Ski resort campaigns to sign up season passholders for next winter heated up Tuesday.
The new Ikon Pass, developed by Deer Valley Resort’s new owner but also offering a few days at Alta and Snowbird, went on sale for the first time. Its price tag — $899.
Meanwhile, Vail Resorts announced that its adult Epic Pass for the 2018-19 season also will cost $899, while the local version for Park City Mountain will sell for $669.
The Ikon Pass
• Developed largely by Alterra Mountain Co., the conglomerate that acquired Deer Valley and 11 other resorts in a buying spree last year, the $899 pass gives holders seven days at Deer Valley and divides another seven days between Alta and Snowbird.
• A “base pass” costing $599 is good for five days at Deer Valley and five more between Alta and Snowbird.
• Kids’ passes, with the purchase of an adult pass, are available for $199 (full Ikon) and $149 (base Ikon).
• Besides their uses in Utah, Ikon passes provide varying levels of access to 23 other resorts in Colorado, Wyoming, California, New England and eastern and western Canada. A full breakdown is available at ikonpass.com.
• Deer Valley Resort season passes also went on sale Tuesday for 2018-19, with unlimited adult passes going for $2,365.
• Seniors 65 to 71 years old can get a pass for $1,205, while those age 72 and older will pay $1,100. The cost is $1,000 for teens 13 to 17 and $600 for children 5 to 12.
• A “midweek pass” good Monday through Friday, except during Christmas Week and over the Presidents Day weekend, will cost $1,235.
The Epic Pass
• Vail Resorts has expanded the number of resorts where its pass is accepted to 65 around the world, most recently adding Telluride in Colorado, nine Hakuba Valley resorts in Japan and a half dozen more in three Canadian provinces.
• The lineup of resorts gives buyers a chance to ski multiple slopes where Olympic races were once held, including Park City (2002, Salt Lake Games), Hakuba Valley (1998, Nagano), Whistler Blackcomb (2010, Vancouver) and Nakiska (1988, Calgary).
• The $899 Epic Pass provides unlimited access to Park City, four resorts in Colorado and three in California, Stowe in Vermont, three small Midwestern resorts, Whistler Blackcomb and Perisher in Australia.
• It’s good for seven days at Telluride and the six new Canadian resorts (including Nakiska), five days at the Japanese resorts and four days at resorts in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. More details are available at EpicPass.com.
• The $669 Epic Local Pass has limited restrictions for use at Park City Mountain, but also offers up to 10 days combined at Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb (holidays prohibited).
• Children’s passes cost $469 for the full Epic Pass, $359 for the local.
• Kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Utah also are eligible for the free Epic SchoolKids Utah Pack, which is good for a lesson, equipment rental and five ski days at Park City Mountain.