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SAM Magazine—Denver, March 3, 2022—Alterra Mountain Company unveiled the details for its 2022-23 Ikon Pass, which includes new pass product options, new partner resorts, and changes to access for several destinations. The Ikon Pass will retain all partner resorts from 2021-22, providing access to 50 destinations worldwide in 2022-23. IkonPass

Pricing for the full Ikon Pass is $1,079 for an adult (up from $999 in 2021-22), and the Ikon Base Pass is $769 (up from $729 in 2021-22). The Ikon Base Plus Pass is $969 for the same access as the Base Pass with the addition of five days each at a handful of premier destinations, including Aspen Snowmass and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Returning passholders, as well as nurse, military, and college students, get passes at a discounted rate.

The Ikon Session Pass adds two- and three-day options to the existing Session four-day product. The Session Pass provides access to 37 destinations with select blackout dates. Prices start at $249. 

New partner resorts include Sun Valley, Idaho, and Snowbasin, Utah—which are defecting from Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass—and Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley in France. The full Ikon Pass will include seven days of unrestricted access to Chamonix, Sun Valley, and Snowbasin. The Ikon Base Pass will include five days of access to Chamonix with blackout dates. Sun Valley and Snowbasin aren’t on the Base Pass, but are included on the Base Plus Pass, which is $200 more.

Several changes to resort access have also been made. Among them:

  • Crystal Mountain, Wash., goes from unlimited access on the Ikon Pass to seven unrestricted days, and five restricted days on the Ikon Base Pass. Crystal will offer its own season passes starting in 2022-23 as well.
  • Deer Valley and Alta, Utah, will no longer be on the Base Pass, moving to the Ikon Base Plus. With Alta’s move, Snowbird is now an individual destination on the Base Pass, offering five days of access with blackout dates. Alta and Snowbird are still considered a combined destination on the full Ikon Pass, with seven days of combined access. 
  • The five days of access to Arapahoe Basin, Colo.—which is in its first season as an Ikon partner resort after switching from the Epic Pass—on the Base Pass will no longer have blackout dates for 2022-23. 

The new two-and three-day options appear to be a nod to providing value for guests who aren’t going to visit frequently enough to commit to a season pass, which is a welcome change. 

Other adjustments to access—such as Alterra-owned Crystal Mountain changing from full Ikon access to limited days on the pass and offering its own season pass options—appear to be a response to local market conditions and demand. Crystal, for example, has had to manage very high demand in recent seasons with changes to parking and transportation to the resort in order to limit traffic congestion.