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EPIC FOR EVERYONE Pass Launched

#61
The push is on to encourage people to commit to an Epic pass. Got an email today from Stowe about the Sept. 2 deadline. Focus was on Epic Local for $699. Wonder which resorts are promoted for elists of resorts in Utah, Colorado, or California.

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#62
For those who think about ski club trips to a Vail resort, @VickiK found a pretty interesting article about the impact of the new Epic Day Pass. It's geared towards tour operators.

Ski clubs and the new Epic Day Passes - potential quirks to keep in mind - March 2019
@VickiK : what did your ski club end up doing for trips to VR resorts?

I've seen discounts of $50-100 for ski club trips to Ikon locations.

I'm trying to understand Epic passes better for my BIL who lives in the midwest. Now that he semi-retired, he's got more time for ski trips that last more then 4 days.
 
#63
When I have the patience to read them, the FAQs for Epic passes seemed to be pretty good. Found a summary of the Senior options at the very bottom, but it doesn't include Tahoe Value, Kirkwood only, Afton Alps only, or Mt. Brighton only. Those show up under the menu Specialty, but the Colorado and W-B senior options don't. Guess "simple and straightforward" was an idea from a while back. :smile:

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Ski buddy Bill is already over 65. I've got a few years to go. Thinking ahead about which Epic option might make the most sense for exploring Colorado resorts I haven't been to during one season. Of course, the options or age cut-off could well change in a year or two.
 

VTsnowflower

Certified Ski Diva
#64
I believe there's also a grandfathered-in (no pun intended!) mid-week senior pass at Okemo. But you have to call to find out about it. From their website:
"Looking for additional Season Pass options for Okemo, including Mid-week Okemo/Sunapee passes, the Northeast College Pass, Senior, Super Senior Okemo/Sunapee passes? Please call (802)228-1600 or come to the Resort Services desk at The Clock Tower Base Lodge or Jackson Gore Base Lodge to purchase today!"
 

Abbi

Angel Diva
#65
I believe there's also a grandfathered-in (no pun intended!) mid-week senior pass at Okemo. But you have to call to find out about it. From their website:
"Looking for additional Season Pass options for Okemo, including Mid-week Okemo/Sunapee passes, the Northeast College Pass, Senior, Super Senior Okemo/Sunapee passes? Please call (802)228-1600 or come to the Resort Services desk at The Clock Tower Base Lodge or Jackson Gore Base Lodge to purchase today!"
True. Cheered up a lot of Okemo regulars when it became known! Just no idea if they will cut that off at some point in the fall. So far it’s there.
 
#66
I believe there's also a grandfathered-in (no pun intended!) mid-week senior pass at Okemo. But you have to call to find out about it. From their website:
"Looking for additional Season Pass options for Okemo, including Mid-week Okemo/Sunapee passes, the Northeast College Pass, Senior, Super Senior Okemo/Sunapee passes? Please call (802)228-1600 or come to the Resort Services desk at The Clock Tower Base Lodge or Jackson Gore Base Lodge to purchase today!"
Very interesting! Good to know Okemo and Sunapee still have mid-week and senior options.

Have never looked at the individual VR resort websites for season pass info. The differences are noticeable. Okemo, Sunapee, and Crested Butte all have a little note at the bottom with a local phone number to call for info about Additional Options. Only the Okemo webpage actually mentions the possibilities.

The order of presentation of the Epic pass options are quite different for Kirkwood and Northstar. The top two for Kirkwood are Tahoe Local and Tahoe Value. The first two for Northstar are Full Epic or Epic Local. Scrolling down gets to other Epic options. Epic Day shows up for Northstar but not Kirkwood. Makes sense since Northstar is a destination resort popular with families for a ski vacation based on slopeside lodging while Kirkwood is more of a local's ski area. The style of the webpages are the same, but clearly the software was designed for customization for individual resort websites instead of just forcing everyone to purchase from the Epic pass website.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#67
The one day option is overpriced--depending on what resort you may want to use it at of course. For example, if you are like me and typically ski one day each season at Mt Sunapee, you would be losing money to buy this advance purchase one day pass when you could still just go on the mountain website the night before you want to ski there and find a better price.
Why pay $106 when you could pay $90 or less.
If you ski exclusively at Epic resorts and get the full season passes then it's a good deal--- the 1-4 day passes you really need to get your calculator out and see if they make sense--since they base the advertised savings off the window rate--and like I say you can still prepurchase the night before you want to go on the website and save off the window rate and then you have the benefit of not being locked in.
Now that websites are set up for the 2019-20 season, I took a look at the online advanced ticket pricing for Okemo, Sunapee, and Stowe. All three are using the same software. The maximum discount is 25% of the window rate for a given date or date range. Multi-day ticket options include: 2 of 3, 3 of 5, 4 of 6, 5 of 8, 6 of 9, up to 7 of 10 days. The marketing phrase for the Epic Day Pass is "up to 50%" off the window rate but that's only if getting 7 days.

Suppose someone was thinking of spending two non-holiday weekends at Stowe. If they were willing to commit to the dates well in advance, buying two 2-day tickets for non-holiday January weekends would be $186+186 = $372. A 4-day Epic Day Pass without holidays is currently $399 and was $388 before Sept. 2, 2019. The advantage of paying a little more early on for an Epic Day Pass is the flexibility of using the 4 days any non-holiday period at any of the three VR resorts in the northeast during the season. Or potentially flying out west for a weekend trip to a VR resort.

Haven't looked at online advanced ticket prices for the three midwest locations in MI, MN, WI but would expect something similar.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#68
Never noticed that the VR resorts in Colorado (not Crested Butte), Tahoe, and Utah (Park City) have a free loyalty program called PEAKS Rewards. Reminds me of what Boyne Resorts does. Points are added to an account a few weeks afterwards, so much be used during another trip. Points are good for three years.

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marzNC

Angel Diva
#69
Never noticed that the VR resorts in Colorado (not Crested Butte), Tahoe, and Utah (Park City) have a free loyalty program called PEAKS Rewards.
I think I may have found an obsolete webpage (Post #68). PEAKS existed in 2010 when EpicMix was introduced. But there isn't a link on snow dot com any more. Don't remember what I was looking for that brought up the webpage.

What does exist in 2019 are Epic Pass Clubs by region with special discounts. For example, midwest Epic passholders can get discounts at selected ski shops.
 

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