Minnesota’s Afton Alps and Michigan’s Mr. Brighton are both part of the Epic Pass, which offers unlimited access to all of Vail Resorts western ski areas as well as both Midwest resorts. It offers as much slope time for diehard Heartland skiers and riders as they want.
The choice is simple for those that want to ski and ride all season both locally in the Midwest and out West. The Epic pass, which is currently $789 for an adult and $409 for children (5-12), allows you unlimited access all season to Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton,Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Arapahoe Basin, and even Australia’s Perisher Resort for the 2016 season.
It also offers six ski-with-a-friend discount tickets loaded into your pass. There are no blackout dates. You’re good to go on all holiday periods as well.
The Epic Local Pass, $599 adult, $469 teen, and $309 for a child (5-12), offers unlimited access to the Midwest areas, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe; limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Vail and Beaver Creek have holiday restrictions.
There are also Epic seven-day and four-day passes for those that plan on skiing just a limited number of days. With the seven-day pass you get seven days out West and seven days at the local Midwest ski area. It’s same with the four-day pass, four out West, four locally.
If you have no western trip plans and want to ski only at Afton Alps or Mr. Brighton for the season there’s the local passes that are $419 for an adult and $289 for a senior. For a family of three at Afton Alps, it’s $899 and for a family of four, $1149. Mt. Brighton, for a family of four, is $1,249.
Photos: Top -- Minnesota's Afton Alps is part of Vail Resorts Epic Pass, as is Mt. Brighton (below) in Michigan. (Aston Alps/Facebook; Mt. Brighton/Facebook)