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Epic Pass Details

Your guide to deciphering the perks of the Epic Pass.


Epic Pass Updates for Credit Refunds for Shortened 2019-20 Season

On April 27, 2020, Vail Resorts announced that they will be refunding between 20-80% of the price paid for a 2019-20 Epic Pass with credits towards a pass for next season. The amount credited will depend on the number of days an Epic Pass was used during the 2019-20 season. 

“Our pass holders are our most loyal guests and we have spent weeks reading their emails and comments on social media to fully understand their concerns so we could respond thoughtfully and carefully,” says Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer at Vail Resorts, in a press release. “What became clear is that to address last season, a one-size-fits-all approach would not work. That is why we are providing our season pass holders credits based on the number of days they were able to use their pass.”

Every Epic Pass holder will receive a minimum of 20% credit towards a pass for next season. Those who used their 2019-20 Epic Pass for five days or less will receive higher credit, and those who did not use their pass at all will get an 80% credit for next season. The credits will be valid for use towards next season’s pass until Sept. 7, 2020.

“We recognize that some people may ask why we did not provide 100% credits or cash refunds for last season,” writes Lynch in the press release. “We capped our credits at 80% because our mountains were open and operating for the majority of the season and our passes could be used during that time.” 

In order to see what percent of credit your Epic Pass will carry over, Vail Resorts will be emailing individual pass holders over the coming weeks with this information as well as promotion codes. The credits can start to be used on May 13, 2020.

2020-21 Epic Pass Payment Changes

Vail Resorts also announced in late April that the Epic Pass will provide free pass insurance for the 2020-21 season. The new “Epic Coverage” includes protections in case of ski area closures due to pandemics, personal illness, and unemployment. The Epic Pass is also extending all springtime pass discount deadlines until Labor Day of 2020, and currently is allowing a $49 downpayment on a 2020-21 pass product for a few months.

“While we are confident we will have a great upcoming ski and ride season, we understand some people may be nervous about committing to a pass now in this current uncertainty,” says Lynch. “With that in mind, we are redefining pass protection with our new ‘Epic Coverage,’ free for all pass holders, and extending our spring deadlines to Labor Day to give them the time they need. We truly hope this plan honors our pass holders’ loyalty and provides them peace of mind for future.” 

Epic Pass Perks for 2020-21

Our ride for the day of cat skiing with Keystone Adventure Tours. With nearly 1,000 acres of terrain and fresh snow to explore just outside of…
Our ride for the day of cat skiing with Keystone Adventure Tours. With nearly 1,000 acres of terrain and fresh snow to explore just outside of Keystone Resort, we put this cat to work.Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts

Next season, show your Epic Pass to the cashier to get a 20 percent discount at any Vail-owned restaurant, mid-mountain lodge, or cafeteria at any of their North American resorts. This applies to any type of Epic Pass, including the Epic Local, Epic Day, Military, Summit Value, Keystone Plus, Keystone-Crested Butte 4-Pack, Park City 4-Pack, Tahoe Local, Tahoe Value, and the new-next-season Northeast Value and Northeast Midweek passes (see below). This program, called Epic Mountain Rewards, serves up that 20 percent discount not just on food and beverage purchases, but also on ski and snowboard lessons, lodging reservations, retail, rentals, and more. 

Do you like powder? Take 20 percent off guided cat skiing in Keystone and Whistler Blackcomb’s heliskiing packages. It’s basically a price cut across the board for Epic Passholders. No strings attached.

Also new next season, the Northeast Value and Northeast Midweek passes are a response to the 17 Eastern resorts that Vail picked up last year and offer unlimited, restricted access to Okemo, Mount Snow, and Hunter; 10 days at Stowe; plus unfettered access to resorts including Wildcat, Attitash, Mount Sunapee, and more. The Northeast passes start at $599.

Not an Epic Passholder? Vail Resorts has a new incentive to get you to become one. In effect beginning March 3, 2020, the Turn in Your Ticket program allows skiers who purchase a ticket between now and the end of the season to apply the cost of that ticket to an eligible Epic Pass product of their choice for next season (Epic Pass, Epic Local, and Epic Day with at least four days). Strings? This offer isn’t extended to those who purchased an Epic product in the current 2019-20 season.

We love the sound of discounts and incentives—despite the fact that the current ski season is still in full swing. It’s a good reminder, however, that next season’s passes are on sale, and that the lowest rates are available now. 

