All Ikon Pass destinations are bucket list–worthy—many boasting mind-blowing scenery that’s as iconic as it is selfie-worthy. With immediately recognizable mountains, legendary landmarks, and painting-worthy ranges, here’s a list of the top 10 Ikon Pass views and selfie spots across the planet.
Classic alpine scenery is great, but when you combine snow-covered rock with crystal-blue water, the image is incomparable. Ride up Lakeview Chair at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to score a legendary Tahoe selfie—face west to capture Lake Tahoe’s shores, or face east for a stunning Sierra Crest backdrop.
When skiing or riding Mammoth Mountain, , jump at the chance to grab a pic with the jagged Minaret peaks. Hands-down, the best place to soak in the 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is under the 19-foot Mammoth Mountain summit sign—which often gets completely buried in snow.
With the Continental Divide and Parry Peak as a backdrop, you’re sure to get a Winter Park Resort pic that’s so surreal your friends will think you were edited in. Take the Panoramic lift to the top of Parsenn Bowl Territory, the resort’s highest peak at nearly 12,000 feet, for a holiday card–worthy snap—no Photoshop required.
The Maroon Bells
Grab a snowy selfie with Aspen Snowmass’ Maroon Bells—the most-photographed peaks in North America. From the Patrol Headquarters deck on Aspen Highlands, you’ll have a perfect view of the Bells and the surrounding fourteeners. If you’re on Snowmass, you’ll have another prime photo-op from the top of the Elk Camp chairlift.
The Wasatch Mountains
Make a Snowbird mountain memory that will last a lifetime. On a clear day, Hidden Peak—located just steps away from the Aerial Tram—provides a 360-degree view of the Wasatch Mountains, along with a bird’s eye view looking back down into the Salt Lake Valley.
Visit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for unobstructed views of the illustrious Teton Range. For the best view, ride to the top of the Bridger Gondola adjacent—there you’ll see the entire Jackson Hole valley, Rendezvous Mountain with Corbet’s Couloir, and the Aerial Tram summit looming in the background.
The Pacific Northwest is synonymous with one signature, snowy icon: Mt. Rainier. Summit Crystal Mountain in the Mt. Rainier Gondola to snap a selfie with the Cascade Range and Washington’s most legendary peak in the background. This sweeping view never gets old and makes the perfect setting for any family photo or holiday card.
Banff National Park
When you get to SkiBig3, head up the North American Chair at Mt. Norquay to snag a shot with the best lookout in Banff National Park. Once you have your perfect pic, don’t worry about the steep run descending back to base—chairlift downloads are available for all.
If you have a chance to make it to Niseko United on Japan’s island of Hokkaido, hike to Mt. Annupuri peak for a once-in-a-lifetime selfie with the majestic volcano, Mt. Yotei, and the Sea of Japan. Then drop down into a sea of Niseko’s famous powder and sail back to the start.
For boundless backcountry, untouched terrain, and private powder stashes in every direction, a heli-ski trip with CHM Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures is a must. These unforgettable journeys offer iconic views as far as the eye can see.
Hit the Road
This story features destinations included in the:
- Colorado Winter Road Trip
- California Winter Road Trip
- Northwest Winter Road Trip
- Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure
- Utah Winter Road Trip
- Lake Tahoe Winter Getaway
Check out these itineraries to start planning your next mountain adventure.