The first salvo in the fierce rivalry between the Ikon and Epic passes for next year has been fired, and it includes quite a deal sweetener: Unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park this season in April.
Ikon passes will go on sale next Tuesday.
The Ikon Pass, which is sold by Alterra Mountain Co. for its properties and partnering resorts, is good at 38 destinations in the U.S. and overseas including Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Eldora and the four Aspen Mountains.
There was no immediate response from Vail Resorts, Alterra’s competitor, which counters Ikon with its Epic passes.
“Stay tuned,” said Vail Resorts spokeswoman Liz Biebl.
Ikon also will introduce a payment plan. Purchasers may make a $199 down payment and pay the rest in four monthly installments in June through September if they purchase before April 24.
There are two Ikon products:
The Ikon Pass ($949 for new buyers, $919 for renewals) offers unlimited skiing and riding at 14 destinations including Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper and Eldora, along with seven-day deals at 23 resorts including the Aspen mountains.
The Ikon Base Pass ($649 for new buyers, $619 for renewals) offers access subject to some blackout dates at 12 destinations, including the Front Range Ikon resorts, along with five days at Steamboat and the Aspen mountains.
Also on Tuesday, Winter Park will begin selling a Winter Park-only season pass for $449.