Vail Resorts’ Epic 4-Day Season Passes Offer Exclusive Options to Go West and Receive Free Days to Ski Locally at Afton Alps

10 March 2015
  • Epic 4-Day Pass gives skiers and riders four unrestricted days in Colorado, Utah or Lake Tahoe, and four free days at Afton Alps
  • Epic 4-Day pays for itself in three days and saves 35 percent versus day tickets
  • $49 down locks in the guaranteed lowest price
  • All season pass prices are only guaranteed through April 12, 2015
AFTON ALPS, MINN. –March 10, 2015 – As Minnesotans wrap up this season with annual trips to world-class mountain resorts out West, there is no better time to lock in the biggest savings for the 2015-16 winter season. Vail Resorts is currently selling the Epic 4-Day pass, combining four unrestricted days out West at iconic resorts such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and the new Park City (merging with Canyons this summer to form the largest resort in the U.S.) and four free days locally at Afton Alps, for just $389. The Epic 4-Day saves the pass holder 35 percent versus purchasing day tickets and putting just $49 down before April 12 will lock in the guaranteed lowest price.

 “The Epic 4-Day is one of the best snow sports values for Minnesota-area skiers and riders,”
said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps’ general manager. “Not only do they receive access to our resorts in Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe in the way that works best for them, but they also receive four free days at the revitalized Afton Alps, with updated facilities, a great vibe and the most consistent snow conditions in the region.”

The Epic 4-Day Pass ($389 adult) offers skiers and riders four days out West at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; the soon-to-be-merged Park City Mountain Resort in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, and four free days locally at Afton Alps. It allows skiers and riders who traditionally take a ski trip out West to get four free bonus days locally.

“Prior to getting the Epic Pass at Afton Alps my husband and I had no concrete plans of going skiing out West,” said Minnesota local, Tricia Pelava. “We have two daughters, nine and 11 and didn’t think they’d be able to handle skiing all day in the mountains. With our Epic Passes we went to Tahoe in spring 2014 and Colorado in January of 2015. We had some of the most fantastic skiing of our lives in addition to the ease and convenience of having the pass. It’s been an absolute joy being able to plan family trips and do activities that we love, all as a family.  I’m hoping for many more experiences like this to come.”
 
For those who plan to ski or ride solely at Afton Alps, there is the Afton Alps Pass. At $419, 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. In addition, discounts are available for families and groups of three or more. The Afton Alps child pass is the Epic Local Child Pass at $299.
 
Vail Resorts and Afton Alps offer multiple pass options for the 2015-16 season:
 
•       The Epic Pass™: Unlimited skiing all winter for $769. Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 11 resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Afton Alps. No blackout days or restrictions apply. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just under five days out West.
 
•       The Epic Local Pass™:  For skiers and riders who can navigate a few restrictions out West. The Epic Local Pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Afton Alps, as well as at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with some limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The pass also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. An adult rate is $579, a teen rate is offered at $459 and for children ages 5-12, the pass is $299. A discounted rate is also offered for college students at $529 (proof required).
 
•       The Epic 4-Day™: Is optimal for guests planning one ski vacation during the 2015-16 winter season. $389 for adults and $219 for children (ages 5-12). Ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin, plus 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 the world’s best ski resorts whenever they choose.
 
•       The Epic 7-Day™: Is ideal for guests planning to ski seven days throughout the winter season. $579 for adults and $299 for children (ages 5-12). 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.
 
•       Afton Alps Pass: Offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Afton Alps. $419 for adults, $399 for teens, $289 for seniors, and $269 for college students. Family discounts are available.
 
•       Afton Alps Night College Pass: Offers unlimited, unrestricted at Afton Alps for college students after 3p.m, for only $149.
 
Season Pass Insurance Option
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferrable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Coverage applies for all Epic season passes, valid for the 2015-16 ski season.
 
Current benefits and prices on Epic season passes are only guaranteed through Sunday, April 12, 2015. To purchase a season pass online or to find out more information, please visit www.epicpass.com.
 
About Afton Alps
For over 50 years, Afton Alps has delighted the 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 poured $10 million into re-imagining the guest experience with renovated base area facilities, a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system and a new cutting edge terrain park.

With nearly 300 skiable acres, 50 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night.

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 www.aftonalps.com

 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
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; Park City and Canyons in Utah; 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.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
 
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