Telluride Ski Resort joins Vail Resorts’ lineup for Epic Pass |

Telluride Ski Resort joins Vail Resorts’ lineup for Epic Pass

Summit Daily staff report

Less than a week after the newly formed Alterra Mountain Company unveiled its Ikon Pass — which includes almost two-dozen resorts across North America — Telluride Ski Resort has announced it’s joining Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass lineup for the 2018-19 ski season.

According to USA Today, the Ikon Pass will feature access to five of the top 10 ski resorts in North America, ranked by ZRankings, while Vail Resort’s Epic Pass had included four.

Vail Resorts closed the gap with Monday’s announcement, however, as Telluride was the only remaining resort ranked in the top 10 and not committed to either company’s pass, but that has since changed.

The addition also raises the number of mountain resorts covered by Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass to 46 total, including Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada, and Park City, Utah, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.

“Telluride is excited to join the Epic Pass and a collection of world-class mountain resorts that skiers and snowboarders around the world come back to time and again,” CEO for Telluride Ski and Golf Bill Jensen said in a prepared statement. “This new season pass alliance is more comprehensive and longer term than prior pass alliances and will provide an incredible benefit for both Telluride guests and our resort community.”

As a result of the change, Epic Pass holders will be able to skip the ticket window and ski or ride Telluride for seven days without any blackout dates. Lift tickets after the seven days can be purchased for half-price.

Telluride season pass holders and Telluride Ski and Golf Club members with full winter benefits will also receive 50 percent off lift tickets at all Vail Resorts-owned mountains.

In contrast, the new Ikon Pass that’s to go on sale for the first time this spring will work at 23 resorts in nine states and three Canadian provinces, according to Alterra, which has not released any details regarding possible restrictions or pricing information.

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