The 2022-23 Ultimate Utah Season Pass Guide
With the recent cold snap giving the tops of nearby peaks a dusting of white, thoughts naturally turn to the upcoming ski season and the hope that the Farmer’s Almanac is spot on in its prediction that this will be a banner snow year beginning with a heavy snowfall the third week of October! You can access the entire season’s predictions for about $10/year, giving you a leg-up on planning the days to visit PC or, if you’re local, when the “Powder Flu” might hit your household.
Getting Geared Up
One of the best parts of preparing for the upcoming season actually starts this month, with an impressive slate of ski swaps scheduled throughout the Wasatch Back and in the Salt Lake Valley. The locals’ favorite Park City Ski & Snowboard Swap is traditionally held in November, and though they haven’t posted their dates yet, you can stay in-the-know for all the swaps by bookmarking the following Ski Utah page: https://www.skiutah.com/resources/utah-ski-swap
Local Resort Rundown
Season: Dec. 3, 2022 – April 16, 2023 (conditions permitting)
My family’s wintertime home base, Deer Valley Resort, continues to be one of the highest-rated resorts in the U.S. We enjoy the “Deer Valley Difference,” which extends to all corners of the resort in terms of customer service, dining, caliber of runs and lodging.
With it’s “Deer Locals” passes, Deer Valley Resort provides opportunity for qualifying Utah residents to still be able to hit the famous corduroy slopes at significant savings:
|PASS NAME||PRICE BEFORE THE OCTOBER PRICE DEADLINE**||PER DAY PRICING||PURCHASE|
|Adult 5 Pass
(Valid 7 days per week, subject to holiday blackouts)
|Adult Midweek 5 Pass (Monday – Friday)||$525||$105||BUY NOW|
|Young Adult 5 Pass (13-22)||$560||$112||BUY NOW|
|Child 5 Pass (5-12)||$405||$81||BUY NOW|
Full Season Passes are outlined in the table below:
|PASS NAME||Before October 2022 Price Increase Deadline||Deer Valley Season Pass + IKON Pass||Deer Valley Season Pass + IKON Base Pass|
|Adult (23-64 years)||$2,675||$2,975||$2,924|
|Senior (65+ years)||$1,995||$2,295||$2,244|
|Young Adult (13-22 years)||$1,655||$1,955||$1,904|
|Child (5-12 years)||$750||$1,050||$999|
|Military Season Pass||$1,875||$2,175||$2,124|
|Tot Season Pass (4 and under)||$185||$485||$434|
For the second year, Deer Valley is offering “First Tracks” on specific Wednesdays, allowing season pass holders to access the mountain 30 minutes early on Jan. 25, Feb. 15, and March 22, 2023. Three additional First Tracks days are scheduled for both Deer Valley and IKON season pass holders on Jan. 11, Feb. 8, and March 1, 2023.
Season Pass holders also receive discounts on Friends & Family passes that can be redeemed online, a Monday-Friday complimentary day ticket at Alta, Brighton, and Snowbird, discounts at Deer Valley-owned restaurants and retail outlets, and a complimentary 2023 Summer Season Pass if a 22/23 Full Season Pass is purchased before October deadline.
Another option is the Mid-Week Season Pass, with access Monday through Friday (excluding 12/26/2022 – 1/2/2023) for just $1,465 before the October deadline.
The Ikon Pass also offers days of skiing at Deer Valley, along with other local resorts like Snowbasin, Snowbird, and Alta, with more info available at ikonpass.com.
To purchase passes or learn more, click here.
Opening Date: Nov. 18, 2022
New for the upcoming ski season, Park City will limit daily lift ticket sales to prioritize the mountain experience for guests – a practice Deer Valley Resort has long implemented at their resort. Season Passholders will not be affected by this limit, nor will their benefit tickets, including Ski with a Friend and Buddy tickets. New amenities are also being rolled out for the season, including a new ski beach stretching from the Red Pine Gondola to the Orange Bubble Express featuring heated sidewalks, fire pits and seating areas.
With a Season Pass discount available until October 7, 2022, now is the time to lock in Epic Pass prices online by clicking here. Pass options include the full Epic Pass, with no holiday blackout dates and access to all Vail Resorts-owned properties for $879 for ages 13 and older, and $448 for children ages 5-12 (there is no teen option, unlike the Epic Local Pass). The Epic Local Pass, which excludes holidays (though half-price day passes are available for blacked-out dates), is $655 for ages 19 and older, $530 for teens ages 13-18, and $311 for children. The Park City Youth Pass – with no blackout dates, but good only at Park City Mountain and not at other Vail Resorts – is $352 for kids ages 5-12. Kids four and younger are eligible for a free Epic pass – just go to any ticket window and they’ll hook you up.
