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The Epic Local Pass Provides Minnesotans Unlimited Access to Afton Alps and 12 Additional Iconic Mountain Resorts in North America, Including Whistler Blackcomb
  • The Epic Local Pass offers skiers and snowboarders unlimited use at Afton Alps, access to the best of the U.S., and now Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, the largest resort in North America, for just $639
  • Afton Alps season passes offer the best value for families, with options for those planning to stay close to home and for those looking to go West, as every child’s pass is automatically an Epic Local Pass
  • Guests can lock in the guaranteed lowest price, combined with the most benefits, such as six Buddy Tickets by purchasing now through Sunday, April 9
HASTINGS, Minn. – March 7, 2016 – Afton Alps announced today that passes for the 2017-2018 season to the Twin Cities’ premier ski and snowboard area are on sale now, including the option for unlimited access locally and out West. There is no other pass that provides everyday access to Afton Alps as well as 12 additional world-class ski resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Park City in Utah; and new for the 2017-2018 season, Minnesota skiers and snowboarders can also unlock access to Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America.

The Epic Local Pass, which now includes Whistler Blackcomb, is ideal for those looking to ski or snowboard locally as well as hit the slopes out West. For $639, pass holders are granted unlimited, unrestricted skiing and snowboarding locally at Afton Alps, as well as at 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, Beaver Creek and now Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions. In addition, every child’s pass to Afton Alps is an Epic Local Pass ($339 for ages five to 12) which means kids automatically have access out West.

The Epic Pass lineup – including the full Epic Pass – provides Minnesota skiers and snowboarders the best value in skiing – whether that means staying close to home or exploring one of 44 mountain resorts worldwide. Guests can purchase season passes and start planning winter vacations at

2017-2018 Season Pass Options for Afton Alps Skiers and Snowboarders:
  • Epic Local Pass™: For $639, pass holders receive unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Afton Alps, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Wilmot Mountain and Mt. Brighton, with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, plus a total of 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions. Additionally, Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Stowe Mountain Resort into its season pass products for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the acquisition closing. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over three days out West. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $339.  
  • Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $859. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over four days of skiing or riding out West. With more than 42,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain in North America, this pass is the best in the industry. It features unlimited, unrestricted access to Afton Alps locally, plus 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 2018 season; Wilmot Mountain just outside of Chicago; Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Stowe Mountain in Vermont (pending acquisition closing). Also, new for the 2017-18 season, unlimited skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb. The Epic Pass grants limited access to Arlberg in Austria; Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; Skirama Dolomiti in Italy and 4 Vallées in Switzerland. Additionally, Vail Resorts looks forward to integrating Stowe Mountain Resort into its season pass products for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the acquisition closing. No restricted dates. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $449.
  • Afton Alps Pass (including Afton Alps Family Pass): For those who plan to ski or snowboard solely at Afton Alps, there is the Afton Alps Pass. At $439 for adults, pass holders receive unlimited access to Afton Alps with no restrictions. A discounted rate is offered for families of three people at $919; additional family members can be added for $159 each. A kids’ Afton Alps season pass is priced at $339 and is automatically upgraded to an Epic Local Child Pass with access to nine world-class mountains in Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe and Canada.
The deadline for locking in the lowest price combined with the most benefits on this year’s season pass, including six buddy tickets, is Sunday, April 9. For further details and additional pass options, such as Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day passes, visit

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 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, visit

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; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; 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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