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Vail announces 20/21 Epic Pass Details

ski diva

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Thought I'd post the press release I got from Vail today. It's long, so I had to break it up into several entries:

VAIL RESORTS LAUNCHES NEW PASS PRODUCTS FOR SKIERS AND RIDERS ON THE EAST COAST

Also new for the 2020-21 season: Exclusive 20 Percent Discounts for Pass Holders with launch of “Epic Mountain Rewards”

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Mar. 3, 2020 — Today Vail Resorts announced two new pass products designed for skiers and riders on the East Coast looking for incredible access in the region at an unmatched value.

The Northeast Value Pass, priced at $599 for adults and $419 for college students, provides guests with unlimited, restricted access to Okemo, Mount Snow and Hunter, 10 restricted days at Stowe, plus unlimited, unrestricted access to Wildcat, Attitash, Mount Sunapee, Crotched, Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop and more. The Northeast Midweek Pass, priced at $449, offers guests similar access, but restricted to Monday through Friday, and five restricted midweek days at Stowe.

“With eight resorts in the Northeast and more in the Mid-Atlantic now in our portfolio, we’re excited to offer skiers and riders on the East Coast two new pass products to help them achieve their skiing and riding goals,” said Doug Pierini, chief operating officer of Vail Resorts’ eastern region. “Between these two new products and our renowned Epic Pass products, skiers and riders can find the best value whether they plan to ski one day or every day – in the region or around the world.”

With the introduction of the Northeast Value Pass and the Northeast Midweek Pass, the Company will no longer offer the Explorer, Drifter, Ranger, Traveler or Scout passes previously offered by Peak Resorts.

For guests looking for unlimited, unrestricted access across the former Peak Resorts ski areas, the Epic Local Pass, priced at $729 for adults and $659 for college students, offers an incredible value and includes additional access to all of the Company’s owned and operated North American resorts. The Epic Local Pass offers unlimited, unrestricted access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte; unlimited, holiday-restricted access to Stowe, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood; and continues to provide ten combined days of holiday-restricted access to our world-class destinations of Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, and Beaver Creek, at no additional charge, plus additional partner access.

Launching at $979 for the 2020-21 winter season, the Epic Pass provides the best value with unlimited, unrestricted access to all 37 of the Company’s owned and operated resorts plus additional partner access at Telluride, Snowbasin, Sun Valley, Courchevel, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Hakuba Valley, Japan and more.

For guests looking for an incredible deal for their children, the Company provides child and teen pricing across a variety of pass products, including the $49 Northeast Tot Pass (ages 5 & 6), and a complimentary Epic Pass for children age four and under who are signed-up ahead of the season.
 

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INTRODUCING EPIC MOUNTAIN REWARDS

When skiers and riders hit the slopes next season with any of the pass products listed above, the savings will continue all season long. Today, Vail Resorts introduced ‘Epic Mountain Rewards,’ which gives pass holders a discount of 20 percent off food and beverage, lodging, group ski and ride school lessons, equipment rentals and more at the Company’s North American owned and operated resorts.

Epic Mountain Rewards is available for everyone who purchases an Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic Day Pass, Epic Military Pass, Northeast Value Pass, Northeast Midweek Pass and most of the Company’s other pass products – regardless of whether guests plan to ski one day or every day of the season. The Epic Mountain Reward discounts go into effect for the 2020-21 season.

“Last year, we changed the definition of a season pass by launching the Epic Day Pass and giving all skiers and riders the same value and flexibility – even if they only plan to ski or ride one day. Today, we are transforming the breadth of value offered with a pass by providing our pass holders truly epic discounts on their mountain experience,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

With no sign-up, no point tracking and no blackout dates, Epic Mountain Rewards is designed to be as simple as possible. Pass holders get the 20 percent discounts by simply presenting their pass at the register or logging into their account for online reservations. In addition to the significant discount already offered by purchasing a pass product, a family of four will now be able save hundreds of dollars per day in food and beverage, lodging, group ski and ride school lessons, equipment rentals, and select mountain activities.

“No other major pass product provides this level of across-the-board savings for skiers and riders – it is completely unique, even across the travel industry,” Lynch continued. “I’m especially excited about the simplicity of Epic Mountain Rewards – which requires no points, no requirements – just one of our pass products and, of course, a passion to have an Experience of a Lifetime at one of our resorts.”

Epic Mountain Rewards also includes 20 percent off Epic Mountain Express transportation in Colorado, Guided Cat Skiing Tours in Keystone and Heli-Skiing packages in Whistler Blackcomb. More details on Epic Mountain Rewards are in the details section of this release or online at www.epicmountainrewards.com.

