With La Nina predicted for this coming winter, we may be in for more snow than usual. And that means lots of fresh powder for the ski hounds among us.
If you are one of them, it’s time to consider buying season ski passes so that you can hit the slopes without paying a small fortune in ski ticket costs.
This year, as always, skiers can choose from a range of options. Below, we list three especially popular offerings, featuring 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 31,650 acres of glorious ski terrain. Those acres are in America at resorts in Vermont, Minnesota, Washington, Utah, Idaho, and more, as well as in Australia and Canada — not to mention at major Colorado resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Telluride.
Ikon Pass: Skiers can enjoy unlimited access to flagship ski resorts in Colorado and California, as well as 5 or 7 days (depending on the package) in resorts such as Jackson Hole, Taos, Deer Valley, Big Sky and more.
Mountain Collective: Choose from 10 North American destinations, including those in California, Utah, British Columbia, Wyoming, as well as Aspen and Arapahoe Basin. Pass holders receive two free days at each place, with discounted tickets for longer stays.