Epic Vs Ikon: Which Pass Is Right For You?

When Vail Resorts debuted the Epic Pass in 2008, it was a game changer for the ski industry. Never before had a single season pass provided skiers and riders access to so many resorts at that price point. At the time, the Epic Pass worked at Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, plus Heavenly in California—all for $579.

Today, of course, Vail Resorts’ roster has expanded significantly. The Epic Pass now gets you unlimited days at 18 Vail-owned properties across Colorado, Utah, California, Vermont, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and British Columbia. Earlier this year, Vail announced plans to acquire Hotham and Falls Creek ski resorts in Australia, and pending closing and approvals, Epic Pass holders would also get unlimited days there.

The Epic Pass also includes limited days at partner resorts like Telluride in Colorado, Fernie and Kicking Horse in British Columbia, and new for this winter, Sun Valley in Idaho and Snowbasin in Utah, plus some 30 ski resorts around Europe and 10 in Japan. Next year’s Epic Pass, which is on sale now, costs $939. (The Epic Local Pass, good at select resorts, is $699.) The price of the pass will increase on April 14.

Read the full story on REI Co-op Journal.