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE

Back for its second season, the Epic Day Pass is a customizable pass for skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited access offered by a traditional season pass. For as low as $93 for a day of skiing or riding at world-class destinations like Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City and Breckenridge, guests can create their own pass by selecting the number of days they plan to ski or ride – from one day to seven days – and whether or not to add holiday access. Guests can use their Epic Day Pass at any of the Company’s North American owned and operated resorts and have the flexibility to choose where, when and how frequently they want to ski or ride closer to their travel dates. Now the occasional skier and rider will be able save hundreds of dollars per day by saving up to 50 percent off lift ticket window prices and 20 percent off other mountain experiences with Epic Mountain Rewards.

Returning for the third year, the Military Epic Pass program honors the epic service of the Company’s founders from the 10th Mountain Division, and men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, Canadian Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force. With a significant discount from the Epic Pass, the 2020-21 Military Epic Pass provides an incredible value for service members and their families to enjoy unlimited, unrestricted skiing at the Company’s owned and operated resorts for $169.
 

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Through the Turn In Your Ticket program, guests who purchase a lift ticket between March 3, 2020 and the end of the 2019-20 ski season can apply the value of a single day ticket toward the price of an eligible 2020-21 pass product, including an Epic Day Pass with four or more days. This program applies to new pass holders who did not purchase a 2019-20 season pass product.

Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass this spring can pay just $49 down and the remainder in September. They will also get ten Buddy Tickets and six Ski With a Friend Tickets. For additional convenience and flexibility, Buddy Tickets and Ski With a Friend Tickets can now be redeemed online, making it easier than ever to enjoy the mountains with family and friends.

NOW FOR THE DETAILS

Northeast Value Pass: New for the 2020-21 season, for US$599 for adults, US$419 for college students, US$449 for seniors (ages 65-79), US$449 for teens (ages 13-18), US$49 for seniors (80+), and US$49 for children (ages 5-6), the Northeast Value Pass offers the following access and benefits:

Unlimited access with holiday restrictions to: Okemo, Hunter and Mount Snow
Ten total days, with holiday restrictions to: Stowe
Unlimited, unrestricted access to: Wildcat, Attitash, Mount Sunapee, Crotched, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Alpine Valley, Mad River and Mt. Brighton.
Benefit Tickets:  Launching with Ten Buddy Tickets for a limited time only, as well as Six “Ski With A Friend” tickets.
Discounted Tickets: 50 percent off lift tickets for pass holders are available for purchase during blackout dates 
NEW! Eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards
$49 Down:  For a limited time, a $49 down payment guarantees the lowest price with the remainder due in the fall. 

Northeast Midweek Pass: New for the 2020-21 season, for US$449 for adults and US$339 for seniors (ages 65+) the Northeast Midweek Value Pass offers the following access and benefits:
Unlimited Monday-Friday access with holiday restrictions to: Okemo, Hunter and Mount Snow
Five total days, Monday-Friday with holiday restrictions to: Stowe
Unlimited, unrestricted Monday-Friday access to: Wildcat, Attitash, Mount Sunapee, Crotched, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, Boston Mills, Brandy Wine, Alpine Valley, Mad River and Mt. Brighton.
Benefit Tickets:  Launching with Ten Buddy Tickets for a limited time only, as well as Six “Ski With A Friend” tickets. . 
Discounted Tickets: 50 percent off lift tickets for pass holders are available for purchase during blackout dates 
NEW! Eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards
$49 Down:  For a limited time, a $49 down payment guarantees the lowest price with the remainder due in the fall. 
 
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Epic Pass™: For US$979 for adults, US$499 for children (ages five to 12) and free for children four and younger who sign-up ahead of the season, the Epic Pass offers the following access and benefits:

Unlimited, unrestricted access to: Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched, Hunter, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Stevens Pass, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River, Hidden Valley, Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot in North America. The Epic Pass also includes access to Perisher, Falls Creek, and Hotham in Australia.
Limited access to partner resorts, including: seven days each at Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies; five consecutive days at Hakuba Valley’s ten ski resorts in Japan; and five consecutive days at Japan’s Rusutsu Resort. The Epic Pass also grants limited access to Les 3 Vallées in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Ski Arlberg in Austria; and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy.
Discounted Tickets: Launching with Ten Buddy Tickets for a limited time only, as well as Six “Ski With A Friend” tickets.
NEW! Eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards
$49 Down: For a limited time, a $49 down payment guarantees the lowest price with the remainder due in the fall.


