By Stacey Leasca
July 24, 2019
Courtesy of Mount Snow

On Monday, Vail Resorts announced it’s adding a whopping 17 ski areas to this year’s Epic Pass. The news is so big it kind of has us wishing summer was over already.

In the announcement, Vail Resorts shared that it acquired Peak Resorts, which adds 17 U.S. ski areas to its already massive network of resorts.

The new destinations include: Mount Snow in Vermont, Hunter Mountain in New York, Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain and Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire, Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River Mountain in Ohio, Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri, and Paoli Peaks in Indiana.

“We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to add such a powerful network of ski areas to our Company,” Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts, said in a statement. “Peak Resorts’ ski areas in the Northeast are a perfect complement to our existing resorts and together will provide a very compelling offering to our guests in New York and Boston. With this acquisition, we are also able to make a much stronger connection to guests in critical cities in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest and build on the success we have already seen with our strategy in Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit. The acquisition fully embodies our philosophy of Epic for Everyone, making skiing and riding more accessible to guests across the U.S. and around the world.”

The Epic Pass, which has been a longtime favorite among hardcore skiers and snowboarders, now allows access to 79 different ski areas around the globe. The pass includes unlimited access to Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City, Heavenly, Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Perisher, Falls Creek, and Hotham in Australia just to name a few. Though, that access doesn’t come cheap as the full Epic Pass costs $939 for the season.

Vail Resorts also has a cheaper alternative known as The Local Pass, which grants access to a smaller number of ski areas including 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. That pass runs at $699 a season for adults.

“The ski areas within the Peak Resorts portfolio exemplify the spirit of our sport as well as our Company’s mission to provide an Experience of a Lifetime to guests,” Katz added. “We’re thrilled to welcome the resorts and their employees into the Vail Resorts family and invest in their continued success.”

Need to narrow down the places you want to ski this winter? Check out Travel + Leisure’s ultimate ski guide and start praying for snow soon.

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