The Ikon Pass is a ski resort season pass program offered by the Alterra Mountain Company, which owns and operates 15 ski resorts in North America. Ikon Pass holders have access to all 15 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, including Aspen Snowmass, Big Sky and Zermatt. A total of 43 ski destinations are participating in the Ikon Pass program this season, including ski destinations in Australia, Chile, Japan and Switzerland.
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 4-Day – provide the broadest coverage. They differ from one another in cost and length of validity.
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 flexible and inclusive season pass in the program. It provides unlimited skiing and riding at 15 ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada. It also allows you to ski at any of 27 partnering ski destinations for up to seven days. There are no blackout dates. Ikon Pass holders can also access ski resorts in international destinations like Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Chile and New Zealand.
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 still provides a lot of geographic flexibility for the entire ski season. Base Pass holders can ski or ride at 14 ski destinations, but blackout dates can apply. Blackout dates can also apply at the Ikon Pass program’s 27 partner resorts, where pass holders can enjoy the slopes for up to five days at each.
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 $60.
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. A dditionally, 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 don’t use your 2020/21 Ikon Pass, you have the option to defer the purchase price towards the 2021/22 Ikon Pass. You can make this decision between September 10, 2020 and April 11, 2021. This only applies to the Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass 4-Day.
If any Ikon destinations are closed between December 10, 2020, and April 11, 2021, the eligible Ikon Pass holder will receive a proportional credit towards any 2021/22 Ikon Pass.
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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.
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