Unlimited Resort Access with Epic Pass

Kirkwood Inspection
“Right down there is all the stuff you can ski with an Epic Pass at Kirkwood.”Photo courtesy of Kirkwood

United States

  • Afton Alps, Min.
  • Alpine Valley, Ohio
  • Attitash Mountain Resort, N.H.
  • Beaver Creek, Colo. 
  • Big Boulder, Pa.
  • Boston Mills, Ohio
  • Brandywine, Ohio
  • Breckenridge, Colo. 
  • Crested Butte, Colo.
  • Crotched Mountain, N.H.
  • Heavenly, Calif./Nev.
  • Hidden Valley, Mo.
  • Hunter Mountain, N.Y.
  • Jack Frost, Pa.
  • Keystone, Colo. 
  • Kirkwood, Calif. 
  • Liberty Mountain Resort, Pa.
  • Mad River Mountain, Ohio
  • Mount Snow, Vt.
  • Mount Sunapee, N.H. 
  • Mt. Brighton, Min. 
  • Northstar, Calif. 
  • Okemo, Vt. 
  • Paoli Peaks, Ind.
  • Park City, Utah
  • Roundtop Mountain Resort, Pa.
  • Snow Creek, Mo.
  • Stevens Pass, Wash. 
  • Stowe, Vt. 
  • Vail, Colo. 
  • Whitetail Resort, Pa.
  • Wildcat Mountain, N.H.
  • Wilmot, Wis. 

Canada

Southern Hemisphere (Access starting in 2020)

  • Falls Creek, Australia
  • Hothham, Australia
  • Perisher, Australia

Limited Resort Access with Epic Pass

In addition to the ski areas listed above, the Epic Pass has a number of partners that offer a limited number of days at participating resorts. While most of the North American partners allow for lift access without any other stipulations, some international partners require additional purchases or reservations in order to use your Epic Pass. Please check out the Epic Pass website for the most up-to-date info and additional information.

United States (7 Days)

Telluride
An Epic Pass can get you turns like this in Telluride.Photo courtesy of Telluride

Canada (7 Days) 

  • Fernie Alpine Resort, B.C. 
  • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, B.C. 
  • Kimberley Alpine Resort, B.C. 
  • Mont-Sainte Anne, Qué. 
  • Nakiska Ski Area, Alta.
  • Stoneham, Qué. 

Europe

Please note that many of these European ski resorts have special requirements in order to use an Epic Pass. For more information, please read the fine print on the Epic Pass website.

Les 3 Vallées, France (7 Days) 

  • Val Thorens 
  • Méribel
  • Courchevel
  • Les Menuires
  • Saint Martin de Bellevelle
  • La Tania
  • Orelle
  • Brides-Les-Bains

Skirama Dolomiti, Italy (7 Days)

  • Madonna di Campiglio
  • Pinzolo
  • Folgarida-Marilleva
  • Pejo 
  • Ponte di Legno-Tonale 
  • Andalo-Fai della Paganella
  • Monte Bondone
  • Folgarida-Lavarone 

4 Vallées, Switzerland (5 days)*

  • Bruson
  • Verbier
  • La Tzoumaz
  • Nendaz
  • Veysonnaz
  • Thyon

Ski Arlberg, Austria (3 Days)*

  • Lech
  • Zurs
  • Stuben
  • St. Christoph
  • St. Anton

*Must book minimum 3 consecutive nights of lodging at participating property to redeem passes. Click here for more information.

Japan (5 Days)

  • Able Hakuba Goryu
  • Hakuba47 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
Gordy Megroz in Japan
Japow is real at Rusutsu.Photo credit: Keri Bascetta

Epic Pass Price Information

  • Adult: $979
  • Kids (12 and under): $499

Restrictions

  • No blackout dates at any of the limited or unlimited locations above for the full Epic Pass.
  • The Epic Local, Epic Day Pass, and a number of regional Epic Passes may have holiday restrictions. For more information, visit the Epic Pass website.

Extra Perks/Notes

  • 20 percent off lodging, dining, lessons, and more at Vail Resorts locations in North America. Learn more here.
  • 20 percent off guided cat skiing in Keystone and Whistler Blackcomb’s heliskiing packages.
  • 6 Ski With A Friend (SWAF) Tickets of varying discounts. Learn more here.

For more information and details about the Epic Local Pass, visit the Epic Pass webpage.