SKI TRIP PLANNING


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Which Ski Pass Is Best for You?

2022-2023 Ski Passes on Sale Now

It looks like KOPSC is going to have an Ikon ski season in 2022-2023. With all four of our western weeklong trips – and one of the eastern weekend trips – being planned at resorts accepting the Ikon pass, it is definitely worth considering, especially if you are thinking of signing up for multiple trips next season. (Destination information will be announced soon!)

 

As the four major ski pass purveyors roll out their passes for the next ski season, you will notice some changes, such as the number of participating mountains, price increases, additional pass options, payment and insurance options, and early purchase discounts. The Indy pass went on sale March 2nd, the Mountain Collective pass on March 10th, and the Ikon pass goes on sale March 15th. At this time, no announcement has been made regarding pricing for the Epic pass or when it will go on sale.

 

Rather than trying to list the various details (cost, participating mountains, restrictions, benefits, etc.) for the various passes here, we recommend clicking on https://www.theavantski.com/post/season-pass-updates for information compiled by Avant Ski to find the information you need to make a decision on which pass would be best for you. The only catch is you have to start planning for your 2022-2023 skiing activities now when you can get the price discounts!

 

Local Ski Passes for 2022-23 Season

If you anticipate that the majority of your skiing will be at local ski areas, you should be on the lookout for those mountains announcing when their passes go on sale. Season passes for Blue Mountain and Camelback are already on sale. If you are a senior (70+), you can get a pass for $70. Last season, that pass was good for both mountains, or you could ski by the day for $10. In looking at their websites, it appears you need to buy a separate pass for each mountain if you plan to ski both. It also looks like the daily senior 70+ lift ticket will not be sold. Deadline to buy the early discount passes is March 31st. Montage has also put their passes for next season on sale with a $100 renewal discount. Jack Frost/Big Boulder and most PA resorts to our west are now owned by Vail Corporation and covered under the Epic pass. Elk Mountain has not posted pass prices as of this date. To gather more information on pass offerings at our local ski areas visit their websites.

Trip Leaders Update

 

Trip leaders have been assigned to all of our 2023 trips at this point. Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for leaders. We definitely appreciate your interest and are keeping a file of all who stepped up and volunteered. We were able to have several new people join the ranks. So please, if you were not asked this time, don’t think you lacked the necessary qualifications. Anyone and everyone who volunteers is qualified! Again, thank you for volunteering!

 

Announcing Next Year’s Ski Destinations!

KOPSC Goes Ikon

 

The Ski Trip Planning Committee has been working hard at putting together a lineup of ski trips for the 2022-2023 ski season. The aim was to have contracts for all weeklong trips in place by mid-March to coincide with the early availability of the four major ski pass entities: Ikon, Indy, Mountain Collective and Epic (see article below on ski passes). The planners have done it! Below are the destinations and dates for all weeklong trips on the schedule.

 

Destination                                                      Dates                                                  

Snowshoe, West Virginia*                              January 19 – 22

Snowmass/Aspen, CO* (EPSC Carnival)      January 28 – February 4

Big Sky, MT*                                                   February 4 – 11

Jay Peak, VT – Bus trip                                  February 12 – 17

Utah – Cottonwood Canyons*                        February 25 – March 4

Val d’Isère, France                                         March 10 – 18

Winter Park, CO*                                            March 30 – April 4

*Accepts Ikon pass

 

The planners are working on finalizing several weekend trips for next year. At the top of the list is Snowshoe, WV – a new destination for the club and another Ikon pass resort.

Important update about Ikon passes:

After much study on the matter, it was decided that it is in the best interest of the membership that the club NOT be a vendor for Ikon Passes. Greater benefits and rewards can be attained by buying them directly through a tour operator. We are recommending using JP Tours since they are handling two of our 2023 trips. The form to request a pass from JP Tours is available at https://forms.gle/tcndmtfCuyMMkJPW6.  Please keep in mind that if you plan to go on the Snowmass or Utah trips, you will need a Base Pass PLUS. Our other Ikon trips will require just the regular Base Pass. Note that *renewal* passes need to be submitted by April 22nd to earn the maximum benefit. You can contact Dave Scott for additional information.

 

Trip details are in the process of being finalized and should be available soon. Keep an eye out for updates in the Flurries and on the Listserv.