Vail Resorts Announces the Return of the Epic Pass, Providing the Ultimate Season-Long Access to the World’s Best Ski and Snowboard Destinations

08 March 2016
  • The Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted access to iconic resorts in Colorado, Utah and Tahoe for just $809
  • Purchasing now through April 10 guarantees the lowest price of the season with the best benefits
  • The Epic Pass pays for itself in just under 5 days of skiing or riding
  • At $609, the Epic Local Pass provides even greater value for skiers and snowboarders who can plan around a few restrictions
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – March 8, 2016 – Skiers and snowboarders who are already dreaming of the 2016-2017 season can now rejoice. The Epic Pass returns for the 2016-2017 season, again providing the greatest value in skiing and snowboarding for those who want unlimited, unrestricted skiing access and the versatility to sample 13 world-class resorts in the U.S. and Australia. Available for just $809 for adults, purchasing now locks in savings of up to 35 percent versus individual lift tickets. Plus, purchasing in the spring unlocks Buddy Tickets – providing six friends or family members with discounted single day lift tickets. With just one pass, guests are geared up for endless experiences in the mountains – whether that means visiting a tried-and-true favorite, or first-time exploration of a new destination. Guests can purchase season passes and start planning winter vacations at EpicPass.com.
 
The 2016-2017 Epic Pass offers unlimited access to 13 world-class resorts in the U.S. and abroad – including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe;  Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Each resort delivers an iconic experience, unique traditions and impeccable service.
 
Iconic Resorts at a Glance
  • Vail: 5,289 acres of terrain, a world-class village, the legendary Back Bowls and the ultimate ski experience.
  • Beaver Creek: White Glove luxury and legendary attention to detail – from daily fresh-baked cookies on the slopes at 3 p.m. to exquisite fine dining experiences.
  • Breckenridge: At an impressive 12,840 feet, the Imperial Express SuperChair at Breckenridge, North America’s highest chairlift, provides access to Peak 8 – one of the resort’s five expansive peaks; all situated above an authentic mountain town.
  • Keystone: The ultimate resort for kids and families, Keystone’s Kidtopia offers free, daily events and activities to complement a day on the slopes, including the popular Saturday afternoon parade and fireworks, plus the world's largest Snow Fort.
  • Park City: The new Quicksilver Gondola unites Park City with Canyons village, connecting all 7,300 acres of terrain, forming the largest resort in the United States.
  • Heavenly: Sweeping views of Lake Tahoe make Heavenly a mecca of winter bliss and a mountain full of high-energy fun with the infamous Unbuckle après ski party at the top of the gondola.
  • Northstar: Sip on complimentary bubbly at Northstar’s daily tradition, t?st! Hosted on East Ridge, guests are welcomed with a complimentary flute of sparkling wine, Champagne or sparkling cider promptly at 2 p.m., followed by family-friendly complimentary s ’mores at 3 p.m.
  • Kirkwood: Expedition: Kirkwood offers a one-of-a-kind mountain experience taking all skiers and snowboarders to the next level on Kirkwood’s combination of legendary deep snow and renowned terrain.
“The Epic Pass continues to set the bar in terms of pass value. From unrestricted access to iconic resorts across more than 32,000 acres of skiable terrain, to year-round access to the mountains, our mission is clear – providing an accessible, world-class experience for our guests. The Epic Pass provides our guests with ultimate ease and flexibility to revisit their favorite resorts, plus an opportunity to sample new destinations every year,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.
 
For guests who are willing to plan around a few restrictions, the Epic Local Pass provides an even greater value. For $609, skiers and snowboarders get unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, plus a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions.
 
“The Epic Local Pass is an incredible value, paying for itself after just four days of skiing or snowboarding,” said Lynch. “Whether you ski five days or 50, you won’t find a better way to conveniently access some of the world’s most iconic winter destinations.”
 
2016-2017 Season Pass Options for Skiers and Snowboarders
  • 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. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. It features 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 in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. No restricted dates. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $419.
     
  • Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $609, receive unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, plus a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $319.
     
  • Epic 7-Day™: This pass is great for guests who don’t plan to ski more than seven days next winter. The pass features seven unrestricted days of skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, or Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; or Heavenly, Northstar or Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 7-day is $609 for adults and $319 for children (ages five to 12). In addition, pass holders will receive a total of seven free days of skiing and riding at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Wilmot Mountain. The Epic 7-Day pays for itself in under four days of skiing and riding and provides more than 45 percent savings compared to lift tickets purchased at the ticket window next season.
     
  • The Epic 4-Day™: Is optimal for guests planning one ski vacation during the 2016-2017 winter season. $399 for adults and $219 for children (ages five to 12). Ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar or Kirkwood, plus a total of four days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Wilmot Mountain. This pass pays for itself in just under three days and offers a savings of over 35 percent compared to lift tickets. For a little more than $1,200 a family of four can ski four days at the best ski resorts in the U.S.   
 
Perks for Buying Your Epic Pass before April 10
  • Lowest guaranteed price
  • Six (6) Buddy Tickets are automatically loaded onto your pass – the best discounted rate pass holders can give to friends or family to use.
  • Six (6) Ski With a Friend (SWAF) tickets – a fluctuating discounted rate for friends to use
Season Pass Insurance:
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Find out more at Epicpass.com.

 
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 www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com


 

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