The Best Bargains Are Out There For 2024-2025 Multi-Resort Passes

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With the deepest discounts in place, next season's multi-mountain passes across the West have officially gone on sale.

Ranging from totally unlimited skiing-riding to several days free, the industry's seven major multi-destination passes have opened pre-season sales at the lowest prices for the 2024-2025 season. Most permit end-of-season skiing and 'boarding if a pass is purchased before a mountain closes. A few offer payment plans.

Ikon Pass. After a two-year hiatus, Washington's Crystal Mountain comes back aboard with unlimited access. Utah's Brighton Resort has removed reservations that Ikon Pass holders had to make. And, Arapahoe Basin remains as a seven-day partner, despite being bought by Alterra this winter. With 10 in the West and five in western Canada, Ikon continues with Unlimited, Base, Base Plus and Session options.

Indy Pass. The two-day pass at 200 resorts (78 in the West) adds Colorado's Powderhorn, B.C.'s Mt. Washington Alpine (on Vancouver Island), and Alaska's Mt. Eyak that can be reached only by air or water -- and has the oldest single chair the U.S. Plus, pass holders get snowcat tour discounts in B.C., Idaho and Washington.

Mountain Collective. Like Indy, buy a pass and get two days free at 12 in the West and six in western Canada. Despite its recent change in ownership, Arapahoe Basin is expected to stay for next season.

Powder Alliance. Bear Valley joins up next season, making it six California resorts. A season pass at any of 19 resorts in West redeems for three at each of all the others. Some restrictions set by individual mountains.

Cali Pass. The newest multi-mountain pass adds Bear Valley to it California collection of Mountain High, China Peak and Dodge Ridge. All on Powder Alliance, too.

Power Pass. New Mexico's Sandia Peak comes on board after purchase this winter by Power Pass owners. But Hesperus outside Durango will not open next season. Portfolio of 12 covers six states, Chile and a bike park in Texas.

Epic Pass. Now in its 15th season, the Vail-owned pass has a 42-resort portfolio that is much the same -- with Unlimited, Local, Value, Plus, Select, Day and resort-specific options. Pass Includes six resorts in Rockies, three in California, Stevens Pass in Washington, and three on the Powder Highway in western Canada. Crans-Montana is new in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

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Changes To 2023-2024 Mega-Passes Aim To Make It Quicker To The Lift

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The first wave of multi-mountain pass sales for 2023-2024 is upon us and, while prices keep rising and rosters shift, it's ease of access where we find issuers most focused upon.

An example is the Mountain Collective. For next season (which is sold out already) the company will mail a physical pass to pass purchasers, who then can go directly to the lift without stopping at the ticket window. Since its debut in 2012, the pass meant skiers and riders had to pick up a day lift ticket -- often time consuming -- for every time they visited a Mountain Collective partner.

Now, Collective passholders can jump-start their two days at any of 15 U.S. resorts more quickly. Same with the additional days for half off. Not all are signed up yet, but company officials said they hope to have all its partner-resorts with direct-to-lift scanning.

The Indy Pass announced several changes. For the first time, the company will limit the number of two-days-per-resort passes that are sold. To reward loyalty, Indy will run an early-bird sale for current and former passholders, then fill wait-list requests, before opening up the remaining passes to everyone else.

In addition, the Indy Pass will be a physical RFID card that will be mailed to holders and open scanning gates without need of a day ticket. The number of its 120-plus partners set to honor the RFID card is yet to be determined. At one of Indy's "allied" resorts like Cherry Peak, Loup Loup, or Sleeping Giant, presenting the card is good for one day, 50% off midweek and non-holiday, or 25% off busier times.

Lastly, the Epic Pass has moved out of the physical realm of a plastic pass and into the digital world of a smartphone. The 2023-2024 pass -- good for unlimited time on 40 mountains -- will "live" on the phone and scan at the gates. A physical pass can still be had.

 

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Multi-Mountain Passes Line Up For 2022-2023 In The West

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We are entering the final period for discounts on multi-resort passes in the West, so let's take a look at what's new for the five nationwide players in the multiple mountain game.

The roster for the two-days-at-each Indy Pass continued to grow domestically this summer, with an eye for close-by pairings. The latest to join up are California's Mountain High -- creating a pairing with nearby Snow Valley above L.A. -- and Dodge Ridge in the Central Sierra, close to Indy partner China Peak.

Earlier this summer, Mt. Hood Meadows became the fourth Indy resort in Oregon. With five in Washington, the road-trippin' Indy Pass now boasts 28 full-on partners in the Rockies, Sierra and Cascades. Just show your pass at the ticket window, and head to the lift.

The unlimited-access Ikon Pass now covers 24 resorts in the West. Last spring, Utah's Snowbasin and Idaho's Sun Valley joined up and later, Panorama on Canadian Rockies' Powder Highway -- bringing Ikon's international presence to 10 countries. The pass also added 2- and 3-day options to its short-term Session Pass.

