It has been a remarkable first two winters for the Ikon Pass. Skiers have skied more than they have in the past, and ski resort operators and owners have gotten the opportunity to plan ahead and initiate projects without waiting on single-day lift ticket revenues.
But many resorts have seen crowding issues and pain points during these first two seasons, and we therefore expected some changes in the cheaper Ikon Base Pass, and those changes, at least those for the winter of 2020-2021, have been announced.
The biggest change, and one that destination skiers will want to take hard note of, is that 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.
The 2020-2021 Ikon Base Pass will go on sale on March 5, 2020 for $699. With the option for Jackson Hole and Aspen activated, the price will be $849.
The full Ikon Pass, which will sell for $999 on March 5, 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 April 22, 2020: $50 off for Ikon Base Pass holders, and $100 off for full Ikon Pass holders.
The biggest change outside of the Jackson/Aspen policy is the introduction of a four-day Ikon 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 any of the 30 participating Ikon resorts, which include partner resorts such as Jackson Hole, Aspen, Snowbird and Alta.
The leadership Jackson Hole and Aspen were pushing 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, Crystal 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, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Cypress Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, Brighton Resort, Thredbo
5-Days with No Blackouts: Mt Buller, Valle Nevado, Zermatt
5-Days Combined with Blackout Dates:
Ikon Pass Blackout Dates for 2020-2021:
The full Ikon Pass will offer these skiing privileges:
Unlimited Access: 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, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Cypress Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos Ski Valley, Brighton Resort, Thredbo, Mt Buller, Valle Nevado, Zermatt