SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., March 6, 2018—Yesterday, Vail Resorts unveiled a partnership with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) to include seven total days at RCR properties—Fernie, Kicking Horse, and Kimberly in B.C., Nakiska in Alberta, and Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham in Quebec—on the Epic Pass. The pass went on sale today for the 2018-19 season, with the top tier priced at $899—the same price as Alterra Mountain Company’s Ikon Pass.
The Epic Pass provides unlimited access to VR’s 15 properties with no blackout dates. New this year, in addition to the seven days at the RCR resorts, the pass also includes seven days at Telluride and a total of five consecutive days at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski areas in Japan. Including the varied access at 30 different resorts in Europe, the top-tier Epic Pass provides some level of access to a total of 61 resorts.
The Epic Local Pass is on sale for $669, with unlimited access to Breck, Keystone, and A-Basin in Colorado, and Wilmot, Wis., Afton Alps, Minn., and Mt. Brighton, Mich. Park City, Utah, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Cali, and Stowe, Vt., all have 11 blackout dates. Local Passholders get 10 total days at Vail and Beaver Creek, Colo., and Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
The Epic 7-Day Pass is also $669, with no blackout dates. The Epic 4-Day Pass is $439, with no blackout dates.
Last but not least: in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Epic Pass, VR is offering a $99 Epic Military Pass to active and retired military and their dependents. VR will also donate $1 to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for every season pass sold for the 2018-19 season. Vail Mountain’s founders, Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton, were both members of the 10th Mountain Division ski troops in World War II.
The Epic and Epic Local both come with six “buddy tickets” when purchased before April 15. All products but the 4-Day Pass come with six “ski-with-a-friend” tickets.