2021/22 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Pass

Newsroom Lift Passes 2021/22 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Pass

Multi-resort passes like the Epic Pass are a great way to ensure you get your ski days in and diversify where you ski while also saving a considerable amount of money.  With the addition of multiple resorts to the Epic Pass family in both North America and the Southern Hemisphere during the offseason, including a slew of newly acquired Peak Resorts ski areas last season, the 2021/22 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. More good news: All three Epic Passes have been reduced by 20 percent. 

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. Consider this your shopping guide to sort out what Epic Pass will work best for you.

Vail's back bowls
Drop into Vail’s back bowls with the Epic Pass.

Here are full details on the Epic Pass.

What and for whom?

Vail Resorts created the Epic Pass over a decade ago, even before the number of ski areas under its ownership skyrocketed. You’ll find plenty of skiing and riding — far more than you can slide in a season with one of the three versions of this pass. The pass is for skiers and snowboarders looking for loads of time on the slopes at multiple destinations.

Where?

Heavenly
Heavenly overlooks beautiful Lake Tahoe. Ski it with the Epic Pass.

USA: West — Heavenly, Calif./Nev; Kirkwood, Calif; Northstar, Calif; Stevens Pass, Wash.

Midwest — Afton Alps (Minn); Alpine Valley, Ohio; Boston Mills, Ohio; Brandywine, Ohio; Hidden Valley, Mo; Mad River Mountain, Ohio; Mt. Brighton, Minn; Paoli Peaks, Ind; Snow Creek, Mo; Wilmot, Wis.

East — Attitash, N.H.; Big Boulder, Pa.; Crotched Mountain, N.H.;   Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Jack Frost, Pa; Liberty Mountain, Pa;  Mount Snow, Vt;  Mount Sunapee, N.H.; Okemo, Vt;  Roundtop Mountain Resort, Pa; Stowe, Vt; Whitetail, Pa.;  Wildcat, N.H.

Rockies — Beaver Creek, Colo; Breckenridge, Colo; Crested Butte, Colo; Keystone, Colo; ; Park City Mountain Resort, Utah; Snowbasin, Utah; Sun Valley, Idaho; Telluride, Colo.; Vail, Colo.

Canada — Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.; Fernie Alpine Resort, B.C.; Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, B.C.;  Kimberley Alpine Resort, B.C.; Mont-Sainte Anne, Qué.; Nakiska Ski Area, Alb.; Stoneham, Qué.

Southern Hemisphere — Falls Creek, Hotham, and Perisher, Australia

Les Menuires
Les Menuires in the Three Valleys of France is part of the Epic Pass.

Europe — Les 3 Vallées, France (Val Thorens, Méribel, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Bellevelle, La Tania, Orelle, Brides-Les-Bains);  Skirama Dolomiti, Italy (Madonna di Campiglio; Pinzolo; Folgarida-Marilleva; Pejo; Ponte di Legno-Tonale; Andalo-Fai della Paganella; Monte Bondone; Folgarida-Lavarone); 4 Vallées, Switzerland (Bruson, Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon); Ski Arlberg, Austria (Lech, Zurs, Stuben, St. Christoph, St. Anton).

Japan —Able Hakuba Goryu; Hakuba Winter Sports Park; Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort; Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field; Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort; Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort; Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Resort; Hukuba Sanosaka Snow Resort; Jigatake Snow Resort; Kashimayari Ski Resort; Tsugaike Kogen Snow Resort; Rusutsu.

Full Epic Pass

Who: Skiers and riders looking for unlimited access to multi resorts.

Where: Unlimited days at 38 resorts in North America:

USA: West — Heavenly, Calif./Nev; Kirkwood, Calif; Northstar, Calif; Stevens Pass, Wash.

Midwest — Afton Alps, Minn; Alpine Valley, Ohio; Boston Mills, Ohio; Brandywine, Ohio; Hidden Valley, Mo; Mad River Mountain, Ohio; Mt. Brighton, Mich; Paoli Peaks, Ind; Snow Creek, Mo; Wilmot, Wis.

East — Attitash, N.H.; Big Boulder, Pa.; Crotched Mountain, N.H.;   Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Jack Frost, Pa; Liberty Mountain, Pa;  Mount Snow, Vt;  Mount Sunapee, N.H.; Okemo, Vt;  Roundtop Mountain Resort, Pa; Stowe, Vt; Whitetail, Pa.;  Wildcat, N.H.

Rockies Beaver Creek, Colo; Breckenridge, Colo; Crested Butte, Colo; Keystone, Colo; ; Park City Mountain Resort, Utah; Telluride, Colo.; Vail, Colo.

And more: 7 days at Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin; 7 days at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies; 5  days at Hakuba Valley and Rusutso, Japan; 26 European resorts.

Restrictions: North America: None; 26 European resorts have some restrictions such as tying into lodging packages.

Cost: $799 (prices scale up as the season approaches).

Mt. Snow
Pull down the bubble on a cold day at Mt. Snow using the Epic Pass.

Epic Local Pass  

Who: For unlimited skiing at 25 resorts and some 10 days total at Vail Resorts’ flagships.

Where: 

USA: West — Stevens Pass, Wash.

Midwest — Afton Alps, Minn; Alpine Valley, Ohio; Boston Mills, Ohio; Brandywine, Ohio; Hidden Valley, Mo; Mad River Mountain, Ohio; Mt. Brighton, Mich; Paoli Peaks, Ind; Snow Creek, Mo; Wilmot, Wis.

East — Attitash, N.H.; Big Boulder, Pa.; Crotched Mountain, N.H.;   Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Jack Frost, Pa; Liberty Mountain, Pa;  Mount Snow, Vt;  Mount Sunapee, N.H.; Okemo, Vt;  Roundtop Mountain Resort, Pa; Stowe, Vt; Whitetail, Pa.;  Wildcat, N.H.

