Ready for a great deal for the slopes? Well the ski/lift pass landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years. But for most people, that means we now have access to tons of great resorts at various locations…..and with some savings! These new multi-resort passes can be a bit confusing, so we’ve got all the details right here!
The Epic Pass:
Launched in 2008 this pass grants skiers and riders access to ALL of Vail Resorts’ properties, including Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge and more. Over 20 Vail-owned resorts and 17 more mountains are included in this fantastic pass.
The pass costs $719 and can be used in places close to our properties in Whistler Blackcomb and Park City, UT. There also is a brand-new Epic Day Pass that gets you 1-7 days of skiing starting at $109, with discounts included (such as 50% off lift ticket prices.) The pass deadline is early in the season, so if you’ve missed your chance this year be sure to plan ahead for 2020!
The Ikon Pass
A headline-making newcomer, this pass allows access to 14 ski resort owned by Altera including Jackson Hole, Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie, and some incredible other standout destination. You’ll also love some of the discounts and benefit the pass gives, like friends-and-family tickets.
The pass is currently on sale for $1,049, but there is a base pass with blackout dates for $749. The pass deadline is early in December, so plan ahead for 2020 if you’ve missed it this year!
The Indy Pass
Just launched this year, this pass is a great alternative. As an entry-level pass, it only costs $219. For that price, you get two days at 34 different resorts around the country for up to 72 days of uncrowded, low-key skiing and riding. These include some smaller hills at some smaller resorts but is well worth it. You can ski with this pass at properties near Hurricane Ridge and Hoodoo (OR).
One thing to know with this pass – it’s an old-school one. There’s no RFIDs for scanning – you’ll need to present your ID and get a day ticket at the window. Some blackouts apply for this pass as well, but when there are blackouts, there are many places that offer discounts at the same time as those blackouts for passholders.
The Powder Alliance
While there’s no actual pass for this one, it’s a great benefit for a LOT of great ski hills. If you buy a regular season-pass to one of the 19 participating Powder Alliance resorts, you get three days of lift tickets at the over 18 additional spots. There are some fantastic ones on this, such as Mt. Hood and Timberline – even ones outside of the US!
This one DOES have some major fine print, so be sure to check restrictions and blackout dates at the various resorts before booking.
Do we have you ready to get your ski on? Get ready for an awesome winter in the Northwest with one of these passes! And you can check out tons of great vacation rentals near the best ski resorts in the Northwest by visiting our website!