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Ikon Pass Changes For 2021-2022 Season - Including Ikon Session
BY Christopher Steiner

The biggest change from 2021 will stay in place for 2022, and it's one that destination skiers will want to take hard note of: skiing privileges at Jackson Hole and Aspen Snowmass will require Ikon Base Pass buyers to pay an extra $150. That $150 will get skiers five days at Jackson and five days at any of the four Aspen mountains. For Ikon Base skiers, those Jackson and Aspen days will still be blacked out around key holidays (Christmas, New Year's, MLD Day, and President's Day — see full list of Ikon blackout days here. Skiers who don't pay the extra fee won't get any days at Jackson or Aspen.

In addition: The Ikon Session Pass will no longer include access to Jackson Hole, Aspen, Alta, Snowbird or Deer Valley.

The 2021-2022 Ikon Base Pass will go on sale on March 11, 2021 for $729. With the option for Jackson Hole and Aspen activated, the price will be $879.

The full Ikon Pass, which will sell for $999 on March 11, will still include seven days each at Jackson Hole and Aspen, with no blackout days.

Ikon will offer a discount to those who renew their passes before May 5, 2021: $80 off for Ikon Base Pass holders, and $100 off for full Ikon Pass holders.

For 2022, Alterra Mountain Co. is bringing back the Ikon Session Pass, a four-day pass which is clearly in response to the popular Epic Passes that include between one to ten days of skiing. The four-day Ikon Pass will sell for $399 and include four days at 37 Ikon resorts. The 2022 Ikon Session Pass will not include access to Jackson Hole, Aspen, Deer Valley, Alta or Snowbird, in a change from 2021.

The leadership Jackson Hole and Aspen in 2020 pushed for changes to the Ikon construct, as complaints cropped up about crowding and lift line pinch points at the resorts. Both resorts were clearly willing to trade revenue up front for the bet that people would pay more to get on their slopes with the opportunity to earn more revenue from Alterra/Ikon from those who do pay the extra $150. The guess here is that this strategy will pay off for both resorts, as we expect crowding issues to mitigate somewhat while Ikon Pass revenue is largely preserved.

The Ikon Base Pass will include these skiing privileges:

Unlimited: Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Big Bear Mountain Resort, Snowshoe Mountain, Tremblant, Blue Mountain

Unlimited with Blackout Dates: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Solitude Mountain Resort, Stratton, Sugarbush Resort

5-Days with Blackout Dates: Steamboat, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Deer Valley Resort, Big Sky Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Crystal Mountain**, Windham Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Mt. Bachelor, Cypress Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, Brighton Resort, Thredbo

**Crystal Mountain in Washington now offers 5 days with blackouts on Ikon Base Pass and unlimited access on Ikon Pass only.

5-Days with No Blackouts: Mt Buller, Valle Nevado, Zermatt

5-Days Combined with Blackout Dates
Alta Ski Area, Snowbird
SkiBig3: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay
Killington - Pico
Niseko United
Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt (no blackouts)

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort & Aspen Snowmass Access
For expanded Ikon Base Pass access, five days can be added at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and five days at Aspen Snowmass, with select blackout dates, for an additional $150. With this purchase, all 21/22 Ikon Base Pass destinations, benefits and blackout dates apply, and 21/22 Ikon Base Pass Friends & Family vouchers are also valid at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Aspen Snowmass.

BLACKOUT DATES
North America: December 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022; January 15-16, 2022; February 19-20, 2022
Thredbo: June 26 - July 11, 2021; July 2 - July 17, 2022
No blackouts at Zermatt, Valle Nevado, Mt Buller, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt

The full Ikon Pass will offer these skiing privileges:

Unlimited Access: Unlimited: Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, Stratton, Sugarbush Resort, Snowshoe Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Solitude Mountain Resort, Tremblant, Blue Mountain

7-Days: Deer Valley Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Windham Mountain, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Mt. Bachelor, Cypress Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, Brighton Resort, Thredbo, Mt Buller, Valle Nevado, Zermatt

7-Days Combined:
Aspen Snowmass: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk
Alta Ski Area, Snowbird
SkiBig3: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay
Killington - Pico
Niseko United
Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt

BLACKOUT DATES: None