Alterra Mountain Company releases price of new Ikon ski pass

This Oct. 29, 2011 photo courtesy of Chandler Burgess for Killington Resort shows a skier on the slopes during opening day at Killington Resort, Vt. Visitors to Vermont's ski country may be surprised to find some restaurants and stores boarded up in the valley town near Mount Snow _ one of the communities hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene_ but the skiing and riding will be the same.   (AP Photo/Killington Resort, Chandler Burgess)
–Chandler Burgess / Killington Resort via AP, File

DENVER (AP) — A ski company that owns resorts from Quebec to Colorado says it will cost between $599 and $899 for a pass granting access to 26 resorts across North America.

Denver-based Alterra Mountain Company announced Thursday that the cheaper version of the new Ikon Pass will offer unlimited access to eight resorts and restricted access to 18 others. The more expensive version will offer unlimited access to a dozen resorts and restricted access to 14 others.

The Ikon Pass includes resorts in nine states and four Canadian provinces and is expected to rival Vail Resorts’ popular Epic Pass, which offers skiers access to more than a dozen resorts in three countries.

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The dueling multi-resort passes are the latest sign of a consolidating ski industry.