For the upcoming ski season, there are a number of great money-saving deals for skiers and riders of all ages. With a variety of season passes and multi-day tickets, it can be confusing to sort out all of them. But whether you just want to ski in New England or have continental or global travel on your agenda, you can find a season pass that suits your needs.
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The Epic Pass, for use at all Vailowned resorts, has three resorts in New England. Vail acquired Stowe prior to last season and has just added Okemo and Mount Sunapee to its list of areas across the country and internationally. The pass has many options, with the most comprehensive one giving access to 65 resorts in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Of interest to New England skiers is that the pass offers unlimited skiing and riding at Mount Sunapee, Okemo and Stowe as well as at many Western resorts. Jeff Wise, communications director at Stowe, said, “We’re very happy to be welcoming new and returning Epic Pass holders to Stowe. The pass was very well-received here last season and we look forward to adding even more value to Northeastern residents by adding Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.” For a complete list of the various types of passes, go to www.epicpass.com.
The Ikon Pass and the Ikon Base Pass, offered by Alterra Mountain Company, includes 36 destination resorts across North America, Australia and Japan. Both passes have access to the same destinations, but the Ikon Pass has unlimited skiing and riding at 14 resorts and seven days of access at the others. In the Northeast, skiers and riders can enjoy seven-day privileges at Killington and Sugarbush in Vermont, New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain, and Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine. Stratton Mountain in Vermont is the only New England area with unlimited access. The Base Pass operates the same way except that the New England resorts, including Stratton, have just five days of skiing, and there are certain blackout dates. However, if you like to ski different areas in northern New England and maybe take a week’s vacation out west, or in Japan or Australia, one of these might be the pass for you. For more detailed information, visit www.ikonpass.com.
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