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Here come the passes; Ikon kickstarts 2021-22 rollout

8th March 2021 | Craig Altschul

Deer Valley is a popular part of the Ikon Pass

Deer Valley is a popular part of the Ikon Pass

Copyright: Scott Markewitz

It’s become a rite of spring even bigger than Warren Miller’s cardboard derbies and pond skimming. The lots-of-options passes are starting to rollout now and the reason that’s important is the longer you wait to buy them, the more you’ll pay. The other reason, of course, is next season promises to be a rollback to presumably near normal following the COVID-impacted winter of 2020-21.

The Ikon Passes were the first out of the chute and a call to Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass and The Mountain Collective reps nets a “hang on, they’re coming in early April.” The Indy Pass, however, has rolled out a $149 spring special with two days of sunshine on the slopes at each of its participating resorts.

The early indications are there are few changes from last year with Ikon though the Indy Pass, now into its spring pass season, is welcoming two New England stalwarts to it’s offering with Waterville Valley, N.H. and Saddleback Mountain at Rangeley Lakes, Maine.

Saddleback Mountain in Maine opens after 5 year hiatus

Saddleback Mountain in Maine opens after 5 year hiatus

Saddleback returned to action this year with new owners following a five-year shutdown. Both resorts are included in the Spring Pass now in use and for next season when those go on sale..

The multi-resort passes have evolved over the past decade as some of the mega resort companies began acquiring sister resorts and smaller feeders. Alterra Mountain Company, which issues The Ikon Pass, owns 15 resorts itself, but its pass is a collaborative partnership with 44 ski area across the globe. 

Alterra’s link-up includes Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, Windham Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, Zermatt, Thredbo, Mt Buller, Niseko United, Valle Nevado, and NZ Ski.

The Ikon pass choices require some homework, but there are so many choices (some come with blackout dates) that there will be options to fit you and/or your family’s skiing and snowboarding appetites for the season. Act before May 5 if you currently have an Ikon Pass and want to renew and get a $100 savings. 

There are other early bird promos and you can spread you payments out using Affirm. 2021-22 prices range from kids four and under at $125 to adults 23 and older at $988, holding steady for the new season.

“Adventure Assurance" is back and allows buyers to defer their purchase for a season or receive a credit if Covid causes in-season closures. As usual, there are multiple combinations you can purchase.

Feeling a bit more independent and aching for some sunshine? The Indy Spring Pass kicked off March 1 at $149 (ages 13+) and $69 for kids. It provides two free days of skiing at all 63 resorts including Waterville Valley and Saddleback with various weekend blackouts at Brundage Mountain, Bolton Valley, Cannon Mountain, Magic Mountain, Mission Ridge and Silver Mountain.

So, if you’d like a jump on a promising 2021-22 season and want to shave some dollars off the cost, the Ikon Pass is ready to go along with some sunny Independent Pass days. Just keep that eagle eye ready for announcements of the Epic Pass that includes all of Vail Resort’s numerous owned and operated mountains and more and The Mountain Collective choices.

 

 

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