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SEASON PASS
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Find the Best Season Pass for the 2020-2021 Season

Choosing a pass is overwhelming, with more than 50 different passes providing access to over 160 resorts globally. Let’s make it easier.

Season passes are more flexible and better value than ever before

Planning to ski for 4 days or more next season? There is a season pass for you. There are 5 major multi-resort passes with access to more than 160 resorts globally. Combined, there are more than 50 pass options providing customization around number of days, resorts, holidays, age and location. More resorts have joined pass networks and window rates for lift tickets have sky rocketed.

 

And we know what you're thinking ... what if the mountains don't open this season? Will I be stuck with a pass that's useless? Never fear - all of the season passes have built in some form of insurance to make sure that no one ends up paying for a pass they can't use.

PASS RECOMMENDER

Quickly see which pass is best for you based on where you want to go and how often you plan to hit the slopes.

Destination Passes Overview

EPIC PASS by Vail Resorts

87 Resorts, 37 with unlimited access

Resort Highlights 

Colorado: Vail, Beaver Creek, Telluride,
Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte

Utah: Park City, Snowbasin

Northwest: Whistler Blackcomb

Lake Tahoe: Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar

Northeast: Okemo, Stowe

Why we like it: Priority reservations to all Vail Resorts. The most access in Colorado. Unlimited days at premier resorts in the U.S., Canada and Australia; flexibility to explore Europe and Japan. New for 2020/21, Epic Mountain Rewards. Save 20% on almost everything (excl. lift passes at Vail resorts).

Breakeven value: ~8 days / Full; ~7 days / Local; Every day (up to 7) on Epic Day

Covid-19 Policy: Epic Coverage – full or prorated refund if skiing is affected for any reason. More details here.

Adult Price Starts:

$749

IKON PASS by Alterra 

43 Resorts, 14 with unlimited access

Resort Highlights

Colorado: Aspen / Snowmass, Steamboat
Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Winter Park

Utah: Deer Valley, Alta / Snowbird

Northwest: Jackson Hole, Ski Big3, Taos

S. California: Mammoth 

Lake Tahoe: Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

Northeast: SugarbushLoon, Killington

Why we like it: So much powder on one pass. Access to amazing destinations globally - resorts in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and Chile. 

Breakeven value: ~7 days / Full; ~4 days / Local

Covid-19 Policy: Adventure Assurance – receive a proportional refund should any Ikon resorts close between Dec-10 and Apr-11. Passholders also have the option to defer unused passes to the following season at any time from Sept-10 - Apr-11. More details here.

Adult Price Starts:

$849

MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE

22 Resorts, 2 days at each

Resort Highlights

CO: Aspen / Snowmass, Arapahoe Basin

Utah:  AltaSnowbird

Northwest: Jackson Hole, SkiBig 3, Taos

California: Squaw / Alpine, Mammoth

W. Canada: Banff Sunshine, Revelstoke 

Northeast: Sugarbush, Sugarloaf

Why we like it: Perfect for exploring several luxurious destinations; ultimate guilt-free variety for jetsetters and millennials - get ready to follow the powder. Best for skiing on holidays - no blackout dates.

Breakeven value: ~4 days; add more value with 50% off additional days at each resort

Covid-19 Policy: No-questions-asked refund policy through October 16th

Adult Price:

$589

 

Destination Passes Comparison

  • 3 Epic Pass options - Full, Local, Day

  • 6 Regional Pass options - learn more

    • Northeast Value (16 resorts)

    • Tahoe Local (9 resorts)

    • Tahoe Value​ (3 resorts)

    • Summit (2 resorts)

    • Keystone Plus (3 resorts)

    • Epic Australia (3 resorts)

  • 4 Single Resort Pass options

  • Military Epic Pass - starting at $169. For active and retired members of the U.S., Canadian and Australian military and their dependents

  • Currently enrolled College students, $659 for full pass; also regional options 

 

