When Alterra Mountains closed all 15 of their ski resort and other Ikon pass resorts followed suite, many skiers were not very pleased that their Ikon season pass they purchased for the season would go unused. While many skiers were able to get a bulk of their skiing in before COVID-19 affected the world, many skiers actually had most of their plans during March and April. At this point, pass holders still have not yet heard what will happen to their pass.
However, they did just announce that two things: the date that the pass will go up in price will be pushed back till May 26 (originally April 22) and that those who renew their pass will get an extra discount. Originally the renewal discount was $100 for the Ikon pass and $50 for the Ikon base pass. Now, it will be $200 for the Ikon pass and $100 for the Ikon base pass.
If you want to roll the dice on next year, this is the time to get the best deal on skiing at select mountains. With that being said, Alterra Mountains still have not stated what will happen to those who missed out on skiing this year and what the plan is for next year if the resorts have to close again for a certain time period.
This year there are three pass options: Ikon Pass, Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session 4-Day Pass.
Through May 27, you can purchase a pass at the following price:
- Ikon Pass: $999 for new pass holders, $799 for those renewing their pass and $209 per child with the purchase of an adult season pass (up to two children discount per adult)
- Ikon Base Pass: $699 for new pass holders, $599 for those renewing their pass and $209 per child pass with the purchase of an adult season pass (up to two children discount per adult)
- Ikon Session 4-Day Pass: $399 (this will allow you to ski any 4 days at participating resorts of your choice)
Unfortunately, one of the real perks of the Ikon pass is that you can ski at select resorts during the 2019/2020 spring time for no extra cost. Since those resorts are closed, that benefit is no longer available, making the pass not as good as it could have been.
As of right now, I still have not yet decided what my family will do for a season pass next year. We have the Epic Pass for the 2019/2020 season, so I am waiting to see what Vail Resorts does for their pass holders. Due to the season being cut short, we did’t even break even on the cost. Although for next year, I am highly considering the Ikon Base Pass instead. With the Base Pass we will be limited to blackout dates, but I still think we could make it work — especially with many New England resorts on the list.