The past two ski seasons haven’t been perfect with the abrupt closure last year and the below-average snowfall this season, but you have to admit that even an imperfect ski season is still a good ski season in Summit County. Even better is a big cost savings for next year. Listen up, Epic Pass skiers and riders!
Many of us stopped in our powder tracks when hearing the Vail Resorts broadcast teaser stating “This Changes Everything.” Speculation was rampant on social media with comical guesses ranging from black light night skiing to lifetime bans for anyone who causes the lift to stop. Vail Resorts left us all sitting on the edge of the chairlift for a few weeks before finally breaking the good news. The 2021-2022 Epic Pass prices have been slashed by 20%, equating to a price break of $146 for the Epic Local Pass and $196 for the Epic Pass. Further, reservations will not be required and pass insurance is included at no additional costs for all passes.
As industry pioneers, Vail Resorts was the first ski resort company to offer multi-resort season passes back in 2008. Since that time, multiples have popped up at various competing mountains all over the country. Vail Resorts is the first to drop the cost of a season pass after a steady price increase year after year, making it significantly less expensive than its primary competitor, the Ikon Pass. Next season’s Epic Pass will be the same price as it was back in 2015-2016 when only 11 resorts were included as compared to the 70 Vail Resorts' mountains today.
In a letter to passholders, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz stated, “The new prices announced today not only provide value to existing skiers and riders, but we also believe they will contribute to the growth and vitality of our sport as we bring new people and higher engagement into the industry, which we think is imperative.” Despite anyone’s personal feelings about Vail Resorts, no other entity has done more to make skiing more affordable for those who ski on a frequent basis.
While it may seem the motivation is more Epic Pass sales, that can be argued with the fact the Vail Resorts dropped the prices of all passes including the military pass and the Epic Day Pass. Visitors who know they won’t ski more than 7 days can purchase an Epic Day Pass for only $87/day up to 7 days (cost is $16/day more for holidays). Going even further than that, all new for the 2021-22 season is an Epic Day Pass for only $67 which provides access to North American Resorts with the exception of Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Park City, Whistler and Blackcomb. Newbies can try out the beloved sport at a more reasonable cost.
Don’t forget that your Epic Pass comes with perks. Be sure to use them!
- 20% off food and beverages (excluding alcohol) at participating on-mountain restaurants
- 20% off ski school
- 20% off equipment rentals
- 20% off participating outfitters, mountain activities and summer vendors
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