Four Awesome Road Trips Available to Ikon Pass Holders

Robin Azer | | Industry NewsIndustry News

 

The new Ikon Pass, connecting skiers and riders to 26 iconic destinations in North America is now available for winter 2018/2019.

We’ve put together four awesome Ikon Pass road trips from coast to coast. With no blackout dates on the Ikon Pass, you have the freedom to travel any time throughout ski country. These road trips with the Ikon Pass are a mere sampling of how much you can ski with this pass. We didn’t even route through any of the Colorado destinations available with the Ikon Pass.

To see where else you can explore, check out the listing below. 

California: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, June Mountain, Mammoth Mountain

Three destinations, 400 miles, 8 hour drive time

California road tripping with the Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass offers unlimited days of skiing and riding, with no black-out dates, at three of California’s premier destinations in the Sierra Mountains: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, June Mountain, and Mammoth Mountain.

Squaw Valley Credit: Ikon Pass

Just an hour from the Reno airport, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offers up over 6,000 acres of skiable terrain across two mountains. It’s been rated the ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America, for the third year in a row, by USA Today and 10Best Readers Choice. Tons of snow, loads of sunshine, and terrain that runs the gamut from gnarly to tame, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offers a vibrant mountain culture rivaled by few. 

Face shots at June Mountain Credit: Ikon Pass

June Mountain is located 3.5 hours south of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on the edge of stunning June Lake. This intimate local mountain is a gem waiting to be discovered. When conditions are firing there are some nice steeps near the bottom of the mountain and off the June Mountain summit. Mid-mountain and the Rainbow Summit are family friendly with wide, open runs. This quiet destination has the benefit of little to no lift-lines allowing for hidden powder stashes days after a storm. 

Unlimited trips to Mammoth Mountain with the Ikon Pass Credit: Ikon Pass

Mammoth Mountain earns its name – it is mammoth with 3,500 skiable acres. Only 45 minutes south of June Mountain, this stop is an ideal mountain to complete this journey. At just over 11,000 feet, Mammoth Mountain pulls down the snow, creating a dependable snowpack and plenty of powder days. The terrain has extensive areas to entertain the experts, but is sufficiently diverse enough to meet the needs of those less ambitious. The town of Mammoth Lakes offers something for everyone with loads of restaurants, bars, and shops, plus après cat tours and hot springs. When you’ve soaked it all up, head back to Reno, drive five hours south to Los Angeles, or fly straight out of the Mammoth Lakes airport.

Utah, Wyoming and Montana: Deer Valley Resort, AltaSnowbird, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort

Five destinations, 565 miles, 11 hour drive time

Adventure into 565 miles of steep and deep terrain on this Ikon Pass road trip.

This road trip is ideal for those looking to really get after it. The Ikon Pass offers seven days with no black out days at each destination (AltaSnowbird share seven days). These mountains have all the steep and deep you can ask for and then some. Start this adventure in Salt Lake City and wrap it up 565 miles later in Bozeman, Montana. If time allows, take a day to explore some of the best corduroy and après Bloody Marys anywhere at Deer Valley Resort, just a short ride from AltaSnowbird.

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The Snowbird tram takes you up 11,000 feet to Hidden Peak. Credit: Ikon Pass

Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains and just 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport sits Snowbird. The drive into the canyon is impressive in itself, with stunning cliff faces rising up on either side. The terrain at Snowbird lives up to its reputation and is chock full of steeps, chutes, bowls, trees, and plenty of small cliffs for hucking.

Alta powder, blower-light and plenty of it. Credit: Ikon Pass

Utah lays claim to the “greatest snow on earth” and that might just be the case if blower-light pow is your thing. A mile up the canyon from Snowbird is Alta Ski Area. It is only open to skiers – sorry snowboarders – spend the extra days at Snowbird enjoying all that great powder found there. Alta offers 2,200 acres of incredible terrain with a decidedly laid-back village vibe. Alta also offers up plenty of off-piste opportunities.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort- Credit: Ikon Pass

Leaving the great state of Utah in your rearview mirror, travel 5 1/2 hours north toward the northwest corner of Wyoming to reach Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This place doesn’t really need any introduction as its reputation, rightly earned, speaks for itself. With an average of over 450 inches of snow and all the steeps you can handle, this destination defines iconic. Although well known for being a playground for experts, a lesser-known fact is that half of the terrain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is well suited for intermediates and beginners alike.

Big Sky Resort Credit: Ikon Pass/Jeff Engerbretson

Travel north another 3 1/2 hours from Jackson Hole into Montana, a.k.a. Big Sky country. Located in the Northern Rockies, Big Sky Resort is made up of four expansive mountains. At 5,800 acres, this destination offers plenty of terrain for every level of ability. One of Big Sky’s famed calling cards are the steeps accessed just off the Lone Peak Tram. With nearly non-existent lift lines and over 4,300 feet of vertical drop you’re going to be glad you spent that time in the gym. Catch a flight out of Bozeman, an hour from Big Sky Resort.

