Ikon Pass Signs Mt. Bachelor and Windham Mountain

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Uniquely located on a volcano, Mt. Bachelor is the largest destination resort in Oregon.

New resorts on both coasts will join Alterra’s Ikon Pass for winter 2020-21.  In central Oregon, Mt. Bachelor will become the fifth Powdr-owned mountain to sign on to Ikon following Copper, Eldora, Killington and Snowbird.  In New York’s Catskill region, independently-owned Windham Mountain will be the first Ikon destination in the Empire State.  Both new additions will offer seven day access on the full Ikon Pass and five restricted days with the Ikon Base Pass.  Ikon Pass holders will now enjoy access to 42 mountains in North America with a total of 503 lifts.  The competing Epic Pass from Vail Resorts offers 42 different mountains with 434 lifts in the US and Canada.  Both passes also include days in Europe, Asia and Australia.

“As we look ahead, we are excited to announce these new partners that represent the spirit of the Ikon Pass community, bringing added value to pass holders, at some of the lowest rates available since we launched the Ikon Pass,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer for Alterra Mountain Company.  “Mt. Bachelor in Oregon and Windham Mountain in New York are favorites in their regions, adding expanded access in two new states in North America and inspiring Ikon Pass holders to seek more adventures.”  Alterra recently introduced enhanced renewal savings and an Adventure Assurance program to entice buyers amid COVID-19 uncertainty.

12 thoughts on “Ikon Pass Signs Mt. Bachelor and Windham Mountain

  1. skitheeast April 28, 2020 / 10:10 am

    I am unsurprised Windham’s management finally caved and is joining Ikon. Their insistence on maintaining high season pass prices while Hunter moved to Epic was questionable at best. A Windham/Stratton/Killington combination is excellent for New York-based skiers.

    Mt. Bachelor is a great addition as well. I never understood the Powdr approach to Ikon. Copper & Eldora being unlimited makes sense to create a viable Epic rival for Denver, but why are Boreal & Soda Springs not even on Ikon at all to combine with Squaw? Why not add Lee Canyon to lure in the Nevada-based skiers who love Mammoth?

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  2. Enumclaw kid April 28, 2020 / 11:41 am

    For your map, don’t forget the new-for-last-year Indy Pass. Same concept as Mountain Collective, but way cheaper. Smaller, locals-oriented mountains in the Northwest and BC, Alaska, Midwest, and Northeast.

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    • Peter Landsman April 28, 2020 / 12:40 pm

      The Indy Pass, Powder Alliance and Mountain Collective aren’t really season passes like Epic and Ikon. They aren’t direct-to-lift and don’t offer unlimited access to any mountains. Maybe I will make a separate map for those types of products.

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  3. Kaden K (nedakalTNT) April 28, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Also for your map, don’t forget that A-Basin left the epic pass and joined the ikon pass.

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  4. jaytrem April 28, 2020 / 3:31 pm

    Hmmm, no Silver Star yet.

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    • Peter Landsman April 28, 2020 / 5:22 pm

      It is quite remarkable that SilverStar, Sun Peaks and Big White have all stayed out of the multi-resort passes. The other non-Ikon Powdr mountains besides SilverStar are pretty small – Boreal, Soda Springs, Lee Canyon and Woodward PC.

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      • Hula Hoop April 28, 2020 / 5:59 pm

        I’m guessing if mt rose ever goes with someone which prob won’t happen lee canyon will join the ikon pass. Also if lee canyon joined ikon would have control over the Vegas area.

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  5. David April 28, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    Love this! A lot of hate on reddit, they act like Mt Bachelor got bought out but nothing happened with ownership.

    Big win for PNW Ikon skiiers (and getting our Mountain friends to come out to Bachelor with us now).

    I doubt Bachelor suddenly becomes super busy all of a sudden.

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    • Carson April 28, 2020 / 7:10 pm

      You share about that, when ikon bought solitude it went from loading on the lift immediately to major crowds making it about 20 minutes to load or even 40 minutes, the parking went from free to paid parking

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      • skitheeast April 28, 2020 / 7:46 pm

        The difference there is that Solitude went unlimited on Ikon and is located within 1.5 hours of 2.2 million people whereas Mt. Bachelor is limited in terms of days and in a metro area 1/13th the size. If Mt. Bachelor had gone unlimited Ikon to lure more Portland skiers to buy an Ikon over a Timberline/Mt. Hood Meadows pass, it would be a different story. This keeps the regular skiers at their existing mountains in Oregon and only lures in more destination skiers, which the mountain definitely has the capacity for.

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        • Cameron Halmrast April 28, 2020 / 9:28 pm

          Mt. Bachelor was on the MAXX PASS 3 seasons ago and it never seemed to be busier than usual. The majority of people who will go with IKON this year are those that have typically bought Mt. Bachelor’s 4 or 12 pack season pass products.

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      • Ryan Murphy April 29, 2020 / 2:00 pm

        As someone who had season passes at Soli between 2009-2014, and has been back periodically on Maxx and Ikon, I honestly haven’t seen a big increase in traffic. Parking was always a pain, and sunshine bowl has always been a disaster.

        And yes, before someone asks, multiple pow days when I’ve been back, including a 3′ day. Still low crowds.

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