Following a weekend of nearly 3 feet of snow at Vail and Beaver Creek, the Vail Valley is bracing for three more storms over the next 10 days, and Vail Resorts announced a great deal of increased flexibility and lower pricing in its season ski pass products with the rollout of Epic for Everyone. First, the forecast:
“The first storm will bring snow from Tuesday night through Friday morning with the best powder (5-15 inches) on Thursday and maybe on Friday morning with some luck,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Tuesday morning. “The second storm will bring snow from later Friday through Saturday afternoon and the best powder should be on Saturday (5-10+ inches).
“The third storm should drop flakes between about March 12-14 and all mountains could see powder with the deepest totals in the south and east. This is the most consistent storm cycle we could ever hope for with multi-day storms every 1-3 days!”
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Vail and the surrounding Gore Range from 6 a.m., Wednesday, to 6 p.m., Thursday, with 8 to 16 inches above 8,000 feet — the elevation of Vail Village.
And here’s Vail Resorts’ Epic For Everyone announcement:
BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Eleven years ago, the Epic Pass transformed the ski industry by offering guests unlimited skiing at the best resorts in the world, for a previously unheard-of low price, making skiing and riding more accessible and affordable. Today, with the introduction of “Epic for Everyone,” Vail Resorts continues that history of innovation by offering the same incredible flexibility and value to all skiers and riders, whether they want to ski or ride just one day – or every day – of the season.
As part of Epic for Everyone, Vail Resorts announced today the introduction of the new Epic Day Pass, a customizable pass for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. 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 customized Epic Day Pass anytime throughout the season at any of the Company’s North American owned resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler Blackcomb, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, and more. Those purchasing four or more days will also get access to Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
With the Epic Day Pass, guests can ski world-class resorts for an unmatched price. Offering a discount of up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices, the Epic Day Pass starts as low as $106 for one day of skiing at any of the Company’s North American resorts. Guests can also lower their cost per day by adding more days and can lock in the lowest prices by purchasing this spring.
“With Epic for Everyone, we are excited to provide all of our guests with the value, flexibility and convenience that come with being a pass holder,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “The launch of the Epic Day Pass transforms both season pass and lift ticket pricing and allows our guests to decide where, when and how frequently they want to ski or ride, which is exactly what made our Epic Pass so popular when we first introduced it over a decade ago.”
For guests looking to ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass continue to offer the best value and variety for unlimited skiing and riding. Launching at $939 for the 2019-20 winter season, the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of the Company’s owned resorts and additional access to partner resorts around the world. For skiers and riders willing to navigate around a few peak dates, the Epic Local Pass offers an incredible value with access to many of the same destinations, starting at only $699. Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass this spring, by paying just $49 down and the remainder in September, will also get ten Buddy Tickets (up from six last year) and six Ski With a Friend Tickets.
In honor of the epic service of the Company’s founders from the 10th Mountain Division, and the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, Canadian Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force, Vail Resorts will also be extending the Military Epic Pass program into the 2019-20 season. The 2019-20 Military Epic Pass is priced at $129 for Active and Retired Military and their dependents, and $529 for Veteran Military and their dependents.
Because Epic is for everyone, guests who purchase a day lift ticket this season also have the opportunity to apply the value of their ticket toward the price of an eligible 2019-20 pass, including an Epic Day Pass with four or more days. Guests can visit www.epicpass.com for more details on this offer and other incentives.
The Company stated that in Fiscal 2018, 47% of lift revenue came from guests using a season pass; however, those guests using a daily lift ticket skied, on average, an estimated 2.3 days during the season. “Epic for Everyone provides those skiers and all of our guests the opportunity to participate in season pass discounts, and provides first time and occasional skiers greater access to our resorts, giving us an opportunity to grow the entire industry,”said Lynch.
The following are ideal pass options for skiers and snowboarders for the 2019-20 season.
|Adult Pricing||Child Pricing|
|Epic 1-Day Restricted Pass||$106||$55|
|Epic 1-Day Pass||$125||$65|
|Epic 2-Day Restricted Pass||$206||$107|
|Epic 2-Day Pass||$242||$126|
|Epic 3-Day Restricted Pass||$300||$156|
|Epic 3-Day Pass||$352||$183|
|Epic 4-Day Restricted Pass||$388||$202|
|Epic 4-Day Pass||$456||$237|
|Epic 5-Day Restricted Pass||$470||$245|
|Epic 5-Day Pass||$553||$288|
|Epic 6-Day Restricted Pass||$548||$285|
|Epic 6-Day Pass||$645||$335|
|Epic 7-Day Restricted Pass||$621||$323|
|Epic 7-Day Pass||$731||$380|