The Epic Pass Is One of the Best Deals in Winter Travel and the Deadline to Buy One Is Almost Here (Video)
Skiing and snowboarding are two of the best parts of winter, and Vail Resorts' Epic Pass offers one of the best deals to do it. But in order to take advantage of this great bargain, you need to act fast.
The last day to buy the Epic Pass or the Epic Day Pass is Dec. 2, making it the perfect time to plan your winter getaway. The original deadline was Nov. 24 but has been extended to the delight of avid skiers.
“If you’re looking to maximize your winter season, the Epic Pass is the best way to save as it pays for itself after just four days on the mountain and provides access to world-class resorts across the globe,” Johnna Muscente, the director of communications at Vail Resorts told Travel + Leisure this week.
The Epic Pass offers skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to hit the slopes at any of the 37 mountains and ski areas that are part of Vail Resorts as well as partner resorts all around the world, all for the same price — and many of them are considered some of the best ski resorts in the country.
A season pass offers access to the company’s resorts for $989, as well as allows you to go to partner resorts as far as France and Japan.
The Epic Day Pass, new this year, allows snowbirds to purchase lift tickets for up to 50 percent off the lift ticket window price, and offers you the chance to carve up the mountain for as low as $95 per day.
Epic Day Pass holders can use the pass at any of the North American-owned resorts, including Stowe, Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, and Park City, and those who buy four or more days can also access resorts like Telluride, according to the company.
While it’s always been a good deal, the Epic Pass has even more value this season than in the past as Vail Resorts added 17 ski areas to this year’s pass, including Mount Snow in Vermont and Hunter Mountain in New York.
But if you miss the deadline, not to worry. You can still get a great deal — about 20 percent off the window ticket price — by booking your lift ticket at least seven days in advance of going.