The A to Z of the Ikon Pass – from Aussie perks to skiing in Zermatt

Rene Crawshaw skiing powder at Revelstoke Mountain resort. Photo: Grant Gunderson for Ikon Pass.

There’s a multi resort pass in town that you need to know about and it’s got some exciting new updates.

The Ikon Pass, now in its third year of making life easier for skiers and snowboarders who want to visit  41 of the world’s best snow destinations, now offers three seasons of skiing – 2020 southern, 2020/2021 northern and 2021 southern. 

Not sure where to begin? We’ve broken it all down for you below all the way from A to Z.

A is for Aussies, who get the best perks out of this pass, and access to the most incredible resorts across the Southern Hemisphere. Buy now and use it for your 2020 winter trips in Aus, New Zealand or South America; ski/board all the Ikon Pass resorts in the northern season; then, if you have any southern days left, use it again next southern season. Three seasons, one pass. Not bad, not bad.

B is for the Base Pass, which starts from just US$699 and unlocks 38 destinations worldwide. This is your best option if you’re on a bit of a budget but still wanting to access the majority of spots offered up by Ikon, and you can work around the holiday blackout dates.

Cis for Coronet Peak. Head across the ditch for 7 days of skiing at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt on the full Ikon Pass and 5 days on the Base Pass.

D is for Deer Valley. The creme de la creme of ski resorts, ski the Deer Valley Difference and enjoy five star ski in ski out accommodation, a slope side champagne yurt, the famous Stein Eriksen burgers and slopes groomed twice a day.

E is for exclusive. Enjoy passholder discounts with your Ikon pass – like discounted lift tickets for your mates, discounted lodging, discounts on ski school, the list goes on…

Discounts on rentals? Sorted. Photo credit: Alterra Mountain Company

F is for forty one. The full amount of resorts available to you on the full pass. Just a few to explore, then.

G is for grand – and what’s more grand than Mammoth? A big bucket-list mountain for Aussies, they’ve got over 3500 acres to explore, and some of the longest seasons in the Northern Hemisphere thanks to 33 feet of snow every year. With your Ikon Pass, you’ve got unlimited access to discover it all.

H is for hot chocolates. You’ll be drinking plenty of them with up to 15% off food & beverage with your Ikon Pass at a variety of the available destinations.

I is for Ikon Pass. Unlimited skiing, all season/s long for just US$999. 

J is for Jackson Hole. The Big Kahuna, you haven’t really skied until you’ve skied Jackson. Try 2,500 acres of terrain to explore, 116 trails and an elevation of 3,185m with almost 12m of snowfall every year. Get seven days there with the Ikon Pass, or add it to your Base Pass for only US$150.

K is for kid-friendly. There’s nothing better than skiing as a family, and with so many destinations included with your pass, you’re sure to find one that makes the littlies fall in love with the sport – like Winter Park in Colorado, with tubing, a huge recreation centre, bowling in town and even winter hot air ballooning. Families benefit big time with Ikon. Save up to $200 USD on child passes for little ones aged 5-12, with the purchase of an adult Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass.

L is for Lake Louise.  One of the most popular destinations in Canada, you’ll also have to hit up the rest of Ski Big 3 with your Ikon Pass – Banff Sunshine and Mt Norquay. Get up to 7 days to go between them all, depending on the pass chosen.

The best Banff views.

M is for Mt Buller. All-time Aussie favourite is up for grabs with your pass, with up to seven days on offer to use this 2020 winter season, next year’s 2021 winter season, or a mix of both.

N is for Niseko United. Love Japan? So do the Ikon team. The best of the best is up for grabs with up to seven days available to explore the best of Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Niseko Village Ski Resort, Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort and Niseko Hanazono Ski Resort.

O is for one day. Good news for those who make the very most of their day on the slopes, and stretch it out to night skiing! If you use your Ikon Pass or Ikon Base Pass during the day and again the same night at the same destination, it counts as one day, not two.

P is for payment plan. Your credit card won’t be so mad at you with this option. Lock in the lowest price of the season for just US$199, plus 4 monthly payments with 0% interest.

Photo: Official Mont Tremblant

Q is for Quebec. Tremblant may technically be in Canada, but it’s in a province that few Aussies get around to visiting. This resort is well-worth the visit, being visually stunning and with the prettiest little pedestrian village since the North Pole. Plus your Ikon pass offers unlimited access.

R is for Revelstoke. Revy is for the steep and deep lovers, those who want to shred what is powder and backcountry paradise for so many hardcore snow lovers in British Columbia. Get up to seven days to explore the trees, bowls and chutes here.

S is for Steamboat. A classic Colorado ski resort with trademarked Champagne Powder and the best tree skiing in all the land plus a town filled with cowboy ranchers and margarita bars.

T is for Thredbo! New South Wales ski and board lovers, this one is for you. It’s the same drill as Buller, with seven days on offer to use this 2020 winter season, next year’s 2021 winter season, or a mix of both.

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Skiing in Thredbo. Photo credit: Thredbo media

U is for unlimited. 15 destinations on the Ikon pass and 14 on the Base pass give you the chance to ski unlimited days – so if you’re thinking about quitting your job for a sabbatical around all the resorts for six months or so, now’s the time.

V is for Valle Nevado. Skiing and boarding in Chile is one of the coolest things you can tick off a snow-themed bucket list, and the resources in Valle Nevado are some of the best available in this part of the world. Visit up to seven days in 2020 or 2021 with your Ikon pass of choice.

W is for Winter Park. Take the two hour ski train from Denver to Winter Park and you’ll be skiing from first to last chair and back again.

X is for the kisses you’ll be blowing to the mountains.

Y is for years. If you had an Ikon Pass last year, you get a renewal discount – Ikon’s gift to you! Renewal discounts will be offered to pass holders if purchased before Wednesday, April 22, 2020 with savings of up to $100 USD.

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Zermatt! Photo credit: Zermatt

Z is for Zermatt. The last but definitely not least. You’ll have up to seven days in this Swiss Alps paradise, which happens to be the highest in the alps.

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