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Ikon Pass | Moving Mountains

The Ikon pass...

It debuted last year as a trial run and has quickly become the new standard for the best deal in the ski business. In case you missed it, season ski passes are no longer just for the locals ski bumming for a year, they’re now the norm for vacationing visitors.

The Ikon Pass now spans 5 continents with the recent addition of their first European Ski Resort: Zermatt, home to the Matterhorn.

​​​​​​​Zermatt Matterhorn

The iconic Matterhorn towers over more than 3,500 acres of terrain that spans both Switzerland and Italy, offering Swiss hospitality coupled with Italian lifestyle, in the highest skiable terrain offered in the picturesque Alps. Connected lift service offers Ikon Pass holders access to Rothorn, Gornergrat and the Schwarzsee-Matterhorn glacier paradise within the Zermatt ski area, plus Cervinia-Valtournenche ski areas in Italy, collectively known as Matterhorn ski paradise.

Ikon Pass holders will have seven-day access to Zermatt and the Matterhorn ski paradise network on the Ikon Pass with no blackout dates, and five-day access on the Ikon Base Pass, also with no blackout dates.

Zermatt is now one of 41 ski mountains across the Americas, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand that can be accessed from this single season pass. Obviously Steamboat is still our favorite!

Why buy?

Well, first things first, the Ikon pass pays for itself in as little as three days. With window ticket pricing in Steamboat ascending to new heights at almost $200/day, the Ikon pass at $1049 or Ikon base pass at $749 takes substantially less from your wallet, while padding your pass with so much more.

But discounted pricing is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s an avalanche of advantages you won’t want to miss.

Ticket to ride

With over 41 destinations on five continents for the Ikon pass, sampling snow all over the world has now become a distinct possibility.

If you’ve dreamed of schussing through Steamboat’s famed powder, hob-knobbing in Aspen, scaling the steeps of Jackson Hole, plus day tripping to destinations close to your home base like Winter Park, Boyne, Squaw Valley, Mammoth, Stratton, Killington or Loon Mountain, all in just one winter, you’re going to want to get your mittens on an Ikon pass.

Keep in mind that this is a carefully curated collection of the world’s top mountains. While other conglomerate passes might try to rival the Ikon with sheer quantity, the Ikon reaches new heights with unmatched quality.

There are two different passes to choose from: the Ikon Pass priced at $949 (until April 24, 2019) or the Ikon Base Pass at $649 (until April 24, 2019). Here are the details on which one is right for your family.

Ikon Pass Kids | Moving Mountains

The Details

Ikon Pass:

This signature pass offers unlimited access to 14 iconic destinations plus 7-days and 7-days combined at 23 destinations, no blackout dates.

Unlimited:

Steamboat (our favorite, of course!), Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, Stratton, Snowshoe Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Solitude Mountain Resort, Tremblant, and Blue Mountain

7-Days:

Deer Valley Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Cypress, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos, Brighton, Thredbo, Valle Nevado

7-Days Combined:

   • Aspen Snowmass: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk

   • Alta, Snowbird

   • SkiBig3: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay

   • Killington - Pico

   • Niseko United

   • Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt

IKON PASS PRICING    

  • 19/20 Adult (23+ years) $1049
  • Young Adult (13-22 years)  $779
  • Child Pass (5-12) $399
  • 4 & Under  $49

IKON BASE PASS:

The Ikon base pass offers unlimited and select access to 12 destinations plus 5-days and 5-days combined at 25 destinations. Please note this pass has holiday blackout periods.

Unlimited:

Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort, Big Bear Mountain Resort, Snowshoe Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Tremblant, Blue Mountain

Unlimited with Holiday Blackouts:

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Solitude Mountain Resort

5-Days:

(with blackout dates) Steamboat, Deer Valley Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Stratton, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Cypress, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, Taos, Brighton, Thredbo, Valle Nevado

5-Days Combined (with blackout dates)

Aspen Snowmass: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk

Alta, Snowbird

SkiBig3: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay

Killington-Pico

Niseko United

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt

BLACKOUT DATES: December 26-31, 2019, January 18-19, February 15-16, 2020; Thredbo – July 4-19, 2020; No blackouts at Valle Nevado, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt

IKON BASE PASS PRICING    19/20

Adult (23+ years)   $749

Young Adult (13-22 years) $559

Child Pass (5-12)    $359

4 & Under     $49

Ski your pass off

Here at Steamboat, reaching different milestones with your Ikon pass gets you helmet stickers, dining dollars, first tracks access, and, best of all, leaderboard bragging rights!

Adventure runs deep, and so do the deals!

Be sure to present your Ikon pass at resort-owned restaurants and retail shops for 15% off your food, clothing, and accessories for the full Ikon Pass and 10% off for the Base Pass (*some restrictions may apply). All Alterra owned resorts (including Steamboat) now have exclusive partnerships with outdoor clothing and accessories leader, The North Face, making these off-mountain pass privileges even more appealing. 

Friends and Family

With the full Ikon Pass, you can purchase ten individual lift tickets at 25% off window pricing. With the Base Pass, you can buy eight individual lift tickets at 25% off.

Snow much fun…

Although the pass doesn’t grant you free access to CMH helicopter trips, it does give you coveted early booking privileges. Since CMH books out at least 18 months in advance, this perk can expedite checking off your Bobby Burns bucket list a bit.

Moving Mountains Insider Tip:

But if your bucket list doesn’t want to wait that long, may we suggest reserving a Steamboat vacation and enjoying some iconic turns on the mountain, then spend a day with the legendary Steamboat Powder Cats? Our very own Soda Mountain and Buffalo Pass serviced by 5-star snowcats are comparable powder experiences to our Canadian counterparts, yet much more convenient.

While your Ikon Pass won’t get you discounts at Steamboat Powder Cats, your stay with Moving Mountains will!

Powder Cats | Moving Mountains

 

Direct-to-lift Convenience

When you purchase your Ikon Pass online, you upload your favorite photo (no more helmet hair!), submit your credit card, pop open your mailbox, and you’re ready for the slopes. No more standing in line at a snail’s pace ticket window waiting to get on the mountain! Plus, you proceed directly to the chairlift at most of the Alterra owned resorts. Almost all have direct-to-lift access for 2019/2020.

Southern Hemisphere Summer Skiing

Dreaming of a July ski trip in chile or August in Australia? Your 2019/20 Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass gets you to access to Australia’s Thredbo, Chile’s Valle Nevado, and New Zealand’s Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt from June - October 2020 (based on seasonal opening and closing dates).

A half a billion more reasons to go Ikon

Alterra, the company that owns 14 of these iconic ski destinations (including Steamboat), is committed to spending 555 million dollars on upgrades at all of their resorts over the next few years. For starters, Steamboat is getting a new $15 million gondola for 2019/2020. All resort expenditures are going towards enhancing the guest experience with creative dining, faster and more comfortable lifts, expanded terrain, and new summer activities. 

Which one should you buy?

Our vote is for the signature Ikon Pass. With the signature pass, your skiing in Steamboat is unlimited, and there are no blackout dates for any of the iconic destinations. The cost is just a little over one more day on the mountains, and the upgrade gives you exponentially more access. Remember, the best pass pricing is just until April 24, 2019. So purchase now and thank us, later.

Now it’s time to pair that pass with the perfect chalet. We’ve got you covered (in high-thread-count bedding, of course)!

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