One of the best values, especially for visitors who book in advance, is the multi-day Epic Passes, ranging from one to seven days, which is good at most Vail resorts in the U.S. and at Whistler/Blackcomb, and start at $99 for one day for skiers ages 13 and older, and $50 for one day for children ages 5-13. For every day added, the price per day decreases, with the daily price for the seven-day pass just $83 ($579 total), but do note that holidays are excluded.
Benefitting active duty and retired military who served at least 20 years, the Epic Military Pass is just $155, and includes all dependents.
All passes offer 20% discounts on food, retail, lessons and rentals, plus seven days of unrestricted skiing or snowboarding at both Snowbasin and Sun Valley for full Epic Pass holders (Epic Local Pass holders receive two days with restricted dates).
Now a part of the Park City winter sport fabric, Woodward is located along I-80 between Kimball Junction and Summit Park, and offers a small-mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders, with half-pipe and park access, plus lessons that typically cost less than at the larger resorts. While they haven’t yet included their 2022-23 winter operations info online, keep an eye on their site for info coming out soon!
Snowbird Opening Date: to be announcedAlta Opening Date: Nov. 18, 2022
With terrain that challenges both newbies and expert skiers and boarders, Snowbird is a favorite among many dyed-in-the-wool powderhounds but can be accessed from Park City in less than an hour’s drive time.
This year, Snowbird is promising to plant a tree for every pass sold. In conjunction with One Tree Planted, they’ve engaged in tree-planting efforts in national parks throughout the U.S.
There’s a pass for everyone at Snowbird, including the all-in Summit Pass with no blackout dates (see prices below), the Ten-2-Share Pass with 10 days of unlimited access to the Tram and chairlifts for $699 (can be shared with family and friends), the Flex-4 Tix for four days of unlimited skiing/riding for $449 (perfect for trying out the mountain), or the Mountain Collective Pass for two days at each of 24 destinations for $579 for adults.
|Summit Pass Type||2021-22 Pass Price|
|Summit Senior (65+)||$959|
|Summit Young Adult (19-25)||$959|
|Summit College/Medical Resident/Military||$959|
|Summit Teen (13-18)||$569|
|Summit Youth (7-12)||$379|
|Summit 6 & Under||$69|
|Summit 4-Pack (2 adults + 2 kids 18 & under)||$2,599|
|Pricing is tax exclusive – tax rate of 7.25% not including Ikon Bass Pass add-on benefit.|
|Prices and benefits are valid through September 28, 2022.|
The Alta-Bird pass is also a great way for skiers (no snowboarders allowed at Alta) to experience the best of both iconic resorts, with prices as follows:
|Alta-Bird Pass Type||2021-22 Pass Price|
|Alta-Bird Senior (65+)||$1,649|
|Alta-Bird Young Adult (18-25)||$1,649|
|Alta-Bird Teen (13-17)||$1,009|
|Alta-Bird Youth (7-12)||$729|
|Alta-Bird 6 & Under||$169|
|Alta-Bird 4-Pack (2 adults + 2 kids 17 & under)||$3,899|
|Pricing is tax exclusive – tax rate of 7.25% not including Ikon Base add-on benefit.|
|Prices and benefits are valid through September 28, 2022.|
You read that right! Ski Utah has decided to outdo themselves and their amazing youth passport by expanding it to include 4th grade, and providing every grade with three days at each of Utah’s 15 resorts for just $49! In previous years, 5th graders received three days, and 6th graders received just one day at each resort (still an amazing value), but to extend it means so many more young skiers and riders will get the chance to experience more terrain than ever before. They’ve also added an online pass usage/availability tracker, and definitely keep in mind that there are holiday restrictions at all resorts for the week between Christmas and New Year’s, MLK weekend, and President’s weekend. If you have kids in grades 4-6 like I do, I recommend you make this year one for the books by also getting the Ski Utah Yeti Pass for $669 for yourself, which provides one ticket at each of Utah’s 15 resorts to help you introduce your kiddo to the breadth of resort offerings across Utah.
The Yeti Pass can also help you explore the other easily-accessible resorts in Northern Utah, which include Beaver, Brian Head, Brighton, Cherry Peak, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Powder Mountain, Solitude, Sundance, and Snowbasin. Ski Utah helps you break down all the passes, including which resorts are part of which collective, here.
Utah’s fabled “Greatest Snow on Earth” is one of the many reasons so many people Choose Park City. Connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here to learn about the many mountain properties providing easy access to each of the state’s resort communities.