This is the new pass that the Aspen/KSL/Intrawest group now known as Alterra (although Aspen stayed separate) will be offering and it will replace the Max Pass. They will still participate in Mountain Collective. Thoughts?
The big questions to me are how many days at each resort you get for the Maxx replacement. If you had one of these areas as you home mt that would make the season pass a compelling thing thought - Killington pass holders will be pretty happy I think. Great selection of resorts with the LCC resorts though its odd that Deer Valley owns Solitude and didn't include it in this pass. I've always wanted to go to Mammoth.
My next thought is what happened to the Maxx pass resorts that didn't sign up for this? Orda after one season drops out - that doesn't make much sense to me. They finally hooked up on a way to get more business and also reward their pass holders with a way to buy the Maxx upgrade and its now over?
Boyne and Powdr resorts also hooking up on this lay the ground work for another buy out or link up.
The noticeable other area to drop from the Maxx is Okemo which I have long thought makes perfect sense to be bought by Vail / Epic - look for an announcement on that happening soon I think before they start selling passes for next year.
Its also Decidedly lacking in Canada so something else might be a brewing for those resorts
I also think that their names are seriously lacking - Allterra previously was a the name of a pest control company and Altria spelled differently but pronounced the same is the name of one of the largest tabbacco companies in the world. Ikon is also pretty week but from a marketing stand point "EPIC" is so fricking good they felt like it needed to be 4 letters and catchy. I think they kind of wiffed. Pow Pass would have been much better.
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Oh man this news stinks. RIP Warren Miller and RIP Maxx Pass in the same day? We opted not to do the Maxx Pass this year but we were planning on it for next year. Serious bummer. Glad we did it last year and got good use out of it.
The big questions to me are how many days at each resort you get for the Maxx replacement. If you had one of these areas as you home mt that would make the season pass a compelling thing thought - Killington pass holders will be pretty happy I think. Great selection of resorts with the LCC resorts though its odd that Deer Valley owns Solitude and didn't include it in this pass.
From the start, it was pretty clear that Solitude would be kept out of Alterra. Caters to quite a different market than the Alterra resorts and the Ikon partners. I also noticed that Snowbasin will not be in Ikon, although may well stay in the MCP.
Since I want to go to Big Sky next season, the Ikon is sounding pretty good to me. More useful than the MAX Pass given that I don't live in the northeast.
So MAX Pass included 5 days at each location. Maybe only 4 at partner resorts for Ikon Pass holders? Or one tier that includes 3 days and a higher price for 5 days?
Except there are plenty of intermediates, and even some northeast advanced skiers, who are scared of more than a few inches of fresh powder. Need them to pay for resort lodging and then stay on the groomers during a powder storm.
I'm hoping that the unlimited version of this won't break the bank. I bought a max pass add on for Killington and Tremblant when I'm at school and Stratton and Windham when I'm at home. Windham goes but Stratton stays. I'd be willing to give up the other mountains for a pass unlimited at K and Tremblant. It certainly won't be significantly different than the Epic Pass as it has to compete with that.
I think they're doing NY Metro residents a huge disservice by dropping Mountain Creek, Windham, and Belleayre. Nowhere near as many of those people will buy this as bought the Max Pass.
I agree Okemo is getting bought by Vail and Windham probably will also.
I think we'll also see some of the Max Pass mountains go to Mountain Collective and that should include the orda mountains.