IKON Pass vs. EPIC Pass

Posted by: admin August 31st, 2019

Updated for the 19/20 season pass.

We researched the IKON pass vs the popular EPIC pass to unlock our the best ski season of your life. Discover the pros and cons of each pass and plan your next winter adventure in Summit County, Colorado.

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Mountains your get to shred:

Unlimited access to:

Mammoth Mountain, CA
Steamboat, CO
Stratton, VT
Tremblant, QC
Winter Park, CO
Big Bear Mountain Resort, CA
Blue Mountain, ON
June Mountain, CA
Snowshoe, WV
Copper Mountain, CO
Eldora, CO
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, CA

New this year, 19/10 season:

Solitude, UT

Crystal Mountain, WA  

Limited access:

7 days @ Thredbo, NSW
7 days @ Deer Valley, UT
7 days @ Jackson Hole, WY
7 days @ Big Sky Resort, MT
7 days @ Killington, VT
7 days @ Revelstoke, BC
7 days @ Sugarbush, VT
7 days @ Aspen Snowmass, CO
7 days total between Alta Ski Area, and Snowbird, UT
7 days @ SkiBig3, AB
7 days total between Loon Mountain, NH, Sunday River, ME & Sugarloaf, ME

New this year, 19/10 season:

7 days @ Sunday River, ME
7 days @ Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, CO
7 days @ Sugarloaf, ME
7 days @ Taos, NM
7 days @ Boyne highlands, MI
7 days @ Boyne mountain, MI
7 days @ Zermatt Matterhorn, Switzerland
7 days @ the summit at Snoqualmie, WA
7 days @ Coronet peak, the Remarkables, Mt Hutt, New Zealand
7 days @ Cypress, BC
7 days @ Niseko United, Japan
7 days @ Valle Nevado, Chile

Price: $1,049 adult, $779 young adult aged 13-22, a child aged 5-12 $399, children four or under are $49 for a season pass.

Perks: 10 discounted friends and family tickets, 30% off CMH helicopter trips, friends, 15% food, beverage and retail destination owned stores, military, and college season rate discounts, 64,000 skiable acres

Pros: More skiable acreage in the Rockies, higher average snowfall at the available resorts, more discounted tickets for friends and family, the people's choice mountains, the young adult price is lower.

Cons: The adult rates are higher across the board and children under four are not free, fewer mountains to ride

Overall: The IKON Pass is gaining traction on providing access to the best ski resorts. The pass is slighter more expensive across the board and has similar perks. Where IKON shines is the Colorado mountains that are available to ride. Copper Mountain and Steamboat are Colorado's "people's choice," mountains with a variety of runs that the whole family will enjoy. IKON has eight with no blackout dates in Colorado vs EPIC's seven mountains with the new addition of Telluride and Crested Butte limited access. IKON also offers eight resorts on the East coast which if you are a frequent winter traveler this might be an attractive option.




NEW for 2019/20 – Access to Sun Valley, Snowbasin, Rusutsu-Japan, 2020 Access Falls Creek and Hotham, Australia. 

COMING SOON - Access to the 17 Peak Resorts ski areas (subject to certain conditions, including regulatory review.)

Mountains your get to shred:

Unlimited access to:

Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton

New for the 19/20 season pass:

Perisher, AU / Falls Creek, AU / Hotham AU


Limited access to:

7 days at Telluride

7 days in Canada: Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska Ski Area, Mont-Sainte Anne, Stoneham

5 days in Japan: Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort, Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort, Hakuba Happo-one Snow Resort, Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Resort, Jiigatake Snow Resort, Kashimayari Ski Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Snow Resort

Access to 30 European Resorts, restrictions apply: Tignes-Val D'isere, Skirama Dolomiti, Paradiski, Les 3 Vallees, Arlberg, Adamello Brenta, 4 Vallees



Unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding*

No restricted dates.

*COMING SOON for 2019/20* the 17 Peak Resorts ski areas will be Epic! (Subject to certain conditions, including regulatory review)

Mount Snow, VT*
Hunter Mountain, NY*
Attitash Mountain Resort, NH*
Wildcat Mountain, NH*
Crotched Mountain, NH*
Liberty Mountain Resort, PA*
Roundtop Mountain Resort, PA*
Whitetail Resort, PA*
Jack Frost, PA*
Big Boulder, PA*
Boston Mills, OH*
Brandywine, OH*
Mad River Mountain, OH*
Hidden Valley, MO*
Snow Creek, MO*
Paoli Peaks, IN*
Alpine Valley, OH*

Perks: 6 family and friend discounted tickets, one free machine wax at Epic Mountain Gear, 20% off lodging, free gondola and chairlift rides in the summer, 15% off food and beverages, 20% off bike rentals, golf discounts, spa and excursion discounts, the ability to attach your debit card to your pass for convenience,  10% shuttle transportation 

Price: $939 adult aged 13 and up, children aged 5 - 12 $369 (Epic Local only), military $129, children four and under are free with the accompaniment of an adult.

Pros: Lower prices across the board with an incredible military offer and children under four are free, more mountains to ride internationally and domestically, more Colorado mountains available within a closer radius to each other, offers a $49 down payment in March with an option to pay the rest in Sept.

Cons: More blackout dates and restrictions of resorts outside Colorado, less East coast destination resorts 

Overall: After doing the research of the two passes, we found the EPIC pass far surpasses the IKON pass if you are a Colorado resident. It's cheaper, there are more mountains and you can't beat the children and military discounts. It all comes down to where you want to ride this winter season. 

Whatever you choose this year for your winter season pass, consider the Frisco Lodge as your lodging destination. We are located right in the middle of the all of the Summit County, Colorado ski resorts. Book now to reserve your winter wonderland.