Vail Resorts announced a the lineup of ski passes for the 2011/2012 ski season today. Skiers and riders can now purchase their pass to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe, and Arapahoe Basin for $49 down.
Next season passholders will see new benefits, names and prices for their passes, reflecting the addition of Northstar-at-Tahoe in 2010. Passes available for purchase are the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day, Summit Value Pass, and the Tahoe Value Pass.
"We worked really hard to determine the best 11/12 season pass lineup for both our local and destination guests," Season Pass Marketing Manager Jill Nadlonek said. "We now have passes that are great for every guest across all seven resorts."
In addition to securing the lowest season pass price, by putting $49 down for next season, passholders will receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2011-2012 ski season as well as access for sightseeing and gondola rides
for the 2011 summer. A few passholders will also see other benefits like unlimited skiing and riding at Vail and Beaver Creek in April 2012 and/or two free April lift tickets at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe if purchased before April 24, 2011. Each pass also has the benefit of six "Ski with a Friend" tickets -- lowering the price on a daily lift ticket for passholders' friends and family. All benefits are explained at epicpass.com
Here are the Vail Resorts ski passes broken down by price and benefits.
Epic Pass The best deal in the industry, the Epic Pass offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing and snowboarding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Arapahoe Basin. This pass is a great option for skiers and riders looking to visit over holidays or anyone else who is looking for an unlimited season. Cost: $649 for adults, $329 for children (ages 5 to 12) Get it at: epicpass.com
Epic Local Pass Formerly known as the Colorado Pass, the Epic Local pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and includes10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek. New this year, it also includes skiing or riding at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe, with limited restricted days (the same days as restricted at Vail and Beaver Creek). $50 pass holder tickets will be available for purchase during blackout dates at Northstar-at-Tahoe, Heavenly, Vail and Beaver Creek. Epic Local Passholders will also get four buddy tickets ($60 per ticket in Tahoe, $69 in Colorado) if purchased by May 30 as a spring benefit. This pass is perfect for locals that are comfortable navigating a few more restrictions. Cost: $499 for adults, $379 for teens, $249 for children Get it at: epicpass.com or coloradopass.com
Epic 7-Day Perfect for skiers and riders that will only ski seven days next ski season, the Epic 7-day offers unlimited skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Heavenly, and Northstar-at-Tahoe any seven days of the season. So if you don't want restrictions but will only ski seven days, this pass is perfect for you. Cost: $499 for adults, $249 for children Get it at: epicpass.com
Summit Value Pass A great option for the Summit County skier, the Summit Value pass offers unlimited and unrestricted riding at A-Basin and Keystone, and limited restrictions at Breckenridge. Passholders will have the option to purchase $50 lift tickets at Breckenridge on restricted days. Benefits to this pass include half-priced tickets at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe, four buddy tickets (if purchased this spring only), and six "Ski-with-a-Friend" tickets. Cost: $409 for adults, $319 for teens, $209 for children Get it at: epicpass.com
Tahoe Value Pass The Tahoe Value Pass is great for those who plan on mostly skiing Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe. The Tahoe Value Pass excludes access to Northstar-at-Tahoe on Saturdays and has holiday blackouts for both resorts during the season but passholders can purchase access to either resort on restricted days for $50 per day. Benefits of this pass include unlimited half price tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone, four buddy tickets (if purchased this spring only), six "Ski-with-a-Friend" tickets, and two free days at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe in April 2011 if purchased fully before the end of the 2010/2011 season. Cost: $379 for adults, $299 for teens and seniors, $179 for children Get it at: epicpass.com
All spring benefits, blackout dates and pass details are listed at epicpass.com. Prices are only guaranteed through May 30, 2011.