  • 6 SWAF (ski with a friend) tickets

    •  20 -25% savings vs. window rates

  • 20% off select lodging

  • 10-15% off on mountain dining at select resorts (some resorts also have time restrictions for discounts)

  • Up to 20% off equipment rentals

  • 10% off CME transportation

  • 1 free equipment tune up 

  • 3 Ikon Pass options - Full, Base, Session

  • Base pass has up to 7 days limit at partner resorts 

  • Local pass has up to 5 days limit at partner resorts

  • Add 5 days at each of Jackson Hole & Aspen/Snowmass to Base Pass for $150

  • Military, College & Nurses Passes, starting at $529. For active and retired members of the U.S. and Canadian military and their dependents. For currently enrolled college students. For nurses (healthcare heroes!)

  • 8 days for Friends & Family (Base); 10 days  Full

    •  25% savings vs. window rates

  • 10 - 15% off retail and food & beverage at select resorts (mostly those with unlimited access)

  • Discounts on lodging and lesson packages at selected resorts

  • This is it - 1 Pass

  • Provides 2 days at each resort

  • 50% off single day lift tickets for pass holders after the first 2 days are used (excluding global affiliates)

  • No blackout dates

  • If purchased by early, receive a bonus (third) day at one resort of your choice 

  • 19/20 pass holders will receive a minimum 20% credit (maximum 80%) to use for a 20-21 pass

  • Epic Coverage – a built-in insurance policy (included with every 20/21 pass) 

  • $49 down to lock in lowest rates, pay in full in mid-Sept 

  • Receive buddy tickets and Ski With a Friend (SWAF) tickets 

  • ​Option to defer the value of your pass to a 2020-21 pass between Sept-10 and Dec-10 (for no additional cost, as long as it has not been used) 

  • Renewing Ikon Pass Holders save $200; Ikon Base Pass holders save $100

  • Save up to $100 per children's passes with the purchase of adult passes

87

37

47

26

43

15

43

15

22

-

Total

Unlimited Access

Pass Options

Special Pricing for Military, Students & Nurses

* Includes access to advanced reservations for CMH Heli-Skiing​

Additional Benefits

Epic

Day Passes

 

Pass Type

Early Deadline:

Price (by age)

 Adult

 Teen 

 Child

 Toddler

Epic Pass

Sept-17

 

$999 (Age 13+)

 -

509     (5 - 12)

 -

Epic Local

Sept-17

 

$749 (Age 19+)

 599   (13 - 18)

389     (5 - 12)

 -

Ikon Pass

June-17

 

$1,149 (Age 23+)

 899   (13 - 22)

479     (5 - 12)

     209       (0 - 4)

Base Pass

June-17

 

$849 (Age 23+)

 679   (13 - 22)

449     (5 - 12)

     169       (0 - 4)

Mountain

Collective

TBD

 

$589 (Age 13+)

 -

169     (0 - 12)

-

  • Renewing? Save $50

  • Receive a bonus (third) day at your choice resort

Spring Pricing Specials

Resorts on Pass

Learn More
& Purchase

EPIC FOR EVERYONE DETAILS

DAY PASS

Epic Day Passes

Adult (23+) 

               Reg.     Peak 

1 Day     $112 | $133 

4 Day       415 |   493

7 Day       667 |   789

      

Child (5 - 12)

1 Day     $  59 | $  69  

4 Day       216 |   251

7 Day       356 |   403

  • The best deal around for holiday skiing or riding for a limited (up to 7) number of days

  • All day passes have access to 17 resorts

  • 4-Day+ passes have access to 26 resorts

  • Discounts up to 50% off window rates, even over holidays 

 

REGIONAL Passes 

POWER PASS

11 Resorts, 6 with unlimited access, 3 days each at the others

Primary Regions

Southwest Rockies (CO, AZ, NM)

