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Epic or Ikon: Which Multipass Offers the Best Perks?

You might not consider extra benefits when deciding what to buy, but...look at all these benefits! Here's a breakdown.

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Which multipass you spring for is likely to be determined more by your location and travel plans than by the perks either Epic or Ikon offer. That said, both passes come with a raft of discounts and benefits that can make a tie breaker that much easier. 

We took a close look at which passes offer which perks, and which of these added value items are the most appealing. Here’s what we found.

Which Passes Offer Which Perks?

Epic Pass

Buddy Passes
Hook your crew up with discounted day passes if you purchase your Epic Pass by April 21. Photo: Getty Images

Buddy Passes

Purchase by April 21 to get 10 Buddy Pass tickets, offering up to 45 percent off window rates. After that date, you only get six Ski With a Friend tickets, which offer a lesser discount depending on the resort and when during the season you want to use them.

Pay Over Time

Ikon has offered it for the last couple of seasons, and now Epic has jumped on board, offering four pay-over-time plans in three-, six-, nine-, and 12-month options. You don’t have to put any money down. The FlexPay plans populate when you put a pass product in your cart.

Pass Insurance
Epic Coverage is included in all passes and covers qualifying personal events including injury and job loss.

Resort Discounts
All pass holders get 20 percent off lodging, dining, lessons, and more at Vail Resorts locations in North America. Learn more here.

Skiing Deals
Use your 20-percent discount on guided cat skiing in Keystone and heliskiing in Whistler Blackcomb.

Ikon Pass

The child Ikon Pass discount of $100 off a kid’s pass with adult purchase expires on April 21. Photo: Getty Images

Spring Skiing

If you didn’t buy a 2021-’22 Ikon Pass, you can still squeeze in some spring skiing this season with purchase of a 2022-’23 pass. Skiing is available at 10 resorts.

Friends and Family Tickets

Ikon Pass holders get 10 friends and family discount lift tickets (25 percent off window rate), while Ikon Base pass holders get eight. 

Kids’ Pass Discount With Adult Purchase

Get $100 off a child (5-12) pass when you buy an adult Ikon, Ikon Base, or Ikon Base Plus. Good for up to two kids’ passes for a total discount of $200.

Pay Over Time

You put zero down and split payment over three, six, nine, or 12 months with Ikon’s payment plan. 

First Tracks
Get on the slopes an hour before the masses at select resorts once a month from January through March.

Protect Our Winters Membership

Ikon Pass holders receive a complimentary one-year membership to Protect Our Winters, a $50 value. The membership includes stickers, a newsletter, and discounts on POW merchandise.

Resort Discounts

Get 15 percent off food and beverages, retail, and services at 16 resorts.

Which Season Pass Offer the Best Perks

Ikon Pass. Both passes have some pretty nice perks, with the best of them being the discounted Buddy and Friends and Family tickets. Epic’s offer expires after April 21. Ikon doesn’t take away its F&F tickets, but its renewal discount disappears after April 21.

Overall, we give a slight edge to Ikon in the perks categories thanks to First Tracks, the child pass discount. and spring access. Especially if you don’t have a current season pass and want to make some spring turns, Ikon suddenly looks pretty attractive.

Best of the Rest

The remaining multipasses—Indy Pass, Mountain Collective, Powder Alliance, and Power Pass—don’t offer nearly as many perks and Epic and Ikon, but Indy and Mountain Collective have a few worth mentioning:

Indy Pass

  • 25 percent discount on tickets for additional days beyond what the pass gets you
  • Payment plan
  • Lodging discounts
  • Indy Spring Pass, a separate product that gets skiers cheap spring skiing if they don’t already have a pass

Mountain Collective 

  • No blackout dates
  • 50% discount on tickets for additional days beyond what the pass gets you

Power Pass

  • Kids 12 under ski free, with no blackouts, at all eight mountains
  • spring skiing with 2022-’23 pass purchase
  • payment plan
  • three blackout-free days to partner mountains