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Cruising Beaver Creek groomers.

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Epic Passes have rolled out for next season, and the choices are broad. Here’s our shopping guide to sort out what Epic Pass will work best for you. 

Epic Pass

Who: For skiers and riders looking for unlimited access to 13 Vail Resorts.

Where: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, California; Perisher in Australia for the 2016 Southern Hemisphere winter; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.

Plus: 5 complimentary days at Whistler Blackcomb

Restrictions: None.

Cost: $849 adults, $439 kids ages 5-12.

Value: Pays for itself after five days. 

Epic Local Pass

Who: For unlimited skiing and riding at six Vail Resorts and restricted lift access at six Vail Resorts.

Where: Skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Wilmot, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton any day of the season.

Restrictions: Blackout holiday periods include Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Weekend at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Skiing or riding is limited to 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek.

Plus: 5 complimentary days at Whistler Blackcomb

Cost: $649 adults, $509 teen ages 13-18, $339 kids ages 5-12.

Value: Pays for itself in four days. 

A skier sinks into powder at Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. - ©Vail Resorts

A skier sinks into powder at Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe.

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Tahoe Passes

Who: For Lake Tahoe fans.

Where: Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar.

Tahoe Local Pass: Unlimited skiing at the three Tahoe resorts, plus five bonus days to be used outside holiday restrictions at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Park City.

Tahoe Value Pass: Ski or ride seven days per week at Heavenly, but only Sunday through Friday at Northstar and Kirkwood. No additional perks for other Vail Resorts are included.

Cost: Tahoe Local Pass—$529 adults, $419 teen ages 13-18 and $269 kids ages 5-12; Tahoe Value Pass—$449 adults, $369 teen ages 13-18, $219 kids ages 5-12, $369 seniors.

Sun soaking at Breckenridge. - ©Vail Resorts/Jack Affleck

Sun soaking at Breckenridge.

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Epic 4-Day and 7-Day

Who: Best for those planning a one-week vacation or short getaway to one or more of nine Vail Resorts.

Where: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.

Cost: Epic 4-Day ($439 adults, $239 kids ages 5-12) and Epic 7-Day ($649 adults, $339 kids ages 5-12).

Added Perks: Four or seven free days at Midwest resorts: Wilmot, Afton Alps or Mt. Brighton. 

Colorado Passes

Who: For Colorado residents and some visitors.

Summit Value Pass: Unlimited skiing and riding at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and limited restrictions at Breckenridge, with the exception of holiday blackout dates at Breckenridge.

Keystone-Arapahoe Basin Pass: Ski or ride to your heart’s content at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, with the exception of holiday periods.

SchoolKids tickets: 16 free lift tickets for Colorado kids in elementary school. The free tickets are valid for four days at each resort: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. 

Cost: Summit Value ($539 adults, $429 teen ages 13-18, $319 kids ages 5-12) and Keystone-Arapahoe ($299 adults, $219 kids ages 5-12). 

Midwest skiing at its best at Michigan's Mt. Brighton. - ©Vail Resorts

Midwest skiing at its best at Michigan's Mt. Brighton.

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Midwest Passes

Who: For Midwest skiers and riders who will ski at home and may vacation at one or more of eight Vail Resorts.

Where: Unlimited skiing with no blackout dates at one Midwest resort: Wilmot, Afton Alps or Mt. Brighton.

Vacation Perk: Discounted tickets available for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar or Kirkwood.

Cost: Prices vary by resort. 

Epic Australia Pass

Who: For Aussies who ski Perisher and plan to visit the U.S. for a ski holiday.

Where: Ski or ride as much as you want at Perisher during 2016 with no blackout dates, plus unlimited resort access for 2016/17 North American winter to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.

Restrictions: Blackout dates for U.S. holiday periods at all Vail Resorts in U.S.; 10 days of lift tickets for Vail or Beaver Creek.

Cost: $859 adults, $489 kids to age 12, $569 seniors. 

Most passes come with additional perks when purchased by April 10. Some perks includes six buddy tickets and/or six ski-with-a-friend tickets. For some passes with blackout dates, discounted lift tickets are available for purchase.  

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