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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Courtesy of Ikon Pass

Ikon Pass Holders Will Get a Bigger Renewal Discount for the 2020–21 Season

Alterra Mountain Company doubled the discount benefit for returning Ikon Pass holders in light of "uneasy and unprecedented" times.

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If you were an Ikon Pass holder this year and plan to purchase again, we’ve got good news: In response to the impact of COVID-19, Alterra Mountain Company announced Tuesday that it’s discounting renewal prices at an even greater rate for the 2020–21 season. Beyond that, the early-purchase deadline has been extended from April 22 to May 26.

For full Ikon Pass holders, the renewal rate is dropping by $100, from $899 to $799; for Ikon Base Pass holders, the renewal rate is dropping from $649 to $599. (Both deals are subject to the spring deadline date of May 26.) If you’ve already renewed your Ikon commitment for next year, don’t worry: You’ll receive a rebate for the difference in price.

Alterra announced several deadline extensions, as well.  The payment plan, which will now be available until August 1, allows for a $199 down payment and then four interest-free monthly payments on the remaining cost. Discounted child passes will also now be available for purchase until May 26.

In addition to the discounts and deadline extensions, Alterra also announced an Adventure Assurance program, which will let Ikon Pass holders defer their purchase until the following season (2021-’22) if it looks like mountains won’t be opening in the fall. As long as pass holders decide before December 10, there is no additional charge for deferring the purchase.

In Colorado, the Ikon Pass grants at least partial access to Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Eldora Mountain Resort. Starting next season for Base Pass holders, access to Aspen Snowmass (along with Jackson Hole in Wyoming) will cost an additional $150 for five days, though full Ikon Pass holders will continue to receive seven days.

Vail Resorts has not yet announced any additional deadline extensions or discounts for its competing Epic Pass, but it was already offering a new deal to 2020–21 pass holders: 20 percent off food, lodging, and other resort amenities.

For now, all resorts on the Ikon Pass are expected to be open for next season. Though, if any do close, all passes that have been paid in full are non-refundable. The commitment is still yours to make, but remember, as Ikon says in its promotional video: “We will get back to the good times” and “the mountains endure.”

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on 4/20/20 to include new information about the Ikon Pass Adventure Assurance program. 

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