The Ikon Pass is a ski resort season pass program offered by the Alterra Mountain Company, which owns and operates 14 ski resorts in North America. Ikon Pass holders have access to all 14 resorts, including Crystal Mountain, Deer Valley Resort and Stratton Mountain, as well as a number of partner resorts in the US and around the world, although restrictions apply depending on the pass. New for 2022-23 season are the addition of Chamonix France, Sun Valley, and Snow Bason. A total of 50 ski destinations are participating in the Ikon Pass program this season, including ski destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Japan, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.
The Ikon Pass program features different pass types to cater to a variety of customer needs. The three main Ikon Passes – Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass – provide the broadest coverage. New this year, the Session Pass has 2-Day, 3-Day, and 4-Day options They differ from one another in cost and length of validity. Ikon also offers local passes for some resorts, see details here.
When choosing the right Ikon Pass for you, consider how frequently you ski, how easily you can access participating resorts and how much you are willing to spend. To help you think through the options, let’s consider the three Ikon passes being offered.
The Ikon Pass is the most inclusive pass of the Ikon Pass program. It includes unlimited and unrestricted access to 14 ski resorts in North America with additional 7 day each access to 35 resorts in the US, Canada, Europe, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. If the Ikon Pass doesn't meet your needs consider the Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass 4-Day.
For more information, including a full list of participating resorts and a coverage map, see our Ikon Pass review.
Though slightly more restrictive than the Ikon Pass, the Ikon Base Pass falls in the middle of the three Ikon Pass program offerings. It is more restrictive than the Ikon Pass and more inclusive, providing broader coverage, than the Ikon Session Passes. It includes unlimited access to 13 ski resorts in North America with black out dates at 6 of them, and with additional access to 32 ski destinations with 5 day each access in the US, Canada, Europe, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
The Ikon Base Pass is also accepted at the program’s participating international resorts. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the slopes at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Aspen-Snowmass by upgrading to the Ikon Base Plus Pass.
Note, the price difference between the unrestricted Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass children ages 5 to 12 only differs by $40.
This season Ikon offers 3 different types of the Ikon Session Pass; 2 day, 3 day and 4 day. The difference being the number of days you can ski.
The Ikon Session Pass 4-Day allows holders to access 30 select ski resorts for a total of four consecutive days. This pass is best suited for customers who prefer to plan short trips to multiple ski destinations throughout the season but for only a total of 4 ski or ride days at the participating resorts. Blackout dates apply at most resorts.
This pass doesn’t offer renewal discounts or the option to purchase pass insurance. Additionally, the price of 4 and under for the Ikon Session Pass 4-Day is more expensive than the 4 and under Ikon Pass, which is more flexible.
All three Ikon season passes offer discounts for Military, College Students, and Nurses:
The Adventure Assurance Program acts as purchase insurance for your Ikon Pass. If you choose to defer the use your 2022/23 Ikon Pass before December 8th, 2022 you can apply the purchase price towards the 2023/24 Ikon Pass. You can defer online in your Ikon account. This applies to the Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass, Ikon Base Plus Pass and Ikon Session Pass.
COVID-19 Closure Credit - Depending on your Adventure Assurance election, all destinations or or one eligible destination, the pass holder will receive credit if a selected Ikon destination is closed between December 17th, 2022, and March 5th, 2023. The eligible Ikon Pass holder will receive proportional credit towards the purchase of a 2023/24 Ikon Pass.
See details here.
The Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass and certain Ikon local passes offer a variety of discounts. Health care professionals, members of the military, college students and seniors may be able to purchase passes at discounted rates. Some participating resorts also offer discounts on family passes, companion tickets, lodging, dining, retail, equipment rentals and ski school lessons.
See details here.
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