2023/24 Ikon Pass Buyer’s Guide

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The Ikon Pass is back for another season offering access to more than 50 top resorts across the globe, plus several brand new perks for pass holders during the 2023-24 season. While there are several choices and levels of the Ikon Pass that can be a bit confusing, you will most certainly find the pass that fits the skiing needs of you and your family.

The Ikon Pass is owned and operated by the Alterra Mountain Company, a group of 17 very unique resorts. Each resort is different in terms of character and independence to offer rewarding experiences to their guests. You won’t be lacking for ski and ride trails this winter that accept some form of the Ikon Pass. Note: Ikon Passes are on sale now and you’ll get the best pricing by purchasing them early. Once the season starts, sales end.

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The Ikon Pass opens your lifts to resorts across the globe. Credit: Ikon Pass

There are primarily three choices to make with the Ikon Pass — the “full monty” — which is the king of Ikon Passes. You’ll never worry about restrictions, those annoying blackout dates, or anything else at all 50-plus resorts. Other choices are more limited in the number of resorts accessed with selected blackout dates, but still very good deals.

Ikon Pass destinations

Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat Winter Park Resort, Alyeska, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain Resort, Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, Snow Valley, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Sun Valley, Stratton, Sugarbush Resort, Killington, Pico, Blue Mountain, Cambelback, Windham Mountain, Snowshoe, The Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Crystal Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Mt. Bachelor, Schweitzer, Tremblant, Blue Mountain, Ski Big 3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, Cypress Mountain, Panorama Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks Resort, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta Ski Area, Schweitzer, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley, Dolomiti Superski, Grandvalira Resorts Andorra, Kitzbuhel, Zermatt, Thredbo, Mt. Buller, Coronet Paek, The Remarkable, Mt. Hutt, Niseko United, Lotte Arai Resort, Valley Nevado.

Zermatt, Switzerland, outdoor restaurant with view.
Restaurant with a view, Zermatt, Switzerland @Shutterstock

Unlimited access resorts

Here are the resorts with unlimited access for the Ikon Pass.

Ikon Pass pricing

Ikon Pass — Adult: $1,309; Teen/Young Adult (ages 13-22) $1,009; Children (ages 5-12) $429 (4 and under) $149.

Ikon Base Pass — Adult: $979; Teen/Young Adult (ages 13-22): $729; Children (ages 5-12): $359 (ages 0-4): $99

Ikon Session Pass (4 days)– Adult: $539; Teen/Young Adult (13-22): $429; Children (0-12): $319

For complete access and all pass details and restriction details click here: Ikon Pass.

Steamboat Ski Resort.
©Ben Duke / Steamboat Ski resort

Ikon Pass perks and discounts

Purchase your Ikon Pass early and new pass holders can ski out the current season 13 regional destination resorts. Enjoy “First Tracks” one designated morning per month in January, February, and March on untracked powder and corduroy. First Tracks access to select destinations once a month from January through March; a complimentary 1-year $20 value level to Protect Our Winters membership; 15 percent discount off food, beverage, and retail at participating locations; one-stop shopping to browse and compare hotels, activities at Ikon resorts; access to preferred pricing at select destinations; CMH heli-skiing booking. You can grab early morning laps before the lifts open to the public.

Get a discount for any pair of Smith sunglasses or prescription sunglasses plus any product on Smith.com. Save 20 percent on The North Face best gear when purchasing $100 ($200 CAD)  or more on TheNorthFace.com. Note: Both are limited time offers. Get a free Outside+ membership with unlimited access to all of its media.

Blackout dates

There are no holiday blackout dates on the full Ikon Pass. However, the Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass have blackout dates.

Ikon Pass changes for 2023-2024

Taos Ski Valley will no longer require lift reservations and has been added to the Base Plus offerings. While it’ll cost a little extra, Ikon Base Pass Plus holders can enjoy five days of access to Taos Ski Valley. However, Taos will no longer be accessible to holders of an Ikon Base Pass or Ikon Session Pass.

In August, Alterra announced the closing of the purchase of Schweitzer, bringing the company’s total year-round mountain destinations to 17 in North America. 23/24 Ikon Pass access will be expanded to unlimited days at Schweitzer, while Ikon Base Pass holders will continue to have five-day access.

Note, too, that Deer Valley Resort will require reservations.

What is the difference between the Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base?

The main difference between Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass pass is the Ikon Pass gets you everything at 50-plus resorts — the whole banana. The Ikon Base Bass includes select blackout dates but gets you unlimited five-day and five-day combined skiing at 48 destinations.

What is the difference between the Ikon Base Pass and the Ikon Base Plus Pass for 23/24?

The main difference between Ikon Base Pass and the Ikon Base Plus Pass is the Plus Pass adds in more top destinations resorts for a $200 difference.

You may also check out our news on the Epic Pass, Mountain Collective, and Indy Pass. View a comparison of the Ikon Pass vs Epic Pass here.

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