Canada: SkiBig3 (Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay) and Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Four destinations, 558 miles, 10.5 hour drive time

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Explore over 8,000 skiable acres in the dramatic Canadian Rockies.

This next adventure starts and ends in Calgary, Alberta. The Ikon Pass offers 7 days between the three destinations of SkiBig3 and another 7 days at Revelstoke, providing a variety of terrain and vibe, and unlimited adventure. “Canada’s wild is calling.”

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SkiBig3 – Sunshine Credit: Reuben Krabbe/ Ikon Pass

SkiBig3 is made up of three diverse destinations: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay. Located in Alberta, Canada, these independent mountains are situated in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and under a two-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. Banff Sunshine offers 3,358 skiable acres of stunning scenery among the soaring faces of the Canadian Rockies. The large and diverse terrain includes plenty of steeps, glades, bumps and corduroy. It is also home to the famed Delirium Dive for those seeking a wild ride.

Lake Louise is a well-known playground for expert skiers and riders. The back bowls offer a great expanse of wind-loaded pockets of powder down chutes, cliffs, steep gullies and natural jumps. The largest of the SkiBig3 destinations at 4,200 acres, Lake Louise has something for all levels of skiers and riders

Mt. Norquay is conveniently located just outside the town of Banff. This family friendly destination is perhaps best known for its North American Chair and the terrain it accesses and the spectacular aerial views it provides. Here youll find great groomers, few lift lines, and an opportunity to rack up a ton of vertical in a day.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Credit: Ian Houghton/Ikon Pass

Hit the highway for about 3 1/2 hours and you’ll be at your next destination. Offering 5,620 feet of lift-accessed vertical terrain, the most in North America, Revelstoke Mountain Resort favors the fit. Made up of two high alpine bowls, more than 3,000 acres of fall line skiing and legendary trees, Revelstoke Mountain Resort was voted Best Canadian Ski Resort by the World Ski Award in Austria in 2016. Skiers and riders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. That is not a typo.

The East Coast: Stratton, Killington Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Loon Mountain

Four destinations, 460 miles, 10 hour drive time

A sampling of the east coast destinations on the Ikon Pass.

The East Coast is afforded many options with the Ikon Pass. This final trip spans the highways and byways of New England, down meandering country roads, across covered bridges and through quaint villages. Although this journey begins and ends in Boston, MA, those in and around New York City could easily make this journey as well.

This adventure is just a sampling of the east coast offerings provided with the Ikon Pass. 

Stratton Credit: Ikon Pass

Stratton in Vermont is the birthplace of modern snowboarding – Jake Burton Carpenter developed his Burton prototype board here and the rest is history and the US Snowboarding Championship was held here for years. The base area at Stratton is reminiscent of a quaint European village with a lively après scene at local hot spots such as Grizzly’s and the Green Door Pub.

Located about three hours from Boston, you can ski unlimited days at Stratton with the Ikon Pass. 

 

Killington Resort Credit: Ikon Pass

Killington Resort is “the Beast of the East” with over 1,500 skiable acres, the biggest ski area in the East, and only 1.5 hours up the road from Stratton. The terrain here provides a little something for everyone from wide-opened groomers to narrow, classic New England runs, moguls, steeps, and trees. Killington Resort is a regular on the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup circuit. Enjoy seven days of skiing and riding here with the Ikon Pass. 

Sugarbush Resort Credit: Ikon Pass

About an hour from Killington Resort, Sugarbush Resort is located in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. The terrain is composed of three distinct peaks – Lincoln, Castlerock, Mt. Ellen – offering something for everyone. Of the three, Castlerock provides experts and advanced skiers and riders the most challenging, ungroomed and gladed terrain with a 2,600-foot vertical drop. Enjoy up to seven days here with the Ikon Pass. 

Loon Mountain Credit: Ikon Pass

Travel over the river and through the woods for 2 1/2 hours to reach Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. Here you can explore dozens of “twisty, old school New England trails” or drop into the state’s only superpipe. Enjoy seven days here on the Ikon Pass. This 460-mile road trip winds back down to Boston, 2.5 hours south.

These four adventurous Ikon Pass road trips are just a sampling of how much terrain pass holders can access. To see where else you can explore, check out the complete destination list below. 

Ikon Pass Destinations by Location

  • California: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort
  • Colorado: Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resort
  • Maine: Sugarloaf, Sunday River
  • Montana: Big Sky Resort
  • New Hampshire: Loon Mountain
  • Utah: Deer Valley Resort, AltaSnowbird
  • Vermont: Stratton, Killington Resort, Sugarbush Resort
  • West Virginia: Snowshoe
  • Wyoming: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Alberta, Canada: SkiBig3
  • Ontario, Canada: Blue Mountain
  • Quebec, Canada: Tremblant
  • British Columbia, Canada: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures*

*Early booking privileges for winter and 10% off summer reservations

IKON PASS BY THE NUMBERS

  • Destinations: 26
  • States: 9
  • Canadian Provinces: 4
  • Total Acres: 63,709
  • Trails: 3,304
  • Lifts: 481

*Does not include CMH stats

For more information on the Ikon Pass and to learn more about the 26 unique destinations, click here. 


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