Pass Wars 2019 edition

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Pass Wars 2019 edition

Postby tseeb » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:07 am

Looks like Vail fired the first shot adding Snowbasin and Sun Valley to Epic Pass. See ... epic-pass/ which includes "Epic Pass holders will get seven days of unrestricted skiing at the two resorts, while Epic Local Pass holders will get two days at each resort with minimal restrictions."

I'm not sure what I'll be doing next season. So far this year I have 22 days on my (Vail) Tahoe Local Pass and 0 on my Ikon. I was thinking about trying Sierra Tahoe pass for a year as it comes with Powder Alliance benefits and would make my where to ski today choice at Tahoe much simpler. But besides being on other side of Echo Summit from my family's cabin, Sierra has limited snowmaking so they don't have great early season and always close mid-April.
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Re: Pass Wars 2019 edition

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:55 am

Sierra is also relatively low and more rain-prone than Kirkwood or the upper half of Heavenly. This is not a good idea unless you're willing to do a lot of extended commuting to Squaw and Mammoth on your Ikon.

I have axes to grind with Vail myself, but there's no point in cutting off your nose to spite your face. If you are based in South Tahoe, you need to have some form of Epic Pass. If based in North Tahoe, it's a closer call but I would prefer Ikon.

I guess the Earl Holding heirs of Sun Valley/Snowbasin are not willing to sell yet or are asking too high a price. But I'm sure in the meantime they will collect decent revenue from Vail to (presumably) leave the Mountain Collective. If they do, Mountain Collective is now a subset of the Ikon Pass.
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Re: Pass Wars 2019 edition

Postby Sbooker » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:21 pm ... mation.pdf
In other news it appears that the Mountain Collective Pass is locked in for 2019/20 although it is obviously up in the air as to what resorts will be on it. The above link says that the 19/20 pass will be on sale at the beginning of March.
I'm thinking that some of the other Ikon resorts will be on the Mountain Collective - Steamboat, Copper and Solitude would be nice.
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