Epic Exit: Sun Valley, Snowbasin Join Ikon; Chamonix Comes With

Alterra Mountain Company added three new resorts to its Ikon Pass roster for 2022-2023.

Today, sister resorts Sun Valley and Snowbasin announced they will jump ship from Epic Pass. And, along with iconic French resort Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, they will join the Ikon Pass for the 2022-2023 ski season.

Passes for next season go on sale at their lowest prices of the year on Thursday, March 10.

The three new locations bring the total number of resorts under the worldwide Ikon umbrella to 50. The new partner additions give Ikon Pass holders a tight cluster of options in Utah, with six mountains within 100 miles of each other.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley is the fourth Ikon location in the Alps. It joins an international list that spans 10 total countries.

New Ikon Properties: Sun Valley, Snowbasin, Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley

Sun Valley (south-central Idaho) and Snowbasin (just north of Salt Lake City) are sister properties under the banner of Grand America Hotels & Resorts.

Sun Valley comprises 3,400 vertical feet and 2,000 acres of terrain on two mountains outside Ketchum, Idaho. A big-mountain atmosphere and quaint ski town charm characterize the Sawtooth Mountain location.

Snowbasin is nestled in the Wasatch Mountains just east of Ogden, Utah. The 3,000-acre resort has a reputation for ease of access and family friendliness with wide-open bowls and plenty of beginner terrain. It also boasts plenty of steep, gladed runs near the ridgeline and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, meanwhile, sprawls across a handful of distinct areas just below western Europe’s highest peak. The litany includes everything from the lift-served, never-groomed Grands Montets (steep drop-ins!) to Brévent, which provides secure, groomed trails to skiers at all levels on the slopes below Mont Blanc.

Holders of the 2022-2023 Ikon Pass will get up to 7 days of access to each resort with no blackout dates. Skiers and riders can also opt for the Ikon Base Pass, which offers 5 days at each new location with select blackout dates.

2022-2023 Ikon Pass Options and Benefits

The Ikon Pass proper is, well, epic. This coming winter, it will facilitate unlimited access to Steamboat, Winter Park, Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear, and more. Plus, pass-holders get 7-day unrestricted access to the newest participating resorts and a laundry list of other mountains.

Pricing for adults starts at $1,080, then slides to $800 for “young adults” aged 13-22 and $340 for kids.

Palisades Tahoe Alpine Meadows; (photo courtesy/Ikon Pass)

The Ikon Base Pass also comes with unlimited access to multiple mountains but trims down access from there. Five-day access and some blackout dates are the norm, with pricing starting at $770.

Student, military, and nurse discounts are available for each Ikon Pass level. Benefits include buddy pass discounts, a free one-year membership to Protect Our Winters, and one “First Tracks” morning each month from January to March, where pass-holders can ski or ride before the lifts open.

“We are excited to join the Ikon Pass community for the 2022-2023 season,” said Bruce Fery, CEO of Grand America Hotels & Resorts.

“As we continue our legacy as two premier independently owned and operated U.S. mountain destinations, we look forward to welcoming Ikon Pass holders and providing the legendary experience for which Sun Valley and Snowbasin are known.”

To learn everything there is to know about the 2022-2023 Ikon Pass, click here. For more information about Sun Valley and Snowbasin, including alternative pass options and regulations, click here.

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