This Ski Pass Will Get You Unlimited Skiing at Top Resorts Through 2020

Feb 26, 2019

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It’s only February, and this year’s ski season is still going strong, but now is precisely when you want to outline your ski plans for next year. Not only is it much easier to book the best slope-side hotels on points when you plan early, but ski passes are cheaper, too.

Beating the Epic Pass in the race to go on sale first, the newcomer, Ikon Pass, has released 2019 – 2020 pricing, and next year’s passes officially go on sale March 5. What makes this great is that you can use next year’s pass this year at some mountains.

Image courtesy of Ikon Pass
Image of Steamboat Springs courtesy of Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass network is made up of 38 ski resorts, some of which provide unlimited skiing and some that have a capped number of days based on your level of pass. These resorts include both bigger and smaller names such as Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Deer Valley, Jackson Hole, Tremblant, Taos, Big Sky, Sugarloaf, Stratton and more in the US, Canada and beyond. You can find the full list of resorts here.

There are two levels off the Ikon Pass — a less expensive Base Pass with some restrictions and the full Ikon Pass.

2019 – 2020 Ikon Ski Pass Prices

For the 2019 – 2020 ski season, the initial Ikon Base Pass prices are:

  • $649 for adults
  • $499 for those 13 – 22 years old
  • $259 for kids ($159 with purchase of adult pass, up to 2 discount child passes until April 24)
  • $49 for those 4 and under (though many mountains offer free skiing to 4-year-olds)

The base pass has a few peak blackout dates, unlimited skiing at 12 destinations and up to 5 days at 25 additional mountains.

For the 2019 – 2020 ski season, the initial Ikon Pass prices are:

  • $949 for adults
  • $699 for those 13 – 22 years old
  • $299 for kids ($199 with purchase of adult pass, up to 2 discount child passes until April 24)
  • $49 for those 4 and under (though many mountains offer free skiing to 4-year-olds)

This pass has no blackout dates, unlimited skiing at 14 destinations and up to 7 days at 23 additional mountains.

Ski pass prices typically increase as you get closer to next year’s ski season, so expect those rates to only increase. There’s a $10 – $30 discount for adult and young adult current Ikon pass holders who renew by April 24. There are also discounts for college students and members of the military.

Tremblant - Image courtesy of Ikon Pass
Tremblant – Image courtesy of Ikon Pass

Use a Payment Plan

Ski passes are a big investment, so I’m actually thrilled to see a payment plan option for the Ikon Pass. You can purchase either type of pass for $199 down and then your credit card will be charged four monthly payments for the remaining price that are scheduled for June, July, August and September. Here are the best credit cards to use for ski pass purchases. Hint: Get your Citi Premier Card ready.

Ski Spring 2019 With Next Year’s Ikon Pass

This has been a good snow year for many resorts, and some (like Breckenridge) will be open deep into May. If you buy next year’s Ikon Pass this spring, you can start using it as soon as you buy it on March 5 at some mountains.

Use the 2019 – 2020 Ikon Pass Beginning March 5:

  • Big Bear Mountain Resort
  • Blue Mountain
  • Snowshoe Mountain

Use the 2019 – 2020 Ikon Pass Beginning April 8, 2019:

  • Winter Park Resort
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
  • Mammoth Mountain
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Solitude
  • Tremblant

Book Points-Friendly Properties at Ikon Resorts

As long as you are mapping out your 2019 – 2020 ski passes and resorts, you might as well factor in hotels. For me, Marriott (former SPG) properties seem to align most frequently with the Ikon Pass while Hyatt properties often align well with Epic, though there are exceptions. A few points-friendly properties to consider if you pick up the Ikon Pass include:

Ski into the St. Regis Deer Valley and then go for a swim

Bottom Line

I’m a planner, so I think it’s great we have next year’s Ikon Pass prices and details now. The payment plan and ability to purchase up to two discounted child passes with an adult pass (last year it was just one) are great improvements in the program’s second year. We’ll do some more head to head comparison between the major annual ski passes as they all release their 2019 – 2020 line-ups and prices.

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Featured image courtesy of the Ikon Pass

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