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If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a season pass for this winter, you’re going to have to pick a side. The big multipasses all go off sale soon, and once they’re gone, you’ll be stuck paying window prices or mooching buddy tickets off your ski pals (which are really not very good deals, anyway). Here are all the details for those among us who like to take it down to the wire.
Epic Pass: Dec. 4
The Vail Resorts mega pass product goes off sale for the season on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11:59p MST. This includes the last chance to purchase Epic Day tickets, which get you on the slopes for up to 65 percent off daily window rates. If you’re not sure of your dates but still plan on skiing Epic resorts this season, you can buy Epic Day passes in one- through seven-day iterations, and you don’t have to specify your dates nor your resorts. It’s a good deal. For example, a seven-day pass to your choice of 22 resorts comes out to $41 per day, while a seven-day pass that accesses all Epic resorts, including those in Europe and Canada, breaks down to $88 per day.
While they’re no longer at their lowest rates, you can get a full Epic Pass for $949 and an Epic Local for $735. With day tickets north of $200 at the big ski areas, we’ll let you do the math. Get all of the most current prices and information here.
Ikon Pass: Dec. 8
You have until Dec. 8 to buy your 2022-’23 Ikon Pass, including the Session Pass, which comes in two-, three-, and four-day options. Like the Epic Day Pass, you don’t need to lock in your dates ahead of time, and the Session Pass gives skiers access to 39 Ikon resorts, some with blackout dates. The four-day Session Pass is currently going for $517 and is good at big guns such as Killington, Mammoth, Revelstoke, Big Sky, and Arapahoe Basin. That breaks down to $129 a day.
The full Ikon Pass costs $1,229 and the Ikon Base is $919; monthly financing is still available. Just a quick reminder that if Jackson Hole, Aspen Snowmass, Deer Valley, Snowbasin, Alta, or Sun Valley are on your skiing itinerary this winter, you’ll need to either buy the Ikon Base Plus for $1,119 or just bite the bullet on the full pass. The latest info and prices are here.
Mountain Collective: Dec. 16
If you’re considering adding the Mountain Collective to your own or a loved one’s stocking, you have until Dec. 19 to make the purchase, after which it will no longer be available for the 2022-’23 season.
Pass holders get two free days at 25 resorts, a portfolio which includes some of the most adventurous and bucket-list worthy ski areas in the world: Chamonix, Niseko, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Banff Sunshine, Valle Nevado, and Taos, among others. Mountain Collective skiers also get 50 percent off additional lift tickets at each resort, with no blackout dates. FYI: New partner resorts this season include Snowbasin, Sun Valley, Le Massif de Charlevoix (Que.), Sugar Bowl (Calif.), and Marmot Basin (Alb.). Purchase your pass or get more details here.
Power Pass: Dec. 16
More of a regional pass targeting Southwestern skiers, the Power Pass goes off sale on Dec. 16. This nine-resort collective includes Ariz.’s Snowbowl, Colo.’s Purgatory, Pajarito and Sipapu in N.M., and Ore.’s Willamette Pass, which is new to the Power Pass this season.
Unlike the other passes, skiers choose a home mountain, then get unlimited access to the other eight resorts throughout the season. There are also four new partner resorts this winter—Colo.’s Monarch Mountain, Copper Mountain, and Loveland, and Utah’s Sundance—where Power Pass holders get three free days each. Not a bad deal. The pass also comes in 12- and six-day options. Get all the deets here.
Indy Pass: Dec. 31*
Good news, the Indy Pass actually doesn’t go off sale completely. Fall prices expire today (Nov. 30), then there will be one final rate increase on Dec. 31. After that, mid-season pricing will be announced as ski season careens toward spring. The collection of independently owned ski areas in North America and Japan now numbers 105, including two recent additions in Colorado and two on the East Coast: Peek’n Peak in N.Y. and Tussey Mountain in Pennsylvania.
Buy your blackout-free Indy Pass today for $429, or the blackout-restricted Indy Base for $329, and get two days at each of Indy’s partner resorts, plus 25 percent off additional days. We think there aren’t enough days in the ski season to fully max out your Indy Pass, but if anyone can prove us wrong, we’d love to hear about it! Find all the relevant Indy Pass details here.