A modest price increase, more choice for multi-day passes, and a monthly no-interest payment plan are among the changes as the Epic Pass for the 2022-2023 winter season comes on the early-season market.
After a tumultuous season for its mountain managers -- staffing shortages, lift closings, long lines, and cuts in operations -- Vail Resorts continues down the road of its "Epic for Everyone" campaign. The early-season price for full-on Epic Pass went up 7% but still gets skiers and riders on all 37 of as the least-expensive multi-mountain season pass across the skiing and riding landscape.
For skiers and snowboarders in the West, any changes to the Epic Pass will mainly be in the pocketbook, although both Sun Valley and Snowbasin will no longer be seven-day partners. Telluride remains the sole seven-day option for full Epic Pass holders, along with four in the Canadian Rockies.
The Epic options for the next season expand the choice in the cut-rate Epic Day Pass. Pricing comes for 1-7 days and is also tiered for 37, 32 or 22 of Vail-owned mountains. For Western skiers and riders, only the top-priced Day Pass gets you on all 10 resorts in the Rockies and Sierra. Mid-tier price cuts out all Colorado resorts except Keystone and Crested Butte, while the lowest-priced option is only good for Midwest and East, eliminating all of Vail's Western resorts.
The less expensive Local Pass returns with a particular focus in Colorado and California. In the West, unlimited skiing and riding can be had at Keystone, Breckenridge and Crested Butte, and Washington's Stevens Pass. Holiday blackouts apply to Vail, Beaver Creek, and Park City in the Rockies, and Kirkwood, Heavenly, and Northstar in the Lake Tahoe area. And, all Local Pass holders get 10 restricted days at mothership Vail and Beaver Creek.
In 2022, Vail Resorts purchased three resorts in Pennsylvania to increase its Northeast resort portfolio to 16 resorts.
As with all season passes, the Epic Pass is cheapest when bought in the spring. The initial