Gone are the days when you must buy multiple passes to enjoy multiple ski resorts. The Ikon and Epic Passes are multi-mountain passes, accepted by resorts all over the world. And with snow in the forecast this week for the Wasatch Mountains surrounding Park City, it's time to start planning for the ski season!
Be sure to act fast - as the deals and availability may end soon!
Epic Pass, created by Vail Resorts, allows you to ski or ride, when you want, as much as you want. Now in its 10th year, the Epic Pass is accepted from Park City to Colorado, Tahoe, Canada and more. New this season, new resorts have been added to the pass – Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte, and Stevens Pass. Have plans to travel to Europe for the holidays? Pack that Epic pass and take advantage of the alpine life at the best resorts in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. With several pricing options available, you can have unlimited access to 65 resorts, or settle on 25 resorts with four unrestricted days with a scaled down version. Another bonus of the Epic pass is that it’s good for many summer activities too. In honor of the tenth anniversary, the Epic Pass is offering a special introductory military pass for $99 for both active and retired military members. The top of line Epic Pass sells for $929, and $479 for children 5-12 years.
The Ikon pass, created by the Alterra Mountain Company, is a great option for the avid or occasional winter skier/rider. Accepted at 36 destinations from Deer Valley to Australia, this pass is another golden ticket to slopes around the world as well. With two buying options to choose from, you can select no blackout dates or save a bit of coin and avoid some of the busiest times of the season. Either way, it is a great deal if you partake in either winter sports. The Ikon Premium Pass with no blackout days and unlimited access to 14 destinations sells for $999 with the Ikon Base Pass selling at $699, has 10 blackout days and unlimited access to 12 destinations.
Deer Valley also offers the Locals Only pass, which is a savings of 45% on lift tickets, (adult $490) and Deer Valley Season Passes, with a range of options, like Super Senior and College Student passes. Both Deer Valley Passes are offered exclusively to Utah residents and for a limited time you will receive an Ikon Base Pass with your full season pass purchase (adult $2,365).
Which one should you choose? Ultimately, it comes down to where you want to enjoy the slopes. Both offer a great value.