SKI TRIP PLANNING
Ski Passes on Sale for 2021-2022
Ski passes are now on sale for next season. The big questions are (1) which pass is the one for you to match your skiing preferences, and (2) where is KOPSC going next year to ski? The good news is that the early purchase/renewal discounts are available into May 18th for the Ikon Pass. The Epic Pass, Indy Pass and Mountain Collective have not yet indicated when prices will increase or if they are limiting the number of passes to be sold for next season.
The KOPSC Ski Trip Planning Committee is working diligently to finalize the club’s trips for the coming season. The target date to announce the destinations, which are not pass-specific, is mid-to-late April.
Several of the tour operators who are working with the STPC are offering the Ikon Pass to our members at the same price posted by Ikon. Anyone who buys the pass through them will receive a credit (amount determined by the type of pass purchased) to be applied toward the price of the trip. If you are interested in learning more about purchasing the Ikon pass through one of these tour operators and the trip credit, please contact us at KOPSC.STPCC@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not familiar with all the ski passes mentioned above – and which US and international resorts are covered by each one – you can check them out at the links below:
What to know about trip insurance
By Rick Bunn, Ski Trip Planning Committee Co-Chair
With the uncertainty of travel for the upcoming ski season, should you purchase travel insurance to reduce the risk of financial loss from a trip cancellation? This year, with the COVID‑19 pandemic threatening to stick around for many months to come, trip insurance may be of particular interest, as it may be more difficult to fill your spot if you cancel. Note that KOPSC does not require that you purchase insurance before going on one of our ski trips; nor do we recommend any particular insurance vendor. This is a personal financial decision. There are varying levels of coverage and cost, and it’s very important to read a policy thoroughly and understand what is and isn’t covered.
So the question that everyone has is: “If my trip is cancelled because of COVID-19, will travel insurance reimburse all the money that I paid for the trip?” The short answer is NO. They may pay nothing or only a percentage of the trip cost. None of the policies that I reviewed offered 100% coverage for trip cancellation due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Where should you go to find more information on travel insurance for the upcoming ski season? Most of our tour operators provide information on policies, as well as AAA and many other major insurance companies. Google it, and you will find more information than you could possibly need! When researching insurance carriers, determine the specific coverage you think you might need.
In addition to understanding specifics of a policy, it is also important to understand the KOPSC cancellation policy for ski trips, including what refunds you may be entitled to. Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may end up with partial refunds and/or credit vouchers that will need to be figured into your insurance claim. For example, if one of our western trips is cancelled, the airline may issue a voucher for a future flight rather than a refund, and the insurance policy most likely will not cover the value of that airline ticket, because you will have received compensation from the airline.
How do you determine what travel insurance policy to purchase? First, determine what goal you are trying to achieve with trip insurance. Calculate your possible loss under different cancellation scenarios. Look for policies that offer coverage in accordance with your goal and request a quote. Be sure the coverage you think you are purchasing is actually spelled out in the policy. Bear in mind that some insurance carriers will require that you purchase coverage within a certain period of time from making your first payment on the trip. The closer to the departure date of your trip, the less likely it is that you will be able to purchase the insurance you desire at a reasonable price.
After all this research, purchase the travel policy that meets your goal and then sit back and wait for snow.
SKI PASSES TO SKI AREAS
The Epic Pass offers access to 59 different ski areas, and the Ikon Pass covers 44 different areas. Both offer unlimited days at core ski areas and 5–7 days at other mountains, depending on the type of pass you buy. The Mountain Collective Pass offers two days at 22 different ski areas and a 50% discount on the daily rate for all additional lift tickets.
Ikon Pass Epic Pass Mountain Collective Pass
Alta/Snowbird, UT Alfton Alps,MN Alta/Snowbird, UT
Arapahoe Basin/Copper Mt, CO Alpine Valley/Mad River Mt, OH Arapahoe Basin, CO
Aspen/Snowmass, CO Attitash/Wildcat, NH Aspen/Snowmass, CO
Big Bear Mt, CA Boston Mills/Brandywine, OH Banff Lake Louise/Sunshine, AB, Canada
Big Sky, MT Breckenridge/Keystone, CO Big Sky, MT
Blue Mt, ON, Canada Crested Butte, CO Chamonix, France
Boyne Mt/Boyne Highlands, MI Fernie/Kinberley, BC Canada Coronet Peak/Remarkables, NZ
Brighton/Solitude Mt, UT Crotched Mt/Mt Sunapee, NH Grand Targhee, WY
Crystal Mt/Snoqualmie, WA Heavenly/Northstar/Kirkwood,.CA Jackson Hole, WY
Cypress Mt., BC, Canada Hidden Valley/Snow Creek, MO Lake Louise, AB, Canada
Deer Valley, UT Hunter Mt, NY Mammoth Mt, CA
Jackson Hole, WY Jack Frost/Big Boulder, PA Mt Buller, Australia
Killington/Pico, VT Kicking Horse, BC, Canada Niseko United, Japan
Lake Louise/Sunshine/Norquay,AB, Canada Liberty/Roundtop/Whitetail, PA Panorama, BC, Canada
Loon Mt, NH Mt Brighton, MI Revelstoke, BC, Canada
Mammoth/June Mt, CA Mt Ste Anne/Stoneham, QC Canada Snowbird, UT
Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada Nakiska, AB, Canada Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA
Revelstoke, BC, Canada Okemo/Mt Snow, VT Sugarbush, VT
Snowshoe, WV Paloi Peaks, IN Sugarloaf, ME
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, CA Park City, UT Sun Peaks, BC, Canada
Steamboat, CO Snowbasin, UT Taos, NM
Stratton/Sugarbush, VT Stevens Pass, WA Thredbo, Australia
Sunday River/Sugarloaf, ME Stowe, VT Valle Nevado, Chile
Taos, NM Sun Valley, ID
Winter Park/Eldora Mt, CO Telluride, CO
Thredbo/Mt. Buller, Australia Vail/Beaver Creek, CO
Valle Nevado, Chile Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, Canada
Niseko United, Japan Wilmot, WI
Coronet Peak/Remarkables/Mt Hutt, NZ Perisher/Falls Creek/Hotham, Australia
Zermatt, Switzerland 11 Resorts in Japan
Indy Pass offers an affordable alternative to the big resorts for the skiers who only get out a few days a season. You get 2 lift days each at 47 independently owned resorts. Passes go on sale in September. See details at
(Chart updated July 2020)