Ski season is here, the resorts are slowly opening, and if you haven’t bought a season pass yet, your time is running out — at least, for the Epic Pass. Vail Resorts announced this week that on Dec. 3 at 11:59 a.m. MST, the Epic Pass will be pulled from sale. That leaves any prospective (procrastinator) buyers less than two weeks to pull the trigger.
Vail’s announcement also outlined some deals for passholders for the 2023-2024 season. If you’ve already made your Epic Pass purchase, you’re eligible for the Pass Holder Exclusive Cyber Sale (Nov. 21-27), which offers 20% off of lodging rates for the season, plus an additional 20% off with Epic Mountain Rewards.
So far among Vail’s resort family, Keystone, Vail, Breckenridge, Park City Mountain, Stowe, and Okemo have already opened their slopes. Whistler Blackcomb and Beaver Creek are hot on their heels with targeted opening dates in late November, and Kirkwood and Steven’s pass should open in early December. Before long, the entire Vail Resorts collection of mountains will be open for shredding.
Vail Resorts Epic Pass & Other Ski Pass Options
If you haven’t bought your full Epic Pass yet, you will be paying a premium for it. The pass has been steadily increasing in price as the kickoff to ski season has grown closer. Now at $1,025 for the full adult Epic Pass and $795 for the Epic Local Pass, they are as expensive as they’re going to get. But, with day passes at Vail pushing $250 on weekends, it would still be worth the purchase if you intend to ski more than four days this season.
But, if you miss Vail’s Dec. 3 deadline, you can also check out the Ikon Pass, which, as of this writing, isn’t pulling sales for season passes — yet. The full Ikon is $1,309, and the Ikon Base is $979. It will almost certainly not be on sale much longer, though, so act soon.
There is also the Mountain Collective Pass, which gives holders two days at each of 24 small mountain destinations ($650). The Indy Ski Pass is a third option, that similarly offers two days at each of over 180 resorts. The full Indy Pass is $500, and the Base Indy Pass is $400. However, there is currently a waitlist for hopeful Indy Pass buyers.
If you’re interested in getting your Epic Pass before the opportunity is gone, visit the Vail Resorts website before noon MST on Dec. 3. If you already have your Epic Pass and want to book some lodging for a trip, check out the Pass Holder Cyber Sale before Nov. 27.