Epic Local Pass™: For US$729 for adults, US$659 for college students, US$589 for teens (ages 13-18) and US$379 for children (ages five to 12), the Epic Local Pass offers the following access and benefits:
Unlimited, unrestricted access to: Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Snow, Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched, Hunter, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Stevens Pass, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River, Hidden Valley, Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot.
Unlimited access with holiday restrictions to: Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Stowe.
10 total days combined (with holiday restrictions) at: Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb
Limited access to partner resorts, including: two days (with limited holiday restrictions) at Sun Valley; two days (with limited holiday restrictions) at Snowbasin; and five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s ten ski resorts in Japan; and five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Japan’s Rusutsu Resort.
Discounted Tickets: Launching with Ten Buddy Tickets for a limited time only, as well as Six “Ski With A Friend” tickets.
NEW! Eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards
$49 Down: For a limited time, a $49 down payment guarantees the lowest price with the remainder due in the fall.

Epic Mountain Rewards: With no sign-up, no point tracking and no blackout dates on your Epic Mountain Rewards discounts, guests are automatically enrolled when they purchase an Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic Day Pass, Military Epic Pass, Epic Australia Pass, Summit Value Pass, Keystone Plus Pass, Keystone-Crested Butte 4-Pack Pass, Park City 4-Pack Pass, Tahoe Local Pass, Tahoe Value Pass, Northeast Value Pass, Northeast Midweek Pass and more. (Blackout dates for lift access still apply based on your pass purchased).

Epic Mountain Rewards offers the following discounts for the 2020-21 season:

20% off Food & Beverage (At quick-service restaurants on mountain. Discount applies to total spend of up to $150 per day. Not valid at fine dining, village restaurants, private clubs, or on alcohol.)
20% off Lodging (Available on the lowest public rate on lodging owned and operated by Vail Resorts, Inc. and select properties managed by Vail Resorts, Inc,. Valid on all room types, subject to availability.)
20% off Group Ski and Ride School Lessons (Not valid on private lessons, semi-private lessons or specialty ski and ride school or race programs. Subject to availability.)
20% off Equipment Rentals (At the Company’s more than 100 owned and operated stores.)
20% off Epic Mountain Express in Colorado
20% off Guided Cat Skiing Tours in Keystone (Subject to availability.)
20% off single day Whistler Heli-Skiing packages in Whistler Blackcomb booked by 12/18/20 (Excluding the Whistler Bucket List Experience, Semi-Private, and Private packages. subject to availability.)
Discounts off Basic Waxing and Tuning (Based on location.)

Epic Mountain Rewards is not available at partner destinations, only at the Company’s North American owned and operated resorts:

Rocky Mountains: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City
West: Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stevens Pass
Canada: Whistler Blackcomb
Northeast: Stowe, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Wildcat, Attitash, Crotched, Mount Snow, Hunter, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop
Midwest: Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Wilmot, Mad River, Snow Creek, Hidden Valley, Paoli Peaks, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine

Pass holders can start taking advantage of their Epic Mountain Rewards now by booking lodging for the 2020-21 season. To see the full list of pass products eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards and the terms and conditions, go to www.epicmountainrewards.com.

Epic Day Pass: Now in its second year, the Epic Day Pass provides unprecedented flexibility and season pass discounts to guests skiing as little as one day. With the customizable pass, guests can unlock discounts equivalent to up to 50 percent off lift ticket window prices by selecting the number of days they plan to ski or ride – from one day to seven days – and whether or not to add holiday access. The Epic Day Pass provides the following access and benefits:

Specified number of days to: Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched, Hunter, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Stevens Pass, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River, Hidden Valley, Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot.

Partner access: For guests purchasing four or more days of access, they may also use days purchased to access Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Bonus Days: the Epic Day Pass includes free bonus days to match total days purchased that can be used at Wilmot, Mt. Brighton or Afton Alps.
 
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ski diva

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Pricing: (the first line is Adult pricing, the second line, Child)

Epic 1-Day Restricted Pass
$109
$57

Epic 1-Day Pass
$129
$67

Epic 2-Day Restricted Pass
$214
$111

Epic 2-Day Pass
$253
$130

Epic 3-Day Restricted Pass
$312
$162

Epic 3-Day Pass
$369
$189

Epic 4-Day Restricted Pass
$404
$210

Epic 4-Day Pass
$478
$244

Epic 5-Day Restricted Pass
$490
$255

Epic 5-Day Pass
$580
$296

Epic 6-Day Restricted Pass
$571
$297

Epic 6-Day Pass
$676
$345

Epic 7-Day Restricted Pass
$647
$336

Epic 7-Day Pass
$766
$391

NEW! Eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards
$49 Down: For a limited time, a $49 down payment guarantees the lowest price with the remainder due in the fall.