Resort Highlights by Region

Colorado: Purgatory, Hesperus, Copper

Utah: Nordic Valley

Southwest: Sipapu, Snowbowl

*Check back, new parters TBD

Why we like it: Visit the slopes regularly with unlimted access to your local resort and take a few trips to partner destinations such as Copper, CO and Kiroro, Japan 

Breakeven value: ~8 - 12 days / Full; ~5 - 7 days / Local

Adult Price Starts:

$599

INDY PASS

52 Resorts, 2 Days at each

Primary Regions

West, Midwest, East

Resort Highlights by Region

West: Beaver Mt, UT; Brundage, ID; Red Lodge MT

Midwest: Big Powderhorn, MI; Nordic Mountain, WI; Tyrol Ski Area, WI, Granite Peak, WI

East: Shawnee, PA; Massanutten, VA; Suicide Six, VT; Bolton Valley, VT, Catamount, NY

Adult Price Starts:

$199

ADD-ON PASSES 

POWDER ALLIANCE

19 Resorts, 1 unlimited access, 3 days each at the other 18

Primary Regions

West (Rockies, Sierras, Southwest) 

Resort Highlights by Region

Colorado: Monarch

Califonia: Sugar Bowl, Sierra at Tahoe

Northwest: Steven's Pass, Whitewater

Why we like it: Enjoy the benefits of an Anytime Season Pass at your "home" mountain and add variety to your routine with a few long weekends at "neighboring" resort

Breakeven value: Depends on Season Pass cost, ~ 8 - 10 days

Adult Price:

$450-$900

FREEDOM PASS

19 Resorts, 1 unlimited access, 3 days each at the other 18

Primary Regions

Rockies, Northeast

Resort Highlights by Region

Colorado: Purgatory, Hesperus

Southwest: Nordic Valley, Snowbowl

VT/NH: Bolton Valley, Magic Mountain, Whaleback, Dartmouth Skiway 

Why we like it: Unlimted access to your home resort and take a long weekends at resorts across the U.S. - explore from New England, to the Southwest Rockies and even Eaglecrest, Alaska

Breakeven value: ~8 - 12 days / Full; ~5 - 7 days / Local

Adult Price:

$499 -599

 

Regional / ADD-on Passes Comparison

 Additional Value

Pass Type

Early Deadline

Price (by age)

 Adult

 Teen 

 Child

 Toddler

Resorts by the Numbers

 Total

 Unlimited Access

Power Pass

-

 

$599 (Age 37+)

 199    (13 - 18)

149    (11 - 12)

     Free      (0 - 10)

11

 6

Local Power Pass

-

 

$299 (Age 25+)

 -

 -

    Free     (0 - 10)

5

 4

Any Time Season Pass 

-

 

~$450 - $900

 (Depends on 

season pass price for base resort)

19

 1

Any Time Season Pass 

-

 

~$499 - $599

 (Depends on 

season pass price for base resort)

19

 1

  • There are 19 different resorts with Any Time Season Passes in the Freedom Pass

  • 5 of the resorts are also affiliated with the Power Pass

  • Check with individual resort where purchasing season pass

  • Full pass has special tiered pricing for young adults ages 19 - 26, starting at $299 

  • Children under 10 ski free (at 5 resorts - Purgatory, Hesperus, Snowbobwl, PaJaRito, Sipapu)

  • There are 2 Power Pass options

  • Full Power Pass holders get 3 days at each of the 5 partner resorts 

  • Local Power Pass Plus also includes 3 days at Snowbowl, AZ

Pass Option Details

Special pricing

  • No blackout dates for unlimited resorts

  • Receive 6 tickets for 30% off of lift tickets at the 6 mountains (Purgatory, Hesperus, Snowbobwl, PaJaRito, Sipapu, Nordic Valley)

  • 50% off 1- day lift tickets after first 3 days at Powder Alliance partners

  • 25% off window rates at other partners

  • No blackouts 

  • There are 19 different resorts with Any Time Season Passes in the Powder Alliance

  • Check with individual resort where purchasing season pass

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