With ski tickets costing $130 and more per day at many Colorado resorts, even those who don’t ski every weekend can benefit from buying season passes.
The good news is that there’s no shortage of options. Skiers can choose everything from passes that allow them to ski four times a year at one mountain resort to those that provide unlimited ski days at resorts around the world.
Any way you slice it, now is the time to investigate.
There are three especially popular options, all offering a mix of local, national and international resorts. Each has different allowances in terms of blackout days, discounted “buddy” tickets and more, and some offer several different packages—so be sure to read the fine print.
Here’s a look:
Epic Pass: This pass offers access to 76 resorts, including those in Vermont, Minnesota, Washington and Utah and even Canada and Japan — not to mention six major Colorado resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Telluride).
Ikon Pass: Skiers can enjoy 39 resorts, including those in North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Winter Park, Eldora, Copper Mountain, Steamboat and (for a limited number of days) Aspen.
Mountain Collective: Choose from 17 ski resorts, including those in Montana, Jackson Hole and Chamonix, as well as Aspen Snowmass. Pass holders receive two free days at each place, unlimited 50% discounts for single day tickets and lodging discounts.