To Epic or to Ikon? Decide which pass is right for you. |

To Epic or to Ikon? Decide which pass is right for you.

Jeff Dempsey
The Park Record
Alec Padan, from left, Anders Ingle, Jake Stone, Ryan Cook, Ron Danos and William Sangster celebrate being the first skiers on Park City Mountain for the 2018-2019 season at the top of the Payday lift at Park City Mountain Resort last Nov. 21. This season the resort is likely to be open Nov. 23. Deer Valley Resort will open Dec. 7.
Park Record file photo

It’s the skier’s conundrum. As the start of the season comes closer, and with Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass and Alterra Mountain Resorts’ Ikon Pass prices about to increase in just a few days, it’s time for those still on the fence to make a decision. What do the passes cost and where do they get you?

Epic Pass

Vail Resorts introduced the Epic Pass several years ago, and it’s now grown to include access to dozens of resorts around the globe. With its acquisition of Peak Resorts last month, Vail Resorts added 17 more U.S. ski areas to its network. For Parkites, though, the main attraction is, of course, Park City Mountain Resort. There are several tiers of Epic Pass to suit the varying needs of skiers and snowboarders:

• Epic Pass, no restrictions, $969 for adults, $509 for children age 5-12

• Epic Local Pass, some blackout days, $719 adults, $379 age 5-12, $579 age 13-18

• Park City Youth Pass, no restrictions, $389

• Park City 4-Pack, four days at PCMR, $359

For Parkites looking to try another Utah mountain, the Epic Pass now also includes seven days at Snowbasin.

Prices are set to increase Oct. 13. For a complete list of pass options and included resorts, visit

Ikon Pass

Alterra Mountain Company’s Ikon Pass, its answer to the Epic Pass, includes more than 40 destinations, the crown jewel of which is perhaps Deer Valley Resort right here in Park City. It also includes access to several other area resorts — Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird. Ikon Pass options are:

• Ikon Pass, no blackout dates, $1,049 (pass includes seven days at Deer Valley)

• Ikon Base Pass, includes blackout dates, $749 (pass includes five days at Deer Valley)

The Ikon Pass includes unlimited skiing at 14 destinations, with up to seven days of skiing at 26 others. The Base Pass, on the other hand, includes unlimited skiing at 12 destinations and five days at 28 others.

Solitude Mountain is the only Utah resort included in either Ikon Pass’ “unlimited days” list. Ikon passholders can ski seven days at Deer Valley, Brighton, and Alta/Snowbird, while Ikon Base passholders get five days at each.

Ikon Pass prices will increase Oct. 17. To learn more, visit

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