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Welcome to the season of YEWWW. Photo: Ikon Pass


The Inertia

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Editor’s Note: This feature is presented by our partners at Ikon Pass.


It 👏 All 👏 Starts 👏 Now 👏. Winter is at hand and perfect flakes of white gold are currently blanketing mountains around the world. The stage is set with over 50 of the best destinations on the globe. It’s time to Do YEWWW with mile-high stoke for first laps, last chair, and everything in between.

Cool temps and timely snow kicked off some of the earliest openings ever, with at least seven Ikon Pass destinations spinning lifts since early November – Winter Park Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, Ski Big 3, and Zermatt Matterhorn all answered the call of early-season snow.

Of note, California, Utah, and the Rockies all clocked solid November snowfall. With bases built with these burly totals, you have a standing invitation to embrace a full season of send. Check out your mountain’s opening date here and get stoked for all the fun that awaits. With a season like this, the only question is: how many days will you stack this winter?

Winter Park Opens for Ikon Pass

Winter Park’s spooky opening day – October 31st. Photo: Ikon Pass

RING IN THE HOLIDAZE

Resorts are magical during the holidays, blanketed in white with twinkly lights beaming through the night. It’s a time when many have a break from work and make it a priority to spend time with families and friends while making the most of the holiday season.

To prepare for this magical time, consider using Ikon Pass Travel to explore trips and accommodations. As an exclusive benefit to Ikon Pass holders, this service pulls back the curtain at each destination. Seamlessly browse airfare, hotels, and activities across mountains. Then, build out your own à la carte adventures and book online, or utilize global destination experts to compare destinations, pick from packages, and claim the best prices. For your crew, easy just got awesome.

Of course, being part of a tight-knit crew means helping each other out along the way. That’s why it’s easier this year to bring the crew along for the adventure. Throughout 2022-2023 – included with your many Ikon Pass benefits – pass holders get up to 10 Friends & Family discounted lift tickets that can be used for up to 25 percent off of the window rate at participating destinations. For holiday planning purposes, it is important to note: Ikon Base Pass Friends & Family discounts are not available for use during holiday blackouts. However, the full Ikon Pass does not include blackout windows and can be used anytime. Either way, it’s now easier than ever to share the stoke as these discounts can be shared digitally from pass holder accounts and sent directly to friends and family. Bonus points: your friends can kindly pick up the après tab, and the moments you share will last forever.

Powder day for Ikon Pass

Seek new heights with old friends when you use your Friends & Family discount. Photo: Ikon Pass.

With plans in-hand and everyone equipped to ride, your team will be ready for every moment of holiday mountain magic. For a couple of thought starters, check out these five holiday events, or research your favorite mountains to see what they have in store for December.

– Take a magical walk through Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display brought to you by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, opening December 18.

– Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Light Up Snow Cat parade at Steamboat. Featuring Steamboat Snow Sports Instructors performing synchronized skiing while illuminated only by the light of torches, this special evening culminates with a parade of fireworks lighting up the sky while welcoming another winter season.

– At Utah’s newest Ikon Pass destination, Snowbasin, pair a unique celebratory dinner buffet with VIP access to holiday festivities. Enjoy exclusive access to Earl’s Lodge, a private viewing section for the torchlight parade, and reserved seating for Christmas movies in the Huntington Room of Earl’s Lodge. But, jack be nimble, jack be quick – reservations are required and are expected to sell out prior to the event.

– Soak in the wintery, decked-out scene at Stratton. Featuring an entire week dedicated to holiday magic, you’ll find festivities specifically for kids, a visit from Santa, sunrise snowshoe hikes, fireside yoga, ski demos, fireworks, and even Stratton’s 60th birthday celebration.

– For another New England treat, mark your calendars for Sunday River’s Santa Sunday, taking place December 4. Join hundreds of Santas as they shred the slopes from open to close. At the last event, the in-hand donations made by pre-registered Santas helped raise over $3,000 for the River Fund – a non-profit organization that supports youth education and recreation in the Bethel area.

Snowcat Parade for Ikon Pass

Steamboat’s Snowcat Parade on New Year’s Eve. Photo: Ikon Pass

NEW NAMES – FRESH FOR YEWWW

Beyond the holiday cheer, Ikon Pass has welcomed seven brand new destinations to its growing family of iconic landscapes, all so that you can make winter days with the crew your go-to for fun. So, pull out the map, give notice to your boss, romantic partner, parents – or whoever needs to hear it – and get ready to slay the scene at Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley in France, Lotte Arai in Japan, Idaho’s Sun Valley, Snowbasin in Utah, Panorama and Sun Peaks in British Columbia, and Andorra’s Grandvarila Resorts. With all these fresh names and new landscapes, your bug to travel just got bigger.

Now is the time to throw some serious stoke onto the winter of YEWWW. With over 50 destinations worldwide, adventure lives everywhere you want to be. The question is now, where won’t you go?

From $309 adult, claim your pass today. The final day to buy is December 8.

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