Telluride joins the Epic Pass

The battle for the best season pass option took a turn as the former Mountain Collective member joins the Vail Resorts pass.

Following the release of the Ikon Pass from Alterra Mountain Company last week, Vail Resorts announced on Monday that it will be adding seven days at Telluride Ski Area in Southwestern Colorado to the company’s Epic Pass. Pass holders will be able to access the famously steep and scenic resort at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. 

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Telluride is consistently ranked high in SKI Magazine’s annual Resort Guide, most recently placing 5th overall in the west for 2018.Courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort

“Telluride is on the bucket list of skiers and snowboarders around the world,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts, in a press release. “We’re delighted to offer this iconic mountain resort as part of the Epic Pass experience,”

“This new season pass alliance is more comprehensive and longer term than prior pass alliances and will provide an incredible benefit for both Telluride guests and our resort community,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf. 

Telluride is the only Mountain Collective member to announce joining the Epic Pass so far. Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Alta, and Aspen Snowmass will be included with the Ikon Pass, in addition to the other Mountain Collective member ski areas owned by Alterra Mountain Company

Telluride’s decision to join Epic does raise questions as to what will happen to the Mountain Collective and other pass options as more resorts pick sides in this developing pass battle. Some members of the MAX Pass and the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+ have joined in on the Ikon Pass, most notably Copper Mountain in Colorado, Big Sky in Montana, and Killington in Vermont. 

These new alliances also give both the Ikon and Epic passes reasons to possibly increase prices or offer different pass options, but exact details have yet to be announced. Expect to see more ski resorts join either side, plus more details and prices for both Ikon and Epic to be announced in March, 2018.