The season’s heavy rainfall has given local mountains like Mammoth and Big Bear abundant snowfall, meaning this year’s ski season will likely go on much longer than usual. While weather is always unpredictable, one thing you can count on is the Ikon Pass to help you to get the most out of your days on the slopes. Not only does the full Ikon Pass grant unlimited skiing in nearby spots like Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, and Big Bear Mountain Resort, but it also covers Steamboat, Sugarbush, and even bucket-list locales like Valle Nevado, Chile; Zermatt-Matterhorn, Switzerland; and Coronet Peak, New Zealand.
Here is our guide to getting the most out of your pass.
Mark Your Calendar. Passes for next season went on sale in March. The sooner you purchase yours, the more you’ll get out of it.
Timing Is Everything. Prices for passes for the 2023–2024 season are lowest at launch date, and slowly climb closer to the time the season starts. The earlier you purchase, the greater access you have to renewal discounts and payment plans.
Buy Now, Ski Now. Purchase your pass for the 2023–2024 season now, and you can use it at select mountains right away. While the list of this year’s destinations offering immediate access hasn’t yet been announced, last year’s included Big Bear Mountain, Stratton, Sugarbush, Snowshoe, and Blue Mountain, with Mammoth Mountain, Palisades Tahoe, and Winter Park offering access in April 2022.
Bigger and Better. Skiing familiar territory has its benefits, but there’s nothing like exploring new regions, near and far. This past year, Ikon Pass added seven destinations for the 2022–2023 season, including Sun Valley, Idaho; Snowbasin, Utah; Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, France; Grandvalira, Andorra; Lotte Arai Resort, Japan; and Panorama and Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, Canada. Also, the Alterra Mountain Company recently acquired Snow Valley Southern California, and Ikon Pass holders received access to the new destination in February.
Above and Beyond. Ikon Pass Ambassador Mikaela Shiffrin recently became the new all-time women’s World Cup record holder with 83 wins. To celebrate, Alterra Mountain Company, which operates Big Bear Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Mammoth Mountain, and many others, is making all existing recreational ski-racing courses at its destinations free for guests for the remainder of the season.