Don’t Know Which Ski Pass To Get? We’ll Compare the 3 Most Popular!

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Don’t Know Which Ski Pass To Get? We’ll Compare the 3 Most Popular!

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Love to ski?  Us, too!  Million Mile Secrets team member Keith loves using his Southwest Companion Pass to get 2-for-1 flights to terrific mountain destinations in Colorado and Utah! 

If you’ve been to ski resorts in recent years, you likely know that daily lift tickets are NOT cheap.  Depending how often you plan to hit the slopes this winter, it could make financial sense to buy a pass that gets you access to multiple mountains.

The 3 most popular passes for travelers who ski or snowboard are the Ikon Pass, the Mountain Collective Pass, and the Epic Pass.  We’ll compare all 3 to help you decide which is best for you!

Searching for a Season Pass to Ski or Snowboard This Winter? We’ll Compare the 3 Most Popular Options Available!

1.   Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass gives you access to the 35 of the most iconic mountains in the world.  This pass offers you a bit of everything, including opportunity to ski or snowboard in Canada or Japan!

With the Ikon Pass, You Get Unlimited Access to Squaw Valley in California!

There are two pass options, including:

  • Ikon Pass ($999): unlimited riding at 14 destinations and up to 7 days at 21 other destinations 
  • Ikon Base Pass ($699): unlimited at 12 destinations and up to 5 days at 23 other destinations

Both passes include friends and family benefits with options for 25% off window rates for up to 10 people with the Ikon Pass and up to 8 people with the Ikon Base Pass.

With the Ikon Pass, you get unlimited access to these mountains: 

  • Steamboat, Colorado (unlimited access NOT included with Ikon Base Pass)
  • Winter Park, Colorado
  • Copper Mountain, Colorado
  • Eldora, Colorado
  • Squaw Valley, California
  • Mammoth, California
  • June Mountain, California
  • Big Bear Mountain Resort, California
  • Stratton, Vermont (unlimited access NOT included with Ikon Base Pass)
  • Snowshoe, West Virginia
  • Crystal Mountain Resort, Washington
  • Tremblant, Quebec
  • Blue Mountain, Ontario
  • Solitude Mountain Resort, Utah

Keep in mind, the Ikon Base Pass comes with the following blackout dates at the above mountains: 

  • December 26, 2018 to December 31, 2018
  • January 19, 2019 to January 20, 2019
  • February 16, 2019 to February 17, 2019

You can use the day access benefit (7 days with Ikon Pass & 5 days with Ikon Base Pass) at these destinations: 

  • Thredbo, Australia
  • The Summit at Snoqualmie, California
  • Canadian Mountain Heli Skiing, Canada
  • Cypress Mountain, Canada
  • Revelstoke, Canada
  • Ski Big, Canada
  • Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
  • Niseko United, Japan
  • Sunday River, Maine
  • Sugarloaf, Maine
  • Boyne Highlands, Michigan
  • Boyne Mountains, Michigan
  • Big Sky, Montana
  • Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Alta, Utah
  • Brighton, Utah
  • Deer Valley, Utah
  • Snowbird, Utah
  • Solitude, Utah
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Daily lift tickets at some of these resorts can exceed $150!  So depending how often you ski, the 5 or 7 daily lift tickets alone could make it worth the investment!

2.   The Mountain Collective

Have you been dreaming of visiting some of the best ski destination in the world, but might not want to spend an entire month’s paycheck on a lift ticket?  The Mountain Collective Pass might be for you. 

With this pass, you can ski 2 days at 17 unbelievable destinations.

Ski Season Is Just Around The Corner! With the Mountain Collective Pass, You Can Access 17 Incredible Destinations!

The Mountain Collective Pass is $449 for adults.  And for kids 12 and under, the pass is ONLY $99!

Each additional day is 50% off, making a ski trip totally affordable for you and your family.  This discount only applies to single day lift tickets. 

All 2018 to 2019 19 passholders will receive 2 days at each of the destinations below for a total of 34 days.

  • Thredbo, Australia
  • Mammoth, California
  • Squaw Valley, California
  • Banff Sunshine, Canada
  • Lake Louise, Canada
  • Revelstoke, Canada
  • Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Niseko United, Japan
  • Big Sky, Montana
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, New Zealand
  • Alta, Utah
  • Snowbasin, Utah
  • Snowbird, Utah
  • Sugarbush, Vermont
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With this pass, there are no blackout dates.

Each passholder also gets 2 days at Chamonix in France and Valle Nevado in Chile.  Note, 50% off daily lift tickets does not apply to affiliate resorts in either of these locations.

3.   The Epic Pass

The Epic Pass is definitely worth considering if you like to travel to ski.  

Epic Passholders Get Access to 65 Resorts Across the World for Less Than $1,000!

You have access to 65 resorts across the world and some of the best skier could dream!  This pass can get you on mountains in Austria, Canada, Japan, Italy, France, and Switzerland! 

The Epic Pass is $929 for adults and $479 for children.

Each passholder will receive unlimited days at the following resorts:

  • Perisher, Australia  (unlimited 2019 access)    
  • Heavenly, California 
  • Kirkwood, California   
  • Northstar, California 
  • Whistler Blackcomb, Canada 
  • Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
  • Beaver Creek, Colorado 
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Crested Butte, Colorado
  • Keystone, Colorado 
  • Vail, Colorado
  • Mt. Brighton, Michigan  
  • Afton Alps, Minnesota 
  • Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire 
  • Park City, Utah
  • Stowe, Vermont 
  • Okemo, Vermont  
  • Stevens Pass, Washington 
  • Wilmot, Wisconsin   

With the Epic Pass, you also receive 7 days plus 50% off lift tickets once all 7 days are used at the following resorts: 

  •   Fernie Alpine Resort, Canada 
  •   Kimberly Alpine Resort, Canada
  •   Stoneham, Canada
  •   Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Canada
  •   Nakiska Ski Area, Canada
  •   Mont-Sainte Anne, Canada
  •   Telluride, Colorado 

And passholders can ski for 5 days at these Japanese resorts:

  • Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort, Japan 
  • Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Japan
  • Hakuba Winter Sports Park, Japan
  • Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort, Japan
  • Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort
  • Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Resort, Japan
  • Jilgatake Snow Resort, Japan
  • Kashimayari Ski Resort, Japan
  • Tsugaike Kogen Snow Resort, Japan

Plus, with the Epic Pass you can visit 30 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland!

Where are you planning to ski this winter?  Let us know where you’re headed and what pass product you’re getting!

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Lots of these passes have cheaper options too. Like 4 and 7 days passes, and restricted passes as well. Got the EPIC pass during the summer when it was cheaper and am using points at Marriott VAIL over Christmas for an affordable ski vacation. I would have liked to get one of the other passes because they are cheaper and provide access to some mountains i have never ski’d, but i couldn’t pass up free lodging during high season.

Awesome! I love Vail.