A Big Week for Ikon Keeps Getting Bigger

A slew of resorts hop on the Ikon Pass and more days are added for Northeast ski areas.
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Alpental, Washington Steep, overstuffed chutes and easy access: Nothing in the Pacific Northwest compares with Alpental’s backcountry for epic lines so easily reached. This is big avy country, though, so keep your yahoo in check and, for chrissake, know how to use a beacon. If you’re sweat-averse, cruise out across the high traverse, pop over the first knoll, and drop into Sharon Bowl, staying skier’s left to hit the Trash Can. Feeling frisky? Keep traversing, climb up to Pineapple Pass, and drop into Great Scott Bowl and Big Trees.Photo: Grant GundersonSkier: Erica Engle

Erica Engle explores the backcountry near The Summit at Snoqualmie.

Hot on the heels of Tuesday's announcement that Solitude, Brighton (Utah), and Taos are on board with the Ikon Pass, news broke Wednesday that the pass is growing even larger and expanding deeper into different parts of North America. Ikon Pass holders now get seven days* at The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington State, Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, plus Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan.

Additionally, Loon Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River will now offer seven days each to Ikon Pass holders, for a total of 21 days between the three Northeastern resorts. Before this announcement, the Ikon Pass originally offered seven days total between the three. 

“With new destinations in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, plus expanded access in the Northeast, the Ikon Pass now offers access throughout key ski markets in North America, opening up even more opportunities for Ikon Pass holders to explore all of our iconic destinations,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company, in a press release.

Read More: Ikon Pass Holders Gain Access to 3 Additional Resorts

The new resorts in Washington, British Columbia, and Michigan are all owned by Boyne Resorts, the latest corporation to partner with the Ikon Pass. The Ikon already includes ski areas owned and operated by Alterra Mountain Company, POWDR Corp, SkiBig3, and a number of independently owned ski areas. Together, they are doing all they can to offer the most comparable option to Vail Resorts' Epic Pass.

“For 70 years Boyne Resorts has been guided by a focus to create memorable experiences for our guests and we are deeply committed to maintaining the individual character of each of our destinations. This is what the Ikon Pass is about, so we are thrilled to add our Pacific Northwest and Midwest destinations to the Ikon Pass community,” said Stephen Kircher, President and CEO of Boyne Resorts, in a press release. “And by increasing access to our destinations in the East, we are excited to offer a variety of winter experiences throughout North America.”

This weekend is considered to be a critical time to purchase season passes at any ski area as prices traditionally go up around Labor Day, so if you're still on the fence about which pass to buy, make your move soon or get ready to pay extra.

*Options listed are for the Ikon Pass. Please see details and restrictions for the Ikon Base Pass here.

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