue Knob, and Shawnee Mountain.
In its second year, the Indy Pass aims to corral more skiers and riders who don't go enough times to warrant a major multi-resort pass -- and prefer the ambiance of smaller, independent resorts.
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.
With season pass sale price deadlines fast approaching, skiers across the country are googling multi-resort season pass benefits, building pass comparison matrixes in Excel, and crunching day and dollar amounts to see which pass makes the most sense for the coming ski season: the Epic Pass, Ikon Pass, or Mountain Collective.