Vail Resorts Announces Epic Local Pass Providing Access to America’s Largest Resort for as Low as $579

10 March 2015
  • This summer Vail Resorts is set to invest an unprecedented $50 million into Park City Mountain Resort, combining it with Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the U.S.
  • Skiers and riders encouraged to buy now to receive six discounted Buddy Tickets and lowest guaranteed price
  • Epic Local pays for itself by the fourth visit
  • Visitors can apply the price of their day ticket to the cost of a season pass
  • $49 down locks in the lowest guaranteed price
Park City, UT (March 10, 2015) – Season passes for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season go on sale today and Vail Resorts’ Epic Local Pass will provide access to Park City Mountain Resort, which will be combined with Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the country at 7,300 acres, for only $579.  The Epic Local Pass offers unlimited days of skiing with 11 holiday restrictions in Park City and also includes unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe. A total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek are also included, with holiday restrictions. Putting $49 down now will lock in the lowest guaranteed price and each pass holder will receive six discounted Buddy Tickets to use at any of the resorts.

“There truly is no better ski or snowboard value being offered in the state of Utah,” said Bill Rock, Park City’s chief operating officer. “When you consider the acreage and the variety of terrain, and then add in $50 million dollars of improvements that will completely transform the ski experience and the additional access to Colorado and Tahoe, there is no pass in this market that compares with the Epic Local Pass.”
 
The improvement plan, which totals over $50 million, is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will transform the guest experience at Park City Mountain Resort. The plan would establish a gondola connection between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, creating the largest single ski area in the country with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, and complete a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure of both resorts, including upgraded lifts, new and upgraded restaurants, new and widened trails and additional snowmaking. The plan will be subject to approval by both Summit County and the City of Park City.
 
Beginning March 10 and offering additional incentive to purchase early, skiers and riders visiting Park City and Canyons this spring can turn in their day lift ticket and apply the value of that ticket toward the purchase of a season pass.  Early purchasers also receive six Buddy Tickets for friends and family to use during winter 2015-16.
 
Vail Resorts 2015-16 Season Pass Options for Utah Skiers and Snowboarders
  • 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 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.
  • The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $769. Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 11 resorts including Park City; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe;  Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.  No blackout days or restrictions apply.  The Epic Pass pays for itself in just under five days.
  • Park City Youth Pass: Only for Utah resident college students, teens, and children, the Park City Youth Pass features unlimited, unrestricted access to Park City for $289 for children (ages 5-12), $309 for teens (ages 13-18) and $399 for college students. Proof of Utah residency/property ownership is required. College students purchasing the Park City Youth Pass must show proof of full-time status for 2015-16 school year and proof of residency in the state. The Park City Youth Pass pays for itself in just over three days.
Pay $49 Down Now and Lock in The Lowest Price Available Now with Six Buddy Tickets
Skiers and riders should purchase their passes for next year now.  Early prices with six discounted single-day lift tickets (or “Buddy” Tickets) to ski with friends and family are only guaranteed through April 12, 2015. Vail Resorts is making it as easy as possible for guests to lock in these prices with a $49 down payment now with the balance due in mid-September 2015.
 
Season Pass Insurance Option: Protect Your Pass Investment in the Event of an Unexpected Circumstance
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of its pass products are non-refundable. However, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including illness, injury and job loss. Coverage applies for all season passes valid for the 2015-2016 ski and snowboard season.  For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.  
 
Season Pass Auto Renewal Program
The Vail Resorts Season Pass Auto Renewal Program is the most convenient way to automatically renew your season pass every year, while guaranteeing next season’s lowest price. Valid on all Vail Resorts season passes, excluding college and certain senior passes. The program automatically charges $49 down to a credit card each spring, with the remainder charged in the fall for the same product pass holders purchased when initially enrolling in the Auto Renewal Program. Customers must opt-in to the Auto Renewal program and they may cancel their enrollment at any time, prior to the following spring when the $49 down payment is charged.
 
Special Pass Holder Benefits
All Vail Resorts season pass purchasers will receive exclusive offers and promotions on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season. In addition, skiers and riders who purchase their passes this spring will also receive special benefits for summer 2015, including access to sightseeing gondola rides at the company’s resorts.
 
For more information about Vail Resorts season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.  For a full schedule of resort activities, visit www.parkcitymountain.com/events.html and www.canyonsresort.com/events.html.
 
Media Contacts:
Andy Miller
Park City Mountain Resort
(435) 647-5415
ammiller@vailresorts.com

Margo Christiansen
Canyons Resort
(435) 615-3308
mchristiansen@vailresorts.com

Caitlin Martz
Canyons Resort
(435) 615-4843
cmartz@vailresorts.com
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction 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.
 
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