Ski Trip Planning

The Ikon Pass in 2020-2021: What to Expect

Why the Ikon Pass might be your best bet for 2021.

If you’ve been on the fence about a season’s ski pass for 2020/2021, the Ikon Pass might be the one that inspires you to take a chance on post-pandemic travel. Known for its wide range of destinations across five continents, the 2021 pass now includes two new options within driving distance from major metro areas — Mt. Bachelor in Oregon and Windham in New York. With “day trip” options for North American skiers in 18 sates and provinces, the Ikon Pass promises a return on your ski days even if you’re hesitant to fly.

The 2020/20201 pass also introduces expanded access to Stratton and Sugarbush Resorts in Vermont,  with unlimited access for regular pass holders and unlimited access with blackout dates for Ikon Base Pass holders. Base Pass holders can also choose to add Jackson Hole Resort or Aspen Snowmass, with blackout dates, for $150.

If you’re among the avid travelers champing at the bit to add a stamp to your passport, you’ll still have 43 destinations to choose from across the US, Canada, Chile, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Alterra Mountain Company, which offers the pass, has extended its lowest-price spring promotion until June 16. Every pass comes with Adventure Assurance, a chance to defer use until the following season for any reason — even, say, a global pandemic. The promotion also includes a zero-interest payment plan. If you had an Ikon Pass in 2019/2020, your 2021 pass comes with double the usual renewal savings, resulting in about $200 off the sticker price.

The full Ikon Pass, $999 until June 16, gives skiers and riders unlimited access to 15 mountain resorts with no blackout dates, and up to 7 days at an additional 27 resorts.

The Ikon Base Pass, $599 until June 16, includes unlimited access with some blackout dates to 14 mountain resorts and up to 5 days at an additional 26 resorts.

The Ikon Session Pass is still available, but at $399 for four consecutive days with three blocks of blackout dates, it’s hard to justify the value — particularly given the access included in the Base Pass.

Prices go up on June 17.


All photos courtesy Alterra Mountain Company. Feature photo: Stratton Mountain Resort.



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