Epic vs. Ikon Pass - Which One To Choose

10/25/2018 by by admin

Not only can we help you land your dream job in your dream location, we want to help you decide on the best ski pass fit for you this season. Both the Epic and Ikon are outstanding season pass options, with access to some of the world’s best skiing. But it all comes down to which region you prefer to ski in, and whether international travel is in the cards this season.

UPDATE: Check out our new infographic that maps out all the locations!
Here are some of the stats to consider when making your decision:

Epic Pass:

  • 65 total resorts
  • $949 (adult)
  • 19 resorts are unlimited
  • 7 days at Telluride and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, and 5 days at Hakuba Valley in Japan (new)
  • International Access: 30 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland
  • 6 Ski-With-a-Friend days (SWAF): Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Wilmot, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton.
  • Lodging and airfare discounts

Ikon Pass:

  • 36 total resorts
  • $1049 (adult) with no restrictions
  • 14 resorts are unlimited
  • 21 resorts up to 7 days
  • 10% off summer reservations and CMH Heli-Skiing
  • Friends and family benefits: 10 days at 25% off
  • Lodging and airfare discounts

Resort/Location Breakdown:

Epic Pass:

  • California: Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar
  • Colorado: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Telluride*, Crested Butte*
  • Utah: Park City
  • Midwest: Wilmot, Mount Brighton, Afton Alps
  • Vermont: Stowe, Okemo
  • New Hampshire: Mount Sunapee
  • Canada: Whistler Blackcomb, Fernie Alpine Resort**, Kimberley Alpine Resort**, Stoneham**, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort**, Nakiska Ski Area**, Mont-Sainte Anne**
  • Australia: Perisher
  • Japan: Hakuba Valley (5 consecutive days)
  • Europe: 30 resorts

Ikon Pass:

Unlimited destinations (14):

  • Colorado: Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Eldora
  • California: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear
  • Vermont: Stratton
  • West Virginia: Snowshoe
  • Washington: Crystal Mountain Resort
  • Utah: Solitude Mountain Resort
  • Canada: Tremblant, Blue Mountain

7 Day Access (19):

  • Jackson Hole, WY
  • Big Sky Resort, MT
  • Killington, VT
  • Sugarbush, VT
  • Boyne Highlands, MI
  • Boyne Mountain, MI
  • Sunday River, ME
  • The Summit at Snoqualmie, WA
  • Cypress Mountain, BC
  • River, ME
  • Sunday River, ME
  • Sugarloaf, ME
  • Loon, NH
  • Taos, NM
  • Deer Valley, UT
  • Brighton, UT
  • Thredbo, NSW
  • Niseko, Hokkaido
  • Aspen/Snowmass, CO
  • Alta and Snowbird, UT
  • SkiBig3, AB

So what’s the conclusion? In the West, Epic’s 7 options still appear to give it the strongest hold in Colorado, while Ikon’s 5 offerings are hard to pass up in Utah. You can’t go wrong on the east coast, with several strong offerings by both between the New England and Quebec. Outside of North America, the Epic passes rapid global expansion is particularly apparent by with unparalleled exposure to Europe and Japan.

Which pass will you pick? Comment below and let us know. And check back for our launch at PeakSeason.com, where we’ll be giving away your choice of and Epic or Ikon pass soon!