Starting at $429, Tahoe’s Best Three-Mountain Season Pass Offers Access to Tahoe’s Best Snow, Most Terrain and Best Value for Winter 2014-2015

30 September 2014

  • Best Season Passes to Lake Tahoe’s Top-Ranked Resorts;
  • Industry-Leading Epic Pass Now Offers 22 World-Class Resorts Including Unrestricted Access to Park City
  • Winter Weather Brings Season’s First Snowfall to Heavenly, Northstar & Kirkwood

The first of winter’s snowfall has already arrived at the Best of Tahoe resorts and skiers and riders can still receive early-season rates for Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value, Epic Local and Epic season passes – all of which offer access to Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.  Recognized by SKI Magazine as the best of Lake Tahoe’s resorts in 2015, Heavenly and Northstar offer the most celebrated experiences in the Sierra; and acclaimed by Skiing Magazine for delivering record-setting natural snow depth and unmatched terrain, Kirkwood invites those in pursuit of a pure mountain experience to ski and ride the mountain’s iconic terrain. With California’s most valuable season pass options starting at $429 and guaranteed through Sunday, Oct. 12, pass holders receive access to the most terrain and best conditions in the region as well as fewer restrictions than other resorts’ season pass options.

Weather and conditions permitting, the 2014-2015 season commences Friday, Nov. 21 at Heavenly and Northstar; Saturday, Nov. 22 marks opening day for Kirkwood.  Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value, Epic Local and Epic Pass holders can look forward to a winter of superb snow surface conditions and the signature Best of Tahoe experience found only at the Best of Tahoe resorts. 

“Our ability to deliver the best snow conditions is unique among Tahoe resorts.  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 with the Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value and Epic Local Passes,” said Bill Rock, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Northstar California.  “With the recent addition of Park City in Park City, Utah to the Epic Pass, skiers now have access to 22 world-class resorts on one pass.  Each season pass option sets a new precedent for offering an incredible experience throughout the Western United States, Europe and Japan.” 

Collectively, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood offer guests unmatched variety, the highest standard of guest service, the most terrain with 10,270 skiable acres, and access to the region’s finest snow surface conditions through state-of-the-art snowmaking and acclaimed natural snow depth. Each resort represents the essence of Lake Tahoe’s most famed characteristics – including Heavenly’s unrelenting, high-energy party atmosphere, Northstar’s renown for laid-back California luxury and Kirkwood’s prized bounty of authentic, big-mountain terrain and prodigious snow depth. Each resort’s unique characteristics complement one another and combine to offer skiers and riders the Best of Tahoe experience.
Best-of-Tahoe Resorts Highlight the Best of What’s New for 2014-2015 Season

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Heavenly’s high-energy atmosphere is guaranteed to reach a new level during winter 2014-15 with the opening of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in late December 2014 or early 2015 in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core. In addition to a 25,000 square-foot casino, the property will include more than 500 renovated hotel rooms, new restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool experience in South Lake Tahoe, and an assortment of live entertainment venues both indoors and out.  This opening, paired with Heavenly’s full slate of signature all-in events, make for an unmatched, non-stop party on and off the mountain.   
Northstar’s t?st Redefines the Daily Toast
Beckoning guests to experience the resort’s penchant for California laid-back luxury, Northstar invites skiers to enjoy its daily bubbly toast on the slopes this season.  Offered every day on the snow at 2 p.m., t?st is a not-to-miss nod to Northstar’s casual elegance and unmistakable style.
Expedition:Kirkwood Reveals Kirkwood’s Authentic Big-Mountain Terrain
Kirkwood offers skiers and riders the region’s deepest snowpack, legendary steeps and mastery of high-angle snow grooming – upon which expert skiers rub elbows with some of the world’s best athletes on steep, fast, groomed slopes.  In addition to enjoying the Kirkwood’s famously raw beauty and pristine snow quality, guests can experience mountain’s Best-of-Tahoe adventure through Expedition:Kirkwood – renowned for offering mountain guides and clinics, snow cat tours beyond the resort’s terrain and snow safety education.

Vail Resorts 2014-2015 Season Pass Options for Lake Tahoe Skiers and Snowboarders
  • Tahoe Value Pass™: Best for guests who can accommodate a few restrictions. It is available for $429, 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 Tahoe Value Pass pays for itself in just under four days.
  • 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 $479. 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 just over four days.
  • Epic Local Pass™: Best for local Tahoe skiers who might plan a trip to Utah or Colorado.  It offers unlimited, non-holiday access to Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Park City, and Canyons; pass holder tickets are available for purchase for $59 during blackout dates.  Epic Local also offers unlimited, unrestricted access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton and also includes a total of ten days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions.  Available for $569, Epic Local pays for itself in just over four days.
  • The Epic Pass™: Unlimited skiing at every resort all winter for $749. The 2014-15 Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures globally with up to five consecutive free days each (when booking in-resort lodging) at the renowned mountain resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle) and Verbier, Switzerland, and five consecutive free days at Niseko United, Japan. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $749 for adults and $389 for children (ages 5-12), but these prices are only guaranteed for a limited time.  The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days. 
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. Season pass holders also receive six Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets, automatically uploaded onto the pass. All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.  For more information about Vail Resorts season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit

Photography – Recent Snowfall and Iconic Imagery:
To download images of recent snowfall as well as signature images for Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, please click here.  
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 and consumer website is


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