The Epic Local Pass Provides Unlimited Access to Afton Alps and Free Skiing Out West for the 2016-2017 Season

08 March 2016
  • The Epic Local Pass offers skiers and snowboarders an amazing value, with unlimited use at Afton Alps and access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood for $609
  • Every Afton Alps child’s pass is an Epic Local Pass, so kids automatically have access out West
HASTINGS, Minn. – March 8, 2016 – Today, Afton Alps announced that passes for the 2016-2017 season to the Twin Cities’ premier ski and snowboard resort are now on sale, including the option for unlimited access locally, as well as free skiing out West. There is no other pass that provides everyday access to Afton Alps as well as eight world-class ski resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge in Colorado, and Park City in Utah.
The Epic Local Pass is ideal for those looking to ski or snowboard locally as well as hit the slopes out West. For $609, pass holders are allowed unlimited, unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Afton Alps, as well as Vail Resorts’ iconic western destinations including Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions in Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. It also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. In addition, every child’s pass to Afton Alps is an Epic Local Pass ($309 for ages five to 12) meaning  the kids in the family automatically have access out West. 
“The Epic Local Pass offers families from Minneapolis and St. Paul the ability to spend their weekends skiing or snowboarding together at Afton Alps, where they start to get a taste of the Vail Resorts experience – great guest service, new facilities, world-class instruction and attention to the little things,” said Joe Yasis, general manager of Afton Alps. “With every kid receiving an Epic Local Pass, it just makes sense, if you’re planning to ski out West, for the parents to buy Epic Local Passes as well.”
The Myers family of Stillwater, Minn. can attest to that fact. “We love to ski together,” says mother of two Ann Myers. “Our Epic Passes made it possible for us to ski all season long at our home hill of Afton Alps. Plus, we were able to take a family vacation to Colorado to ski at Vail. Because we were basically skiing for free out West, we didn’t have to choose one or the other.”
From Afton Alps’ newly remodeled Children’s Learning Center to the iconic destinations of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah, the largest resort in the U.S.; or Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Minnesota families have the opportunity to experience “Where Epic Begins.”

In addition to the Epic Local Pass, other pass options for the 2016-17 season include:
  • The Epic Pass: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $809. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding out West. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia for the 2017 season there; Afton Alps; Mt. Brighton in Michigan;  and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. No restricted dates. Children’s passes are $409.
  • The Epic 7-Day: Ideal for guests planning to ski seven days out West throughout the winter season; $609 for adults and $309 for children (ages five to 12). Ski or ride a total of seven unrestricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Tahoe, plus seven days at Afton Alps.
  • The Epic 4-Day: Optimal for guests planning one ski vacation out West during the 2016-2017 winter season; $399 for adults and $229 for children (ages five to 12). Ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, and four days at Afton Alps. This pass pays for itself in just over two days out West and offers a savings of over 35 percent compared to lift tickets. And, for a little over $1,200, a family of four can ski or ride for four days at the world’s best ski resorts.
  • Afton Alps Pass: For those who plan to ski or ride solely at Afton Alps, there is the Afton Alps Pass. At $429, pass holders receive unlimited access to Afton Alps with no restrictions. A discounted rate is also offered for seniors at $289 and college students for $269.Epic is skiing all season long at Afton Alps as well as skiing the best of Colorado, the best of Utah and the best of Tahoe. For more information, please visit To talk to a season pass expert, call 800-842-8062 or 651-436-5245.
Media Contact:  Molly Steinke, Nemer Fieger, 952-278-3142, 

About Afton Alps
For over 50 years, Afton Alps has delighted Twin Cities’ families as one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations. Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort with nearly 300 skiable acres, 48 trails, 18 lifts, and four terrain parks, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night..,
Afton Alps’ newly remodeled dedicated children’s learning center is like no other ski and snowboard school experience in the Twin Cities. Instructors, facilities and learning terrain are all dedicated solely to teaching kids in a safe, fun, positive atmosphere, with a variety of lesson options for youth of every ability. Accessible, affordable and fun, this big-time resort with a small-town feel has converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains, Afton Alps is truly the place where Epic begins. For more information, please visit Follow Afton Alps on Twitter at @AftonAlpsMN, Instagram at @AftonAlpsMN and on Facebook at

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is
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