Rockies Breckenridge, Colo; Crested Butte, Colo; Keystone, Colo;

Additional access: 10 days total over Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler-Blackcomb; 2 days each at Sun Valley and Snowbasin (50 percent discount once days are used); 5 total days at Hakuba Valley, Japan.

Restrictions: Holiday access is restricted at Park City Mountain Resort, Utah; Northstar, Calif; Stowe, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo; Heavenly, Calif.; Kirkwood, Calif.; Vail, Colo. and Whistler-Blackcomb, BC. Advanced Lift Ticket Rate available during blackout dates at Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, and beyond 10 days.

Cost: $599 (adult) Note: Discounted tickets available for pass holders during restricted times at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Stowe.

Mt. Brighton
Consider an Epic Pass at Michigan’s Mt. Brighton.

Epic 4-Day Pass

Who: Best for those planning a shorter vacation. Other combinations from 1 to 7 days are available.

Where:

USA: West — Heavenly, Calif./Nev; Kirkwood, Calif; Northstar, Calif; Stevens Pass, Wash.

Midwest — Afton Alps (Minn); Alpine Valley, Ohio; Boston Mills, Ohio; Brandywine, Ohio; Hidden Valley, Mo; Mad River Mountain, Ohio; Mt. Brighton, Minn; Paoli Peaks, Ind; Snow Creek, Mo; Wilmot, Wis.

East — Attitash, N.H.; Big Boulder, Pa.; Crotched Mountain, N.H.;   Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Jack Frost, Pa; Liberty Mountain, Pa;  Mount Snow, Vt;  Mount Sunapee, N.H.; Okemo, Vt;  Roundtop Mountain Resort, Pa; Stowe, Vt; Whitetail, Pa.;  Wildcat, N.H.

Rockies — Beaver Creek, Colo; Breckenridge, Colo; Crested Butte, Colo; Keystone, Colo; ; Park City Mountain Resort, Utah; Snowbasin, Utah; Sun Valley, Idaho; Telluride, Colo.; Vail, Colo.

The Epic 4-Day, 5-Day, 6-Day, and 7-Day Passes include access to Telluride in Colorado, Snowbasin in Utah, Sun Valley in Idaho, and the six (6) Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. Epic 1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day Passes with all-access, and all Epic Day Passes with limited access do not include access to partner resorts. Holiday restrictions also apply at partner resorts.

Cost: $332 (adult). Customizable pass 1-7 flex days valid at 43 resorts.

Restrictions: Holiday restrictions apply at Telluride, Snowbasin, Sun Valley, and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Even more info:

What are Epic Mountain Rewards? This is a loyalty program that gives pass holders discounts such as 20 percent off lodging, dining, lessons, and more at Vail Resorts locations in North America; 20 percent off guided cat skiing in Keystone and Whistler Blackcomb’s heliskiing packages; 10 Buddy Pass tickets, offering up to 45 percent off window rates; 6 Ski With A Friend (SWAF) Tickets of varying discounts

Can I upgrade my pass? You have a good shot at it as long as passes remain on sale. But, not online. Call them at (970) 754-0008.

Do young kids ski free? Yes, kids 4 and under receive free lift access with the 4 and Under Epic Pass. The child must be 4 years old or under at the time of purchase. Redeem at any Vail Resorts owned-and-operated ticket window. The child must be accompanied by an adult on the mountain at all times.

Is there a break for college students? A College Epic Pass is available for $524. There are more selective college passes available for those only skiing Summit County, Colo; Lake Tahoe, and a few Midwest Resorts such as Anton Alps and Mt. Brighton. Only the two Midwest Resorts include holiday use.

What if I change my mind? Well, don’t. Passes are non-refundable. However, Epic Coverage, included with all pass purchases,  provides refunds associated with illness, job loss, injury, and certain resort closures. If any of the below happens over the course of the season, you may qualify for a full or prorated refund. Terms and conditions apply. Keywords, as in all travel insurance policies, are”may qualify.”

Can I ski a day here and there? You will need to purchase the Epic Day Pass, providing you with 1-7 days at each of the 37 resorts, but don’t even think about using it on holidays. Cost is a low of $87 for one day, rolling up to $517. Still, at this price point, consider going for the local pass and have more fun during the season.

Can we oldies get goodies? Sure, if you are 65 and older. The Tahoe Value Pass for seniors is $359 and gives you 7 days a week at Heavenly and 6 days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. Live in the Northeast or Midwest? It’s even better. You can ski at 18 resorts for $359 including (Midwest): Boston Mills, OH; Brandywine, OH; Alpine Valley, OH; Mad River Mountain, OH; Mt Brighton, MI and (East):  Wildcat Mountain, NH; Attitash Mountain Resort, NH; Mount Sunapee, NH; Crotched Mountain, NH; Jack Frost, PA; Big Boulder, PA; Whitetail Resort, PA; Liberty Mountain Resort, PA; Roundtop Mountain Resort, PA. (No holiday access at: Okemo; Mount Snow; Hunter Mountain and Stowe. Stowe also has a 10-day limit.

Is there a midweek deal, too? Yes for the Northeast resorts listed above. The cost is $359 for adults and $271 for seniors.

Which pass is best for me? It obviously depends on how often and where you plan to ski or ride. No matter what, if you plan to hit those snowy slopes five times or more this season, purchasing a pass will be worth it.  But, do your homework. Compare the Epic Passes carefully and also check out the IKON and Indy passes since they offer pass programs for many other mega and local ski areas in North America and around the world.

But, so you can compare resorts, pricing, and rules, check out our news on the 2021-22 IKON Pass, Mountain Collective, and the 2021-22 Indy Pass.

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