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Season Pass Deals

The season pass wars for the top ski resorts are heating up, which leaves us all wondering which are the best season passes and whether we should buy an Epic Pass, Ikon Pass or Mountain Collective Pass. All three of these discount lift ticket deals for a season pass offer savings for those who are likely to ski or snowboard for 7 or more days at their preferred resort, and massive savings for those who like to travel interstate or abroad and ski lots of days. The only downside for resorts participating in these season pass deals, particularly for the Epic Pass, is that the big discounts on the lift passes contribute more skier traffic to these already busy ski resorts. Good luck trying to find fresh powder!

Resorts That Are Covered by the Epic Pass, Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective

Season Pass Deals Summary: Epic Pass Versus Ikon Pass Vs Mountain Collective

  Epic Pass Epic Pass Australia Ikon Pass Mountain Collective 
Broad description Full Epic Pass provides unlimited access to some resorts, and up to 5-7 days at other resorts. No blackout dates. Range of other Epic Passes with more restrictions. Epic Pass Australia provides access to some resorts, holiday black-outs for Whistler & US ski resorts. Full Ikon Pass provides unlimited access to some resorts, and up to 7 days at other resorts. No blackout dates. Ikon Base Pass has more restrictions. 2 days at each resort,
50% off additional days 
Adult 19/20 price * $US939 (13+)  $AUD909  $US1049 (23+)  $US469 (13+)
Teen 19/20 price * $US939  $AUD511 $US779 (13-22) $US469
Child 19/20 price * $US489  $AUD511 $US399 (5-12) $US149 (under 12)
No. of lift passes Unlimited number of passes Some restrictions apply Unlimited number of passes Limited sales
Other benefits 6 discounted day passes for friends Various Perisher benefits 25% off for family/friends for 10 days 1yr subscription to
Protect Our Winters
* as at June 19, prices can be lower with early bird specials.

See the table below for the resorts covered by the Epic Pass, Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective.

Epic Pass

On the surface, the Epic Pass seems to provide the biggest savings, but this is partly because the Vail Resorts have outrageously priced lift tickets if you buy them at the window on the day. And even if you buy them online well in advance, the day lift passes are still really expensive. So it doesn’t take many days for the Epic Pass to pay for itself, and it’s about 5-7 days depending on the resort/s you ski or ride at. Vail Resort itself has the most expensive day lift passes, so an Epic Pass will be paid off in what feels like a nano-second!

The Vail Resorts Epic Pass has multiple variants including a Locals Pass that has blackout dates for the peak holidays, and passes that only cover certain regions. There is also an Epic 7 Day Pass and Epic 4 Day Pass (days don’t need to be consecutive) that still provide savings versus the exorbitant prices you can pay for rocking up to the lift ticket window. And an Epic Pass Australia provides full access to Perisher in Australia, but has some restrictions for other resorts.

A full Epic Pass provides unlimited access to many resorts, whilst others are only for 5-7 days of skiing or snowboarding (see ski resorts in italics below).

Epic Pass Australia

The Epic Pass Australia is targeted towards Australians who frequently ski/snowboard at Perisher, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. The pass provides access to only some of the resorts on the full Epic Pass, and during holiday periods there are black out dates for Whistler and the US ski resorts. An Epic Australia Plus pass removes these blackout dates.

Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass is a new player to join the season pass deals competition. The Ikon Pass provides full access to many ski resorts, and up to 7 days of riding at a myriad of other resorts. The Ikon Base Pass is cheaper but is associated with more restrictions.

Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective Pass offers 2 days at each of the Collective destinations for a total of 34 days, and then 50% off lift tickets for all additional days. A limited number of sales apply to the Mountain Collective Pass. You can buy your Mountain Collective Pass here.

Resorts Covered On the Best Season Pass Deals

   Epic Pass Epic Pass Australia  Ikon Pass  Mountain
California  Heavenly  Heavenly Alpine Meadows Alpine Meadows
  Kirkwood  Kirkwood Big Bear  
  Northstar  Northstar June Mountain  
      Mammoth  Mammoth
    Squaw Valley  Squaw Valley
Colorado Beaver Creek Beaver Creek Copper Mountain  
  Breckenridge Breckenridge Eldora  
  Crested Butte Crested Butte Steamboat  
  Keystone Keystone Winter Park  
  Telluride   Aspen Snowmass Aspen Snowmass
  Vail Vail Arapahoe Basin  
Idaho Sun Valley      Sun Valley
Montana     Big Sky Big Sky 
New Mexico     Taos Taos
Oregon     Mt Bachelor   
Utah Park City  Park City Alta Alta
  Snowbasin   Brighton  
      Deer Valley  
      Snowbird Snowbird
      Solitude Snowbasin
Washington Stevens Pass Stevens Pass The Summit at Snoqualmie  
      Crystal Mountain  
Wyoming     Jackson Hole Jackson Hole
East USA Afton Alps Afton Alps Boyne Highlands  
  Mount Sunapee Mount Sunapee Boyne Mountain  
  Mt Brighton Mt Brighton  Killington  
  Okemo Okemo Loon Mountain  
  Stowe Stowe Snowshoe  
  Wilmot Mountain Wilmot Mountain Stratton  
      Sunday River  
    Sugarbush Sugarbush
      Windham Mountain  
Canada Fernie   Banff Norquay  
  Kicking Horse   Blue Mountain  
  Kimberley   Cypress Mountain  
  Mont Sainte Anne   Lake Louise Lake Louise
  Nakiska   Revelstoke Revelstoke
  Stoneham   Sunshine Sunshine
  Whistler Blackcomb Whistler Blackcomb Tremblant  
Japan Hakuba Valley Hakuba Valley Niseko Niseko 
  Rusutsu Rusutsu    
Australia Perisher Perisher Thredbo Thredbo 
  Falls Creek 2020 Falls Creek Mt Buller  
  Hotham 2020 Hotham    
New Zealand      Coronet Peak Coronet Peak
       The Remarkables The Remarkables
       Mt Hutt  
South America      Valle Nevado Valle Nevado
Europe Arlberg   Zermatt Chamonix
  4 Vallees      
  Val d'Isere      
  Skirama Dolomiti      
  Adamello Brenta      

 Full access on full pass Limited days         Restrictions/conditions apply