Welcome to the Avant Ski Season Pass Update tracker! Hard to believe, but season passes for the 2021-22 season are on sale now!
Here you can find the latest details on season passes as well as Covid-19 related changes to the major multi-resort season pass programs including pricing changes, insurance coverage and deadlines to purchase passes.
Skiing has been one of the best ways to spend time outside this winter and with 19% of the U.S. adult population already vaccinated as of March 11, we're feeling good optimistic about next season. At this time, the major season pass programs are continuing to include Covid-19 insurance policies.
Bottom line: Insurance takes the risk out and the earlier you buy your pass, the less you pay.
Not sure which pass is right for you? Visit our Season Pass Guide for an in-depth comparison of all of the options. Or just let us do all of the hard work with our personalized pass recommendation tool.
Last Updated: March 24, 2021
2021-22 Sales Started March 24.
Bottom Line: Epic prices across the board are down 20%, a return to 2015-2016 levels, but with a lot more resorts on board.
Price: Epic Pass – $783
Epic Local Pass – $583
Early Deadline to Purchase: TBD
Early Pricing Deadline: Vail has not yet announced an early pricing deadline. Last season, the Epic Pass could be secured with a $49 down payment through September 17, 2020.
Renewal Discount: None, the 20% price cut is more than the renewal discount would have been...though does favor new passholders.
Reservation System: Vail does NOT plan to have a reservation system for the 2021-22 season.
Pass Insurance Is Here to Stay: Vail introduced "Epic Coverage" – a built-in insurance policy for the 20/21 Epic Pass that offers prorated cash refunds (rather than credit towards next season's pass). This will remain for the 2021-22 season.
Epic Coverage is split into two categories: Qualifying Personal Events and Covered Resort Closures.
If a qualifying personal event (such as injury, illness, or qualifying job loss) occurs, passholders will receive a prorated refund in accordance with the number of days skied. Here's how the refunds break down:
If any Vail Resorts experience closures during the season, passholders will receive a prorated refund based on the percentage of potential ski days lost. It is important to note that these refunds will also be affected by several 'preferences' that passholders must select when purchasing their pass:
Passholders must choose whether they would like to cover a specific week, or the entire 'core season' (between Thanksgiving and Easter). They must also choose whether to cover a preferred resort, or all resorts.
A full breakdown of how to optimize coverage can be found here. Scroll down to the FAQ selection and read under the "How are Refunds Determined?" dropdown.
Lots of details, but the bottom line is that if some reason you're unable to make full use of your Epic Pass (less than 7 days), you're probably covered to some degree.
Want to learn more about the Epic Pass? Check out our comprehensive Epic Pass Guide here.
2021-22 Sales Started March 11.
Price: Ikon Pass – $999 (same as 2020-21 early bird price)
Ikon Base Pass – $699 ($30 more than 2020-21 early bird price)
Sales Begin: March 11
Early Deadline to Purchase: May 4, 2021 (Also purchase by this deadline to pay over time)
Renewal Discount: $100 off for renewing Ikon Pass holders, $70 off for renewing Ikon Base Pass holders. Renewal discounts are likely to expire in the Fall.
What's New: Crystal Mountain will no longer be unlimited on the Ikon Pass Base, instead it will be treated like a partner destination with 5 days subject to blackout dates.
Adventure Assurance Credits: Ikon Adventure Assurance allows passholders to defer their pass to next season should they not use it from June 4, 2020 - April 11, 2021 for any reason. Further, credit due to eligible Covid-19 closures will be available to passholders starting April 19. Credit will vary based passholders election of "All Destinations" or "One Destination" and applied to the purchase of any 21/22 Ikon Pass after April 19, 2021. *If you are expecting a credit, wait until after this deadline to buy your pass for next season.
What is Sticking from Last Year's Changes: Jackson Hole and Aspen will continue to be a $150 upgrade for 5 days at each for Ikon Base Pass Holders. These resorts will remain 7 day partners on the full Ikon Pass.
Ikon Pass will continue to offer Adventure Assurance for their 2020/21 passes. This program was introduced last year in response to Covid-19. Unused passes can be rolled over to the following season any time prior to December 9, 2021.
The Session Pass: This pass offers 4 days in total at 37 resorts globally. For the 2021/22 season, 7 new resorts including Copper, Eldora , Mt. Bachelor, Windham, Killington-Pico, RED Mountain, and Niseko United will be accessible to Session Pass Holders. Session pass holders will not receive early spring access.
Priority Passholder Reservations: Ikon has not yet released details on reservation requirements for the 2020-21 season. Ikon's latest details on reservations are at ikonpass.com/en/reservations...check back frequently as Alterrra disclaims, "Information is subject to change at anytime without notice."
Pass Insurance: Ikon's Covid-19 assurances include a proportional credit towards a 22/23 pass should any Ikon Pass destinations close due to Covid-19 between December 18th and March 6th.
Child Pass Promotion: Ikon offers great early season discounts for children. When purchased with an adult pass, a full Ikon pass for a child 5-12 is $219 and the Base Pass is $179. The Base Base with the Jackson Hole and Aspen add on is $329 - so maybe just go Full?!
Bonus Spring Access!: New pass holders can ski at the following resorts for the remainder of this season as follows:
Immediately (as of March 11): Big Bear, Snowshoe
Want to learn more about the Ikon Pass? Check out our comprehensive Ikon Pass Guide here.
Spring Pass Sales now available
Price: Indy Spring Pass $149 adults, $69 kids
Sales Begin: March 1
Indy Pass for the 2021/22 Season goes on sale in June
Access: 63 Resorts with 2 days at each, with 25% off of a third day
What's New: The Indy Pass has added 19 resorts this season including Jay Peak, VT; Granite Peak, WI; Saddleback Mountain, ME; Waterville Valley, NH; and Snow King, WY
Blackout Dates: 4 resorts will have blackout dates as follows:
Brundage Mountain – March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Cannon Mountain – All Saturdays and Sundays in March and April
Magic Mountain – March 6, 7, 12, 13
Silver Mountain – March 6, 7, 12, 13
Pass Insurance: In the event you are not able to use your pass this season, Indy Pass is offering a 50% credit towards next season's pass. If you are only able to use 1 day, Indy Pass is offering a 25% credit towards next season's pass.
2021-22 Sales Started March 16.
Sales Begin: March 16
Access: 23 Resorts with 2 days at each, with 50% off unlimited additional days
What's New: Mountain Collective is offering a teen pass for ages 13 - 18 for $399.
Early Pricing Deadline: None; though early purchasers receive a third day free at the resort of their choice
Renewal Discount: $50
Refund Policy: The pass will offer a no-questions-asked refunds prior to Aug. 31, 2021.
Want to learn more about the Mountain Collective? Check out our comprehensive Mountain Collective Guide here.
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