An abrupt halt to the 2019-2020 ski season left many resort pass holders out of luck—and understandably hesitant to launch into a pass purchase for the 2020-2021 season. So, here's a little good news.

Credits

For folks left with an unused Epic pass, Park City Mountain parent company, Vail Resorts, is offering credits, ranging from 20 percent to 80 percent (based on the price of the pass), for season pass holders. Said credits may be applied to the purchase of a 2020-2021 season pass by Sept. 7, 2020. Deer Valley Resort season pass holders are eligible for a 20% discount on a 2020-2021 season pass; DV's Locals Only pass holders can transfer any unused days on their pass to the 2020-2021 season (be sure to visit the Snow Park Ticket Office first). 

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Insurance

In an effort to alleviate some of the uncertainty of purchasing a 2020-2021 season pass, both Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company (Deer Valley Resort's corporate entity), are offering the equivalent of free pass insurance. Deer Valley Resort delivers what it calls "Adventure Assurance" and Park City Mountain ties into Vail's "Epic Coverage." In all cases (Epic, Ikon, DV), if something like a job loss or pandemic prevents use of ski pass, the resort/company offers a refund.

Both Alterra's Ikon and Vail's Epic have a range of products and discounts, plus payment plans to help ease snow-lovers onto the slopes. Of note: Ikon (which recently added Mt. Bachelor to its family) offers double renewal savings through the now-extended deadline of May 26, 2020; prices go up the next day.