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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Aug. 18, 2015 – Labor Day Weekend marks the deadline for the best prices on Vail Resorts' Epic Pass. The Epic Pass offers guests access to unrestricted, unlimited skiing for the 2015-16 winter season to the premier ski resorts in the U.S. Available for just $769 for adults and $399 for children, pass holders gain unlimited, unrestricted access to over 32,000 acres at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland.
“The Epic Pass offers unparalleled access to the best skiing in the U.S.," said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "The Epic Pass provides the best value, is the easiest to use and is the most popular pass."
For visitors looking to take only one ski trip during the 2015-16 winter season, the Epic 4-Day provides four days of unrestricted access to Vail Resorts' mountains in Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe. At just over $1,200 for a family of four, the Epic 4-Day is a 35 percent savings compared to lift tickets.
Vail Resorts 2015-16 Upgrades
Guests can look forward to $50-million in new improvements combining Park City and Canyons to create one Park City across 7,300 skiable acres of terrain; the project is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will be ready for the 2015-16 winter ski season. The plan includes the eight-passenger two-way high-speed Quicksilver gondola with mid-station and new trails, upgraded King Con and Motherload Lifts, new Miner's Camp Restaurant, snowmaking upgrades and restaurant renovations.
Vail Resorts will also invest approximately $10-15 million morein other resort improvements to elevate the guest experience, bringing its five-year resort investment total to more than $515 million. Improvements will include upgrading Vail Mountain’s Avanti Express Lift (#2) to a six-passenger high-speed chairlift, expanding the “refreshing” snowmaking system at Beaver Creek, adding new snowmaking on the recently opened Peak 6 terrain at Breckenridge and rejuvenating the Keystone Lodge. More information on upgrades can be found at vailresorts.com.
Vail Resorts season pass information:
* The Epic Pass: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $769. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can't be beat. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No blackout dates. A child pass is $399.
* Epic Local Pass: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $579, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton, with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $299.
* Epic 7-Day: Is great for guests who don't plan to ski more than seven days next winter. The pass features seven unrestricted days of skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 7-day is $579 for adults and $299 for children (ages 5-12). In addition, pass holders will receive a total of seven free days of skiing at Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton. The Epic 7-Day pays for itself in under four days of skiing and riding and provides more than 45 percent savings compared to lift tickets purchased at the lift ticket window next season.
* The Epic 4-Day: Is optimal for guests planning one ski vacation during the 2015-16 winter season. $389 for adults and $219 for children (ages 5-12). Ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin, plus a total of four days at Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton. This pass pays for itself in just over two days and offers a savings of over 35 percent compared to lift tickets. And, for a little over $1,200 a family of four can ski four days at the best ski resorts in the U.S.
Six Ski-With-A-Friend Benefit Tickets
Epic Pass, Epic Local and Epic 7-Day pass holders will automatically receive six discounted Ski-With-a-Friend lift tickets to use for friends and family. All pass holders receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mt. Brighton, Afton Alps and Arapahoe Basin. Additional season pass benefit information can be found at www.epicpass.com.
Season Pass Insurance Option
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Coverage applies for all Epic season passes and is valid for the 2015-16 ski season. Season pass insurance starts at just $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Biggest Savings of the Year on Lodging
Throughout the year, Epic Pass holders save up to an additional 20 percent off the lowest lodging rates and existing promotional packages with Vail Resorts owned and operated properties. The discounts are even deeper this week when pass holders book during Vail Resorts' biggest sale of the year, the 96 Hour Sale, by Friday, August 21 at 11:59PM MDT.
Direct Flights to Nearby Airports
Access to Epic Pass resorts is easy with direct access to Denver International Airport(DEN), Eagle County Airport(EGE), approximately 25 minutes west of Beaver Creek and Vail; Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), approximately 1 hour northeast of Lake Tahoe, and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), approximately 35 minutes from Park City.
For more formation on the Epic Pass and all of its benefits, please visit www.epicpass.com.
About Vail Resorts, Inc.
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company's subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher, Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.