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Multi Mountain Ski Pass Comparison - 2022-2023 Season

Get The Best Bang For Your Buck With These Four Skiing/Snowboarding Passes That Provide Access To Mountains Throughout The US And All Over The World!


ski lift cables seemingly stretch for miles down the mountain at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada. The view of a neighboring mountain peak rising above the clouds under crystal blue sky is spectacular

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort: British Columbia, Canada - Photo Credit: Paul Engel


 

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Skiing and snowboarding may be the two most popular winter sports in the world, but they are certainly among the most expensive as well. Both sports not only require extensive winter gear and lift tickets, but also accommodations when visiting resorts. Heading to iconic resorts, on either the east or west coast, typically means planning flights and a multiple night stay at, or nearby, the mountains - neither of which tend to be cheap.


Unbelievable that this photo may be even better than the first. A snowboarder holding his board standing on the side of a mountain, watching the sun desperately trying to break though dense clouds in Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Canada Columbia

After accommodations and gear, lift tickets tend to be the most expensive aspect of the two sports. Lift tickets typically cost over $100 per person each day, and can even exceed $200 per day for popular resorts such as Vail during the peak season. Although the passes require a hefty up-front purchase, if you plan on going skiing frequently the pass pays for itself in about 10 days. After deciding where you want to ski, and how often you want to ski, purchasing one of the four season tickets below is the best way to make your upcoming season affordable as well as enjoyable! Most of these passes go on sale annually in the Spring, and are only available until the very beginning of that year’s skiing/snowboarding season.


The two most popular ski passes are the Ikon and Epic.


A crew of 5 skiiers and snowboarders pose for a shot in front of the lodge at Kirkwood Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe California area

Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Kirkwood, CA - Photo Credit: Daniel Gutierrez



IKON PASS


2022-2023 Season Passes available March 10th


The Ikon pass, as its name suggests, is definitely the most iconic pass on this list. This pass offers access to 47 ski resorts, most of which are world-renowned destinations, for $999. If you are looking to ski the ‘big boys’ with lots of options (primarily in the western US) - this is the pass for you. Depending on the level of the Ikon pass, access to each destination ranges from 7 days per resort per season to unlimited access. Details and purchasing info for the Ikon pass can be found here.


The sun beats down on the icy crackled slopes of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire

Loon Mountain Resort: Lincoln, NH - Photo Credit: Tyler Gemmer



EPIC PASS


2022-2023 Season Passes available May 2022


The Epic pass has a wide variety of destinations globally, including many across the United States. Most notably, this pass offers unlimited access to Vail, and many other famous destinations throughout the midwest and on the east coast, for $783. Epic also allows you to pick a pass based on region if you are primarily skiing one area of the country. Access ranges from 3 days per location to unlimited, depending on the resort. Since I am personally located in Boston and have no plans to ski out west this season, I purchased Epic’s Northeast Value pass. The Epic pass provides the most resort options for midwest and east coast skiing.


Grey Jays, also known as Whisky Jacks, are so friendly in the southern Rocky Mountains near Kichana Peak ski resort in Taos, New Mexico, that they will eat right out of the palm of your hand. 3 pictured skiiers learn this the 'hard' way

A Hungry Grey Jay at Kachina Peak: Taos, NM - Photo Credit: Tyler Gemmer



Although the argument between Ikon and Epic is highly debated, it truly comes down to which mountains you want to ski, and which you will ski most frequently throughout the season. After roughly outlining my plans for the season, I researched which pass had the most destinations around the region in which I was going to do the majority of my skiing. Although I purchased the Northeast Value pass this season, I will also be able to enjoy discounted buddy lift tickets when skiing out west with either Epic or Ikon pass customers! You can view a comparative map of resort locations for both passes here.


Epic and Ikon passes give you the best value for your buck, but the price tag isn’t for everyone. The Mountain Collective and Indy Pass, outlined below, are great for shorter ski trips and don’t require nearly as large of a purchase.


The sun illuminates slopes and evergreen trees alike as a single skiier glides down a trail at Northstar Resort near Lake Tahoe in California

Northstar California Resort: Truckee, CA - Photo Credit: Diana Brooks



MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE SEASON PASS


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If you're planning multiple 2-3 day weekend ski trips at several different destinations throughout the season - the Mountain Collective will likely be your best choice. This pass offers 2-day access to 23 collective resort destinations such as Aspen and Big Sky, - a total of 46 days for $499. Additionally, the pass offers 50% off all additional days at these destinations with no blackout dates. I would recommend this pass if you are traveling full-time, for cost-effective access to a variety of resorts. More details on the Mountain Collective pass can be found here.


The majestic mountains of Big Sky Resort in Montana. This place looks MASSIVE

Big Sky Resort: Mountain Village, MT - Photo Credit: Tyler Gemmer



INDY SKI PASS


2022-2023 Season Passes now on sale!


The Indy pass is perfect for those skiers who want to explore less popular, authentic and independent resorts. The pass offers 2-day access to 82 famous off-the-beaten-path resorts located throughout the United States, Canada and Japan, for $329. You can purchase a ticket for a third day at each resort for 25% off the usual daily rate. Skiing less popular mountains can be a viable alternative to crowded resorts, especially during the peak holiday season. The Indy+ pass is available with no blackout dates - you can learn more about the different pass options here. This is also the only pass on this list that is available for sale throughout the entire season, so you can decide if you want to purchase the pass mid-season if a ski opportunity arises.

 

a skiier in full gear sits drinking an apres ski beer at Loon Mountain in Lincoln New Hampshire

Keep up to date with the individual websites for each pass in the coming weeks for deals and discounts. It is important to note that once the season begins, all passes (except the Indy Pass) will no longer be available to purchase. For each pass there are a variety of Military, College, Youth, and Senior discounts available as well. Check each website for details on blackout date restrictions for each pass - those could severely impact your travel plans. Passes usually include discounts for buddy lift tickets, food, drink, lodging, rentals, ski lessons and lift tickets at other destinations.


These passes allow you to enjoy a variety of world renowned ski destinations while avoiding the astronomical cost of daily lift tickets this upcoming season. You can't beat saving money and having more days on the mountain!


A triumphant snowboarder kneels in the snow with arms outstretched victoriously, looking out over a magical view of the vast Lake Tahoe at Heavenly Resort in the Sierra Nevadas of California.

Heavenly Mountain Resort: South Lake Tahoe, CA - Photo Credit: Daniel Gutierrez



Editor's Note: Thanks to everyone who submitted these incredible skiing and snowboarding photos for this article! If you've got some good pics from ski trips you've taken in the past, we'd love to feature them in an upcoming blog! Send us a note at blog@pathloom.com and we'll talk details and submission guidelines!


 

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