Vail Ski Season 14/15 Approaches

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It’s been another top notch summer season in Vail, Colorado, and as the days begin to get shorter the buzz gets stronger in anticipation of the upcoming ski season. Starting on November 21, Vail and its affiliate cousin mountains will be up and running and providing even more of those amazing days that have become the trademark of this legendary ski zone. It’s world-class for a good reason; several reasons actually. Not only is the weather fine and the snow divine, but you get a whole selection of excellent mountains to choose from – it’s not just Vail Mountain. There are a dozen ski resorts within reasonable distance of Vail as base camp, allowing you to explore the abundance of slopes to your heart’s content. As Vail ski season 14/15 approaches rapidly, the time has come to plan your winter getaway.

The Colorado Rocky Mountains are in the prime zone for excellent skiing and snowboarding. The conditions are often perfect and in Colorado alone there are 55 peaks with an elevation higher than 14,000 feet, offering a diverse range of terrain for all skill levels and interests. Located an hour west of Denver, Vail is the largest ski resort in America, encompassing over 5,000 acres of gorgeous real estate. It’s also one of the highest ranked for quality of service and experience. Yet the other Colorado resorts are great, too. So how do you decide? Well, if you’re into skiing or snowboarding more than four days in Colorado this year, pick up an Epic Pass. After all, if something’s worth doing it’s worth doing right.

1. Epic Pass

Colorado is epic and so can you. When you buy an Epic Pass, you’re not only giving yourself the freedom to choose between over a dozen ski resorts, you’re saving money after the season’s pass pays itself off in five days. That’s basically a week long holiday for many visitors to Vail, and it gives you the impetus to return and ski as much as you possibly can. The freedom that it gives you, not having to wait in lines and coming and going as you please to the best that Colorado has to offer, is simply unbeatable. And not only do you get full unlimited access to the state’s greatest, you also get five free days in resorts in Japan, Switzerland, and France! Hmm, worldwide access? May just have to plan an overseas ski trip now that you mention it.

Adult: $729
Child: $379

 Ski as much as you want, whenever you want with unlimited access at the following resorts:

  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek
  • Breckenridge
  • Keystone
  • Canyons
  • Heavenly
  • Northstar
  • Kirkwood
  • Afton Alps
  • Mt. Brighton
  • Arapahoe Basin

The Epic Pass also includes 5 FREE DAYS at each of the following international resorts:

  • Verbier, Switzerland
  • Les 3 Valées, France
  • Niseko United, Japan

2. Epic Local Pass

If you’re cool with a pass that has a few restrictions, pick up an Epic Local Pass. It pays for itself in 4 days. You still get unlimited riding or skiing at Breckenridge, Keystone, Mt. Brighton, Afton Alps, and Arapahoe Basin – yet you’ll have limited restrictions at Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood. The Epic Local Pass also includes 10 restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek. (Prices lowered from last year.)

Adult: $549
Teen: $429
Child: $279

3. Epic 7-Day

A third option is also ideal for people who are only doing a week of skiing or riding this season. It pays for itself in 4 days, giving you basically 3 free days. While the same rate as the limited yet year-round Epic Local Pass, this 7-day pass gives you unrestricted and unlimited access during a one-week period.

Receive 7 unrestricted tickets valid at:

  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek
  • Breckenridge
  • Keystone
  • Canyons
  • Heavenly
  • Northstar
  • Kirkwood
  • Arapahoe Basin

Plus 7 FREE DAYS at Afton Alps or Mt. Brighton

***All three of the above varieties of Epic Pass come with six (6) Ski-With-A-Friend discounted tickets automatically loaded onto your pass.***

4. Epic 4-Day

Same as the aforementioned seven-day variety, just replace it with four days and keep all the same applicable resorts.

Adult: $369
Child: $209 

Epic Pass Benefits

Epic Pass benefits extend beyond just the unlimited skiing and snowboarding. Season’s pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, an exclusive community that helps you get even more out of your pass through exclusive deals and events – where the more days you get in, the more value you get out of your pass. Flash Your Pass and score hot deals and discounts throughout Colorado. At Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Keystone you get free rental upgrades and 15% off food and drink at all on-mountain restaurants. 

You can also choose to synch your credit card with the pass so it can be used to charge directly. You’re also automatically enrolled into the PEAKS Rewards program whereby you earn points with purchases to redeem for prizes. 

EpicMix

All the Epic Passes include access to EpicMix social media. This futuristic app documents all your activity on any of the Colorado mountains listed. It automatically tracks and captures your activity on the slopes and uploads it to the EpicMix dashboard. Here you’re able to track your vertical feet and see exactly where you’ve skied and for how long. It’s like a journal or logbook of your activities on the hill. With social media functions, you’re able to earn EpicMix pins for various achievements and collect points to then share over Facebook and Twitter. With the new gondola in Vail now outfitted with wifi, your open access has just taken on an epic new meaning.

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