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Season Pass Prices Are Going Up—Get Yours Without Getting Gouged

Season pass rate increases mean only one thing: Ski season is fast approaching and it’s time to get your pass dialed.

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If you’re planning to purchase a season pass for the upcoming winter, it’s time to make your move. Both the Epic Pass and the Indy Pass will raise prices on their respective offerings within the next couple of weeks. Here’s the status of the major season passes on offer right now:

Epic Pass Info and Sale Deadline

Sept. 6 is the last day to purchase any type of Epic Pass at its lowest rate, which Vail Resorts got to by cutting prices across the board by 20 percent back in March. Purchase by that deadline to get a full Epic Pass for $783 (down from $979 last season), and Epic Local for $583 (previously $729). These prices are comparable to the cost of an Epic Pass during the 2015-’16 season, when the company portfolio featured only 11 U.S. resorts compared to the current 70 across the globe. Info on all Epic Pass and their rates can be found here

If it helps nudge you toward a decision, Vail Resorts’ planned upgrades for the 2021-’22 season are extensive, especially in Colorado.

"Resort Guide 2021 Crested Butte Colorado"
If you’re in the market for an Epic Pass, pull the trigger before prices increase on Sept. 7. Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts/Nathan Bilow

Indy Pass Info and Sale Deadline

The Indy Pass, the collective of 76 independently owned resorts across the U.S., Canada, and now Japan, is set to bump its prices up after Aug.31. Purchase by then to get two days at each resort with certain blackout dates for $279, or the same access with no blackouts for $379 with the Indy+ Pass. You can see all the pass options and prices here.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Indy Pass

Ikon Pass Info and Sale Deadline

The Ikon Pass raised its price back in May and has been holding steady at $1,049 ($999 for renewals) since then. That gets you unrestricted access to 45 resorts around the world, with unlimited, no-blackout skiing at 15 resorts and up to seven days at 29 more. The Ikon Base Pass is currently $779 ($739 renewal) for unlimited skiing at 13 resorts with blackout dates and up to five days at 29 more. The Ikon Base does not include Aspen Snowmass or Jackson Hole this season, but you can add five days at each for $150, which is a pretty good deal. Current rates and what they get you can be found here.

"Corduroy at Brundage"
Enjoy two days of perfectly groomed corduroy at Idaho’s Brundage with the Indy Pass. Price go up on Sept. 1. Photo: Courtesy of Brundage Mountain

If you need a nudge to pull the trigger on the Ikon Pass, remember that Ikon parent company Alterra rolled complimentary First Tracks days into every pass, so skiers can snag early bird laps before lifts open to the public once a month in January through March at designated resorts.

An Alterra spokesperson said that Ikon Pass rates will increase this fall, but the company has not announced a date yet. We will update this space when they do.

Mountain Collective Pass Info and Sale Deadline

The Mountain Collective, a pass partnership that gets you two days at 23 marquis destinations, is also currently on sale for its lowest price of $539. The Mountain Collective targets destination resorts and currently features such big names such as Chamonix, Squaw Alpine, Niseko, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Revelstoke, and Big Sky on its roster. Mountain Collective pass holders also get 50 percent off additional days at each resort, lodging deals, and no blackout dates. All the relevant info and rates are here. Mountain Collective rates will increase in October.

We know that nothing lights a fire under a skier’s rump faster than season pass deadlines, but the good news is that the season is fast approaching. So get your pass squared, hit the gym, and check the status of your gear. It’s almost go-time.

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