Okay folks. I’m about to pick a totally biased 5 resorts out of 41 world-class resorts on the Ikon Pass for Winter ’19-’20. There’s bound to be some of you who will disagree, but that’s probably why you read a ski blog anyways, right? Here we go with my Top 5 Ski Resorts To Hit Up With Your Ikon Pass.
Do you you like vertical? Do you like powder? Do you like being an all-around badass? Then take that Ikon pass across the border up to Revelstoke this season. The resort boasts the biggest lift-serviced vertical in North America at a whopping 5,620 ft. The resort also averages over 500 inches of snow. Only reason not to go is… THERE ISN’T ONE.
This was an easy pick. “The Legend” is well, legendary. If you’re looking for a true skiing experience, look no further than A-Basin. You won’t find glitzy lodges and accommodations there, but you will find some of the best damn skiing in the rockies. Check out A-Basin’s infamous East Wall to show everybody what you got. Not up for that big of a challenge? No worries. Lap the new Beavers Lift (as of last season), or pick your line off of the Zuma lift. Oh yeah, and enjoy the apres at “The Beach” to cap off a Legendary day.
Hey you fortunate-ass Westerners. I’m here to tell you that skiing in the East is nothing to scoff at. Is there an abundance of powder equal to The Rockies? Well, no. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try skiing in The East. Especially if the resort is on your pass. Why not go big by taking your talents to Killington, or better known as “The Beast”. Killington has the feel of a Western resort with its size and night life. The resort boasts over 3,000 ft. of vertical, 21 lifts, and over 1,500 acres of skiable terrain. If you’re going to have your first experience of skiing the east, try out Killington.
I’m trying to avoid the obvious picks (Mammoth, Squaw, Snowbird, etc.) I feel like New Mexico Skiing is often over-shadowed by those other resorts. But let’s give credit where credit is due. Taos is, undoubtedly, sick. Over 3,000 ft. of vertical and 300″ of annual snowfall… not too shabby if you ask me. Buying an Ikon pass is the excuse you need to trying skiing in New Mexico.
I’m always a fan of resorts that are off the beaten-path. With Mammoth Mountain only 20 minutes down the road, June can often be forgotten. Lucky for you, both June and Mammoth are on the Ikon Pass this year. June doesn’t compare in size to Mammoth, but it is a respectable mountain for a day away from the crowds. If you’re in Mammoth already, why not check out June while you’re at it?