The Powder Alliance requires showing a season pass from any of its 21 resorts to get three free days at Alliance partners. The pass beefed up its international portfolio this summer with the addition of two New Zealand resorts on the flanks of the nation's largest volcano: Tūroa Ski Area and Wakapappa Ski Area. The rest of the Alliance's roster, including 17 in the West, remains the same.

Mountain Collective passholders now have Snowbasin and Sun Valley in the U.S., and Canada's Marmot Basin and Massif de Charlevois to put on their itinerary. Skiers and riders get two days at each of 11 resorts in the West, seven in Canada, and six others around the globe. Just show proof of purchase of the Mountain Collective pass and head to the hill.

After a decade of frenetic acquisitions, Vail Resorts only added Andermatt-Sedrun in Switzerland to its Epic Pass. Now, the industry's first multi-mountain pass has 37 resorts in the U.S., including six resorts in the Rockies (plus limited-days partner Tellluride), four on the West Coast, and western Canada's Whistler-Blackcomb.

Epic and Ikon passes also offer a variety of more restrictive passes for local areas or regions, limited number of days or late season, and special groups such as seniors, college or military.

 

 

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Epic Pass Fine-Tunes Access, Pricing For 2022-2023 Season

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A modest price increase, more choice for multi-day passes, and a monthly no-interest payment plan are among the changes as the Epic Pass for the 2022-2023 winter season comes on the early-season market.

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An Expansive Epic Pairing Awaits At Lake Tahoe

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A half-dozen ski and snowboard resorts encircle Lake Tahoe, and two of the largest -- Heavenly Mountain and Northstar California -- belong to the Epic Pass network.

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An Epic Pairing: Crested Butte And Telluride

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While Epic Pass holders tend toward destinations along Interstate 70, there's much to be had at a couple of Colorado resorts that are a bit off the beaten track.

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California Epic Pass Resorts Poised To Open

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A trio of Lake Tahoe-area resorts on the Epic Pass system have done all they can to get ready for the 2021-2022 season, and now it's up to Mother Nature.

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Colorado Epic Resorts Geared Up For This Season

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A quartet of Colorado resorts in the Epic Pass system is set to show off improvements as the 2021-2022 ski and snowboard season gains momentum.

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Resorts To Loosen Covid Restrictions

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Last season, Covid gave a jolt to the time-honored habits of skiers and riders, but the 2021-2022 season promises to be a bit less restrictive -- with exceptions.

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Multi-Mountain Season Pass Options Explode Across U.S.

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You want season pass choices this season? American ski and snowboard resorts, state associations and resort-to-resort partnerships have burst out all over -- all designed to get you on the slopes more often, and at discounted prices.

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Who’s Winning The Battle Of The Cascade Ski Resorts?

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Three years after being acquired by big ski conglomerates, Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain faced their biggest test yet: COVID-19.

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Multi-Resort Passes: Sales Are On, Changes Announced For West Skiers, Riders

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The first round of 2021-22 multi-mountain season pass sales is underway, with a few changes from this past season in the works and price competition that continues to heat up.

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Vail's Midwest Ski Areas Lower Season Pass Rates

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Vail Resorts has announced a 20% decrease in their Epic season passes for the 2021-22 ski season, and that also includes their Epic local passes at all their Midwest ski areas. A little bit of good news for those skiers that like to mainly ski local.

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Skiing Just Got Cheaper - At The World’s Best Ski Resorts

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Finally, some good post-vaccination news for skiers and snowboarders after two rough pandemic winters that greatly disrupted ski vacations, travel and the snow sports industry. Unlike just about everything else we enjoy in travel and recreation, the cost to go skiing has actually dropped in recent years, mainly do the prevalence of multi-resort unlimited ski passes. But as of today it is going down even more, at dozens of the most popular and desirable ski destinations in the world.

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Epic Pass Price Slashed By 20%, Reservation System Shelved

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Following a tough 2020-2021 season that forced all U.S. resorts to adjust on the fly, skiers and riders who purchase an Epic Pass for next season will get a 20% price break.

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High Demand: Reservation Systems Come Into Play For The Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us and, despite the headwinds of Covid-19, thousands of skiers and snowboarders have been aiming toward the mountains for welcome relief.

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Tahoe Resorts Ready To Open with Ticketing Restrictions

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The baker's dozen of ski and snowboard resorts in the Lake Tahoe region will start opening for the season in late November, and all will have policies in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.

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How To Make Ticket Reservations To Ski, Ride This Winter

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For this COVID-19 winter, various forms of advanced reservations will be required resorts in the West so management can maintain distancing requirements while guaranteeing spots on the hill during the pandemic.

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How to Choose the Best Ski Pass This Season

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A flurry of new considerations makes the decision a lot more complicated this year. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Indy and Mountain Collective Passes Offer Alternative to Epic/Ikon

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Epic and Ikon mega season passes may get a lot of attention, as they provide the ability to ski at dozens of popular ski resorts across North America, but they’re not the only passes in town. Two other passes worthy of consideration include the Mountain Collective pass and the Indy Pass. In particular, these passes are good for skiers and snowboarders who wish to sample a wide variety of ski areas.

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