Like many in the Ikon Pass community, if you’ve been dreaming about the mountains, the open road becomes a welcome means to an end this winter. Whether you are home mountain bound or planning a series of intrepid rambles – an Ikon Pass connects open spaces and endless adventure across regions packed with unique destinations. From California to Colorado, Utah or the Northeast, now is the time to start planning how you’ll ride in 20/21.

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OPEN ROAD. 

Imagine it… 

Vast blue sky fills the dashboard horizon.

As the city dwindles in the taillights – exchanging tall buildings for towering peaks – you turn up the volume on the recently finished playlist and settle into cruise control. It’s time for another new adventure with the same old, beloved crew. Looking back, you’ve been planning this since September, drafting itineraries, collecting gear, calling friends, aligning dates. Finally, the road trip is here. 

HOW TO ROAD TRIP:

  • Itinerary BasicsWith an Ikon Pass unlocking so many destinations in densely packed regions, there are many options to choose from. As you start to build out your trip, be sure to balance time away from home, time on the road, and time on the slopes. Take into consideration where you’ll be sleeping, and outline backup options that might come in handy. 
  • Itinerary Fun: When the road represents a blank slate, you can fill it with any and all types of fun. Carve out time for roadside attractions and keep an eye out for regional cuisines you’ve always wanted to try. 
  • Prep your Ride: Successful road trips are all about the journey, and making it easy on yourself along the way. This means it’s essential to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the ride. Top off all fluids, cover off on maintenance, and any necessary carry snow traction equipment.
  • Get Comfortable: Tunes, snacks, games; these easy to enable niceties keep the miles moving while helping the crew to find their road-ready groove. Designate food responsibilities to those skilled in culinary escapades, work on a playlist, and assign games to the friend who can’t stop laughing.  
  • Plan for Maximum Flexibility: The word Adventure is defined by a certain amount of unknown. Discuss the potential need for backup plans with everyone and identify what options are on the table ahead of time. If plan A takes a turn, plan B can keep the good times moving.  

OPEN SPACES. 

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  • California: Connecting 4 powder-power-house destinations, there are vast amounts of both skiable territory and open road to explore in California. Leave the congested Los Angeles scene and head towards a dense collection of So Cal jewels. Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, and Big Bear Resort are all ripe for road trip rambles. Closer to the bay area, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow’s immense open spaces are worth a road trip all their own. Seek sunshine and snowy stashes of solitude off of Mammoth’s backside at Santiago Bowl. Or try on some of the sparsely populated (yet expert only) 2,000 feet of vertical at SVAM’s KT-22.  
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  • Colorado: With 6 destinations that span several ranges, a road trip through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is truly a unique experience. From the pinnacle heights of A-Basin to the diverse territories of Winter Park, and the enchanting western atmosphere and Champagne Powder™ of Steamboat. From the elevated experiences at Aspen Snowmass and Copper Mountain, to the front range’s finest at Eldora, every road in Colorado leads directly to clean mountain air and buckets upon buckets of adventure. With so many places to seek adventure, carve out time to explore the wide-open spaces of Winter Park’s Parsenn Bowl, Steamboat’s Christmas Tree Bowl, Highland Bowl at Aspen, and A-Basin’s Montezuma Bowl.
  • Utah: Rich in deep dry, light snow and home to 5 of the best destinations on the Ikon Pass, Utah plays right into a road-trippers dream scenario. Draw a line between Alta, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton, and Deer Valley in order to unlock a full season worth of mountain memories. This winter tree skiing pairs perfectly with social distancing. So – pending your skills – make sure to duck into X Files and Ontario Bowl at Deer Valley for some solo styling. 
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  • The Northeast: Densely dotted with 8 destinations for road trip roaming, the wild Northeast landscapes are good for the soul. Plan several road trips and explore all that the pristine wilderness has to offer, with trips that connect Stratton, Killington – Pico, Sugarbush Resort, Snowshoe Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon Mountain, and newly added Windham Mountain. Obviously, there’s a ton of terrain to explore. But this winter might be a good time for some socially distanced skiing in the infamous Castlerock Glades at Sugarbush. 

OPEN SEASON. 

Celebrate the belief that the best adventure is the next adventure. Winter 20/21 is getting geared up, and so is the Ikon Pass community. Now is the time to start calling the crew and dialing into what awaits. Setting aside some time to explore the open road will likely be a critical element to adventure this season. Locking in an Ikon Pass can help turn road-tripping dreams into a road-ready reality.

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