The highly-anticipated details for Alterra Mountain Company's brand-new Ikon Pass have been let out of the bag and include even more destinations than originally announced. For the 2018–19 ski season, passholders will have access to more than 63,000 skiable acres at 26 North American resorts. The newest partners for the pass are SkiBig3 (Alberta's Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay), British Columbia's Revelstoke, and Vermont's Sugarbush. Two price tiers—one at $599, the other at $899—will provide different amounts of access for skiers and snowboarders. It's the latest step in what is shaping up to be a campaign to rival Vail Resort's Epic Pass.
The Ikon Base Pass ($599) includes unlimited days at Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Big Bear Mountain, June Mountain, Tremblant, Blue Mountain, and Snowshoe Mountain. It includes five days each at Steamboat, Mammoth Mountain, Deer Valley, Jackson Hole Mountain, Big Sky, Stratton, Killington, Revelstoke Mountain, and Sugarbush. It also includes five days total at each of the following destinations: Aspen's four mountains, Alta and Snowbird, SkiBig3, and Sunday River/Sugarloaf/Loon Mountain. Several holiday blackout dates apply at the resorts with five-day access. A $149 child pass is available for kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult pass.
The Ikon Pass ($899) includes unlimited access to the same resorts as for the Base Pass, plus Steamboat, Mammoth Mountain, and Stratton. At the rest of the mountains, skiers get seven days instead of five, with no blackout dates. The child pass costs $199.
In addition, each pass comes with "friends and family benefits": eight days at 25 percent off the window rate for lift tickets at all Ikon destinations for the Base Pass, 10 days at 25 percent off for the regular pass.
So what do you think Aspen skiers? Is the pass what you were hoping for? Would you buy it instead of an Aspen/Snowmass season pass or Classic Pass?
All passes will go on sale March 6.