Military Epic Pass™: Vail Resorts is proud to celebrate those who serve others. For US$169 for Active and Retired Military and their dependents, US$559 for Veteran Military and their adult dependents, and US$299 for Veteran dependent children (ages five to 17) the Military Epic Pass offers the following access: 

Unlimited, unrestricted access to: Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched, Hunter, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Stevens Pass, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River, Hidden Valley, Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot in North America. The Military Epic Pass also includes access to Perisher, Falls Creek, and Hotham in Australia.

The Military Epic Pass does not have access to partner resorts, for more information: www.epicpass.com.
NEW! Eligible for Epic Mountain Rewards
$49 Down:  For a limited time, a $49 down payment guarantees the lowest price with the remainder due in the fall. 

Guests can purchase season passes and start planning their next winter vacation today at www.epicpass.com
 

marzNC

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Thanks for pulling everything in from the press release!

Will take a little while to absorb the implications for people in various regions. Certainly the NE Epic for $599 may change the thinking of some folks in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast. Epic Local is $729, so a couple hundred dollars more. Presumably someone who has a trip out west in mind would find Epic Local makes the most sense.
 
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Epic Tahoe Local has increased by $30 from $589 to $619 but still a bargain with resort discounts . Last week in March I'm using 5 days at Crested Butte as well as several days at local Tahoe resorts...
 

marzNC

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Ah, missed the $449 price for the NE Midweek pass (M-F). For seniors 65+ the price is $339. That's unrestricted at Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, Jack Frost/BB in PA; Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat, Crotched in NH, Mt. Brighton in MI, and the former Peak Resorts in OH. The only blackout dates for Okemo, Mt. Snow, and Hunter are over Thanksgiving and Christmas week. Five days at Stowe are included.

For people who live in DC/Baltimore/NoVA and Boston, Epic NE must change the decision process for picking a multi-resort pass for 2020-21. I think the entry price point for Brighton locals and former Peak Resorts passholders in the Ohio is not that much different than before. But now they have the option of Epic Local for local skiing and a trip to a VR resort out west.
 

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A few questions that come to mind when considering Epic for 2020-21:

* How many days could be used locally? Meaning driving for day trips or staying overnight 1-2 nights.
* If a local Epic ski area/resort is the home mountain, are there pass options for just that location?
* Is there a Regional Epic pass that is useful?
* Is there one Epic destination resort (west or northeast) of interest for a ski vacation of 4-6 ski days? Can a decision be made before June? Before mid-October?
* How likely is a second ski vacation to an Epic destination resort?

Obviously, makes a big difference if thinking about buying one pass or two or for a family with kids. But should keep in mind that the cost of lift tickets is only one piece of the puzzle for a ski vacation that requires flying and lodging for more than a couple nights.

For those who qualify for the Epic Military $169 price, it's a completely different decision process.
 
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No thinking for me either: Tahoe Local Pass !!!

BF has family house in Northstar
I have timeshare across the street from the Heavenly gondola

5 days can be used at some Vail resorts - Crested Butte in March !
And, yes I did pay for 6 days at Taos for approx $400.
 
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... $449 price for the NE Midweek pass (M-F).
This would be replacement for the Peak Traveller pass. With a season like this one, this pass would have been a huge disappointment. Whitetail had to close mid-week a while back, there were more than a few rainy weekdays, and the snow guns seemed to only be turned on to freshen up the trails for the weekend. It doesn’t seem the resorts make much effort for weekday skiers.
 
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It is. The limited access is 3 consecutive day tickets, but you need so stay at one of their participating lodgings in order to receive those days. There's like 15 or so lodging options listed on the Epic website.
Ah... always a catch !
 

Cantabrigienne

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This is quite the wrinkle: the Whistler Unlimited season pass used to be the obvious option (it gives a 20% discount on food/retail and $50 off of lessons/camps) but now the regular Epic pass also seems to have a 20% discount on the same *and* on group lessons. Bizarrely, unless the CAD goes to under 1.40 to the USD, it's still cheaper to get the Epic Pass at $979, since the Whistler Unlimited pass is priced at C$1399.... I might have to do an forex gamble and hope the CAD is stronger by the fall when the remaining balance of the cost of the pass is charged.
 

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