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Buyer's Guide to the Epic Pass- ©Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte gives Epic Pass holders access to some of the most advanced terrain in Colorado.

Copyright: Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Epic Passes have rolled out for next season, and the choices are broad. With the addition of multiple resorts to the Epic Pass family during the offseason, the 2018/2019 ski season promises to be the best yet for pass holders. Itinerant skiers and riders can use the Epic Pass to access multiple states, countries and even continents while accumulating unlimited days at their local resorts between trips.

Numerous pass options allow for a tailored mountain experience with everything you need and nothing you don't. Choosing which season pass best suits your ski and ride needs has never been easier. Here’s our shopping guide to sort out what Epic Pass will work best for you. 

Epic Pass

Purchase by 10/7/18

Who: For skiers and riders looking for unlimited access to 19 Vail Resorts.

Where: Unlimited access to Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Northstar, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Mt. Brighton, Afton Alps, Stowe, Wilmot, Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, Okemo, Stevens Pass and Perisher.

7-days at Telluride.

7-days total at Fernie Alpine, Kimberley Alpine, Stoneham, Kicking Horse, Nakiska, Mont-Sainte Anne.

5-days total (consecutive) at Hakuba Valley, Japan: Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort, Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Jiigatake Snow Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Snow Resort, Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort, Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Resort, Kashimayari Ski Resort.

Access to 30 European resorts across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.

Restrictions: None

Cost: $929 adults, $479 kids ages 5-12

Epic Local Pass

Who: For unlimited skiing and riding at 10 Vail Resorts.

Where: Unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, Okemo, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Steven Pass and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Stowe. Also includes a total of 10 days (holiday restricted) at Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb. 

5-days total (consecutive) at Hakuba Valley, Japan: Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort, Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Jiigatake Snow Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Snow Resort, Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort, Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Resort, Kashimayari Ski Resort.

Restrictions: Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb are restricted: 11/23/18-11/24/18, 12/26/18-12/31/18, 01/19/19, 02/16/19-02/17/19. Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Stowe are restricted: 11/23/18-11/24/18, 12/26/18-12/31/18, 01/19/19, 02/16/19-02/17/19.

Cost: $689 adults, $559 teen ages 13-18, $369 kids ages 5-12.

The Epic Pass grants access to Breckenridge's 3,398 feet of vertical.   - © Liam Doran

The Epic Pass grants access to Breckenridge's 3,398 feet of vertical.

Copyright: Liam Doran

Tahoe Passes

Who: For Lake Tahoe fans.

Where: Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar.

Tahoe Local Pass: Unlimited skiing or riding at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week, with limited holiday restrictions. Saturdays included at all resorts. 5 total holiday restricted days at: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Arapahoe Basin.

Tahoe Value Pass: Access to Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with limited restrictions. All Saturdays restricted at Northstar and Kirkwood.

Cost: Tahoe Local Pass—$589 adults, $479 teen ages 13-18 and $299 kids ages 5-12; Tahoe Value Pass—$499 adults, $419 teen ages 13-18, $249 kids ages 5-12, $419 seniors.

Remember to keep your eyes on the road.  - © Heavenly Mountain Resort  

Remember to keep your eyes on the road.

Copyright: Heavenly Mountain Resort  
Epic 4-Day and 7-Day

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

Where: 4-Day: A total of four unrestricted days valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Arapahoe Basin, Telluride, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne, and Stoneham), plus four free days total at Wilmot, Afton Alps or Mt. Brighton.

7-Day: A total of seven unrestricted days valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Arapahoe Basin, Telluride, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne, and Stoneham), plus seven free days total at Wilmot, Afton Alps or Mt. Brighton. 

Cost: Epic 4-Day ($479 adults, $259 kids ages 5-12) and Epic 7-Day ($689 adults, $369 kids ages 5-12).

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.

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

Cost: Summit Value ($569 adults, $459 teen ages 13-18, $329 kids ages 5-12) and Keystone-Arapahoe ($369 adults, $269 kids ages 5-12). 

Epic Australia Pass (2019/2020 Season)

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

Where: Unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher for the 2019 season. Access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California; and Stowe in Vermont for the 2019/2020 season (holiday restrictions apply). 10 days combined between Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek during the 2019/2020 season (holiday restrictions apply). Unlimited, unrestricted access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte, and Stevens Pass for the 2019/2020 season. Five consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley, Japan for the 2019/2020 season.

*Disclaimer: Resort access and benefits at Okemo, Crested Butte, and Mount Sunapee are pending closure of the transaction to acquire Triple Peaks. Resort access and benefits at Stevens Pass are pending closure of the transaction to acquire Stevens Pass Resort. Both transactions are expected to close in Summer 2018.

Cost: AU$799

2018/2019 Season Pass Guide

Crested Butte gives Epic Pass holders access to some of the most advanced terrain in Colorado. - © Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kirkwood - © Vail Resorts
Breckenridge - © Vail Resorts/Jack Affleck
Vail Powder December - © Dave Neff

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