Tahoe’s Original Three-Mountain Season Pass Ensures Tahoe’s Best Snow, Most Terrain and Best Value

10 March 2014
  • Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Passes Offer the Most, Simplest Access to the Best of Tahoe Resorts
  • Spring Benefits, including Six Buddy Tickets for friends and family, and Early Rates Guaranteed Until April 13, 2014 with as Little as $49 Down
The Best of Tahoe resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, are back with the region’s most valuable season pass line-up, offering access to the most terrain and best conditions in the region and fewer restrictions than other resorts’ season pass options. Starting at $409 with as little as $49 down and the balance due in the fall, skiers and riders have until April 13 to secure the best available price for winter 2014-15 season passes and six buddy tickets. 
 
“Our commitment to deliver the best snow conditions is unique among Tahoe resorts, and this year we’ve proven that to pass holders.  We look forward to offering the region’s best ski and ride experience for 2014-15,” said Bill Rock, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Northstar California.  “The proof is in the snow.  This winter, guests are enjoying Tahoe’s best conditions and most open terrain—and some of our pass holders have skied 100 days and more than 2,000,000 vertical feet.”  Through Epic Mix, guests can track vertical feet, number of days skied and more. 
 
“Between Heavenly and Northstar’s world-class snowmaking systems and Kirkwood’s well-deserved reputation for receiving the region’s most annual snowfall, pass holders can look forward to a great 2014-15 season,” Rock added. 
 
The Epic Pass, Tahoe Local Pass and Tahoe Value Pass provide access to the region’s three premier resorts—Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood—with the combined 10,270 acres of skiable terrain and three unique resort experiences. Heavenly delivers an unmatched high-energy vibe, Northstar offers Tahoe’s premier luxury experience in a family-friendly atmosphere, and Kirkwood is known for its authentic, big-mountain ski and ride experience.
 
As additional incentive to purchase early, skiers and riders visiting the resorts this spring can turn in their day lift ticket and apply the value of that ticket toward the purchase of a season pass.  Early purchasers also receive six buddy tickets for friends and family to use during winter 2014-15. 
 
Vail Resorts 2014-15 Season Pass Options for Lake Tahoe Skiers and Snowboarders
 
  • The Tahoe Local Pass™: The best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Seven Days a Week. It includes Saturday access at all three resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $459. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for $59 during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in under four days.
 
  • Tahoe Value Pass™: Best for guests who can accommodate a few restrictions. It is available for $409, pays for itself in fewer than four days and is ideal for people who plan to ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for $59 per day.
 
  • The Epic Pass™: Unlimited skiing at every resort all winter for $729. Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 11 resorts including Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood–as well as Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.  No blackout days or restrictions apply.  New for winter 2014-15, Epic Pass purchasers will have access to five complimentary consecutive days at Niseko, Japan–known as one of the snowiest and most celebrated powder skiing resorts in the world.  At this spring rate, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.
 
Pay $49 Down Now and Lock in The Lowest Price Available Now with Six Buddy Tickets
Skiers and riders should purchase their passes for next year now.  Early prices with six discounted single-day lift tickets, or “buddy” tickets, to ski with friends and family are only guaranteed through April 13, 2014. Vail Resorts is making it as easy as possible for guests to lock in these prices with a $49 down payment now with the balance due in mid-September 2014.
 
Season Pass Insurance Option: Protect Your Pass Investment in the Event of an Unexpected Circumstance
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of its pass products are non-refundable. However, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including illness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12). Coverage applies for all season passes valid for the 2014-2015 ski and snowboard season.  For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.
 
Season Pass Auto Renewal Program
The Vail Resorts Season Pass Auto Renewal Program is the most convenient way to automatically renew your season pass every year, while guaranteeing next season’s lowest price. Valid on all Vail Resorts season passes, excluding college and certain senior passes. The program automatically charges $49 down to a credit card each spring, with the remainder charged in the fall for the same product pass holders purchased when initially enrolling in the Auto Renewal Program. Customers must opt-in to the Auto Renewal program and they may cancel their enrollment at any time, prior to the following spring when the $49 down payment is charged.
 
Special Pass Holder Benefits
All Vail Resorts season pass purchasers will receive exclusive offers and promotions on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season. In addition, skiers and riders who purchase their passes this spring will also receive special benefits for summer 2014, including access to sightseeing gondola rides at the company’s resorts.
 
For more information about Vail Resorts season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.
 
For spring lodging offers and the latest snow conditions updates at all three resorts, visit www.SkiHeavenly.com, www.NorthstarCalifornia.com or www.Kirkwood.com.
About Heavenly Mountain Resort
Heavenly Mountain Resort is a world-class destination offering guests a one-of-a-kind combination of scenic beauty and exhilarating on-snow experience. Heavenly is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., the leading mountain resort operator in the United States.  One of the largest resorts in North America, Heavenly spans 4,800 acres, climbs to Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation at 10,067 feet and features more than 97 trails for every level of skier or snowboarder.  For more information on Heavenly Mountain Resort, please visit www.SkiHeavenly.comor call 800-HEAVENLY.
 
About Northstar California Resort
One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spanning 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more.
 
Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit
www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
 
About Kirkwood
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top destination resorts. Located just 177 miles from the Bay Area along scenic Highway 88, its base elevation of 7,800-feet, assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in North America. Kirkwood is recognized by winter purists and national media alike for the quality of its snow and terrain variety and is a true skier’s destination. Known for its pristine beauty and action-packed expeditions and events, winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sled dog tours, and backcountry expeditions. An ideal location for weddings and corporate meetings, the Kirkwood Village includes boutique shopping, live music and dining. For more information about Kirkwood Mountain Resort, visit www.Kirkwood.comor call 209.258.6000.
 
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction 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 www.VailResorts.comand consumer website is www.Snow.com.

Contact(s)

Kevin "Coop" Cooper

Communications/PR Manager
Email: kcooper1@vailresorts.com
Phone: (209) 258-7215

Sally Gunter

Heavenly Communications Manager
Email: sgunter@vailresorts.com
Phone: (775) 586-4451

Rachael Woods

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: rwoods1@vailresorts.com
Phone: 530-562-3866
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