Over the summer, skiers and riders waited patiently for the Epic Pass and Ikon Pass to solidify operating plans for the 20-21 ski season and as of Monday, September 14, 2020, that wait is officially over. After examining each of their respective announcements and the associated fine print, Ski.com can now say with confidence that while these two season pass policies do differ, both season passes offer pass holders relatively easy access to the mountain destinations we’ve all come to know and love.

How exactly you access the mountains however, depends on which pass you decide to purchase. Or maybe you decide to get both and thereby lock in a huge winter season with unparalleled access!

Whatever the case, Ski.com offers both Epic Pass Concierge and Ikon Pass Concierge services so that you can maximize your season pass by getting the best deals on lodging, ground transfers, airfare, equipment rentals and more.

* International travel to/from the United States is currently limited. Please check the current travel advisories in regards to planning any and all destination ski travel. 

Ikon Pass – Pass Holder Priority

“Currently, lift access reservations will not be required for Ikon Pass holders at most Ikon Pass destinations. Please check back often and with each Ikon Pass destination’s website to review specific and updated local access and policy information.”

  • Unrestricted access for Ikon Pass holders at most destinations
  • Reservations to be required at Arapahoe Basin, Jackson Hole, Big Sky Resort, Brighton, Loon, Taos Ski Valley, The Summit at Snoqualmie, and Windham Mountain
  • Reservation access details for Aspen Snowmass and Alta remain TBA

In what is most likely the simplest set of guidelines set forth by any resort operator, Alterra Mountain Company says it will provide Ikon Pass holders with mostly unrestricted access to its resorts for the 2020-2021 season, all while capping day ticket sales and limiting daily on-mountain capacity. Still, a number of partner resorts have yet to announce whether or not they will require reservations this winter. We will update this post as more information becomes available. Following are where the Ikon Pass destinations of the United States stand on reservation policies and opening dates.

Alta, UT | Opening: 11/21 | Reservations: TBA

Arapahoe Basin, CO | Opening: TBA | Reservations: Yes

Aspen Snowmass, CO | Opening: 11/26 | Reservations: TBA

Big Sky, MT | Opening: 11/26 | Reservations: Yes

Copper Mountain, CO | Opening: 11/30 | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Deer Valley, UT | Opening: 12/5 | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Jackson Hole, WY | Opening: 11/26 | Reservations: Yes

Killington, VT | Opening: 11/14 | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Mammoth, CA | Opening: 11/14 | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Mt. Bachelor, OR | Opening: TBA | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Snowbird, UT | Opening: Pending | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Solitude, UT | Opening: 11/20 | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Squaw Alpine, CA | Opening: 11/25 Reservations: Not required at this time 

Steamboat, CO | Open 11/21 | Reservations: Not required at this time

Sunday River, ME | Opening: TBA | Reservations: Not required at this time 

Taos, NM | Opening: 11/26 | Reservations: Yes

Winter Park, CO | Opening: 11/18 | Reservations: Not required at this time 

*Open/close dates for the 20/21 season are weather dependent. Parking reservations may apply at select resorts.

Epic Pass – Reservations

“The relative value of one of our season passes may never be better than [it is] for this winter because we are giving our season pass holders the best access to the mountains.” – Rob Katz, Vail Chief Executive Officer

  • Unlimited early season access
  • Priority reservations for core season
  • Week-of reservations
  • Reservation window Nov. 6 – Dec. 7
  • Pass credits + early-bird pricing ends Sep. 17

For the 20-21 ski season, the Epic Pass has introduced a reservation policy that allows pass holders to secure up up to 7  priority days in advance for the core season (December 8, 2021 – April 4, 2021). In addition to that access, you can add as many “week-of” reservations as your Epic Pass allows. The reservation period for “priority days” during the core season will open on November 6, 2020 and closes on December 8, 2020. Prior to that ‘core season,’ Epic Pass holders will enjoy unlimited access at all Vail Resorts.

Find out more: Vail Resorts Announces Epic Pass COVID Policy | Reservations Required

Also Read: Epic Pass North America Opening Days

Related: Epic vs. Ikon Pass

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