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Vail Resorts Launches Epic Pass For 2023-2024 Ski Season

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As many know, ski resorts can be very expensive. A single weekend on the slopes can cost you several hundred dollars, from your ski pass, to the ability to use the chair lift, to other ancillary fees.

If you’re a fan of skiing or snowboarding, you’ll love the new 2023-2024 season of Epic Pass options from Vail Resorts, allowing skiers to bundle more value in exchange for paying upfront.

Here’s how you can save on your Epic Pass next winter!

Epic Pass

The most inclusive pass is simply called “Epic Pass” and runs $909 per year.

With Epic Pass, you’ll get unlimited access to over 40 Vail-owned ski resorts, the most out of any of the passes. Resorts include Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Heavenly, Keystone, Kirkwood, Northstar, Park City, Stevens Pass, Stowe, Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, and many others. Passholders also have access to partner resorts, such as those at Telluride.

All said and done, when you factor in the partner opportunities, you’ll have the chance to ski at over 80 resorts.

Epic Local Pass

The Epic Local Pass is $676, but only provides access to 29 resorts (hence the more “local” of options), including Breckenridge and Keystone. You’ll be able to ski Heavenly, Park City, and Stowe, though you won’t be able to do so on peak restricted days, such as major holidays. Lastly, you’ll be able to enjoy 10 days total to use at Beaver Creek, Vail, and Whistler Blackcomb.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort. Image Credit: Christophe Laurenceau via Unsplash

Epic Day Pass

The Epic Day Pass option is customizable depending on which resorts you want to visit, but prices will range about 65% off of the retail rates.

You’ll enjoy multi-day passes (1 to 7 days), with the option to add holiday access. Here’s an example of the price ranges:

  • Epic 2-Day Pass from $93 to $198
  • Epic 3-Day Pass from $137 to $289
  • Epic 4-Day Pass from $175 to $375

Other Benefits

All passes will include additional benefits such as:

  • Buddy tickets, allowing you to take a friend 10 times on the slopes at no extra charge.
  • 20% off food and beverages, hotels, lessons, rentals, and other ancillary expenses on the mountain.
  • Installment pay options, where you can pay monthly toward your pass to help those who may not be able to pay for the pass at one time.
  • Ability to refund portions of your pass if you are injured, sick, or lose your job, with the Epic Coverage scheme.
  • Mobile pass, allowing you to store tickets on your phone on the new My Epic app.
  • Access to select European resorts, where you’d otherwise have to be a member.
  • No reservations needed except for Telluride Ski Resort.

Hot Tip: Epic Pass, Ikon Pass, Mountain Collective… which pass is right for you? Check out our ultimate guide to season ski passes around the world!

Final Thoughts

If you’re a skier and go often, it will definitely be worth checking out these Epic Pass options. The savings can be considerable compared to paying a daily rate, though you’ll have to commit to the cost of your pass upfront, unless you opt to pay in installments for your Epic Pass.

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About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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