Vail Resorts Raises Epic Pass Price for 2022-23 Season, But Still Cheaper Than Ikon Pass

Vail Resorts has raised the price of an Epic Pass for the 2022-23 ski season by 7%, but it will remain considerably cheaper than rival Ikon Pass, according to pricing information released by Vail Resorts on Monday.

The Epic Pass for next season retails for $841, while the Ikon Pass is $1,079. The Epic Local pass is $626; the comparable Ikon Base pass is $769. Alterra Mountain Company announced pricing for its Ikon Pass on March 3.

This time last year, Vail Resorts announced it was cutting prices by 20% for the 2021-22 Epic pass, but in the early weeks of the season many skiers and snowboarders complained the company had “oversold” packages. Critics said limited early-season snow, compounded by understaffing, caused long lift lines and crowded slopes.

The Epic Pass currently on sale is still $138 less than the Epic Pass price from two years ago.

Last week, Vail Resorts announced it would raise its minimum wage from $5 to $20 an hour to address staffing issues. The company previously announced an “additional $175 million investment” in its employees and $300 million in capital improvements for next season, including 21 new lifts at 14 of its 37 resorts. In Colorado, this will include a new bowl experience at Keystone, a new lift at Sun Down Bowl in Vail, an upgraded lift at Game Creek Bowl in Vail, and a new lift at Breckenridge.

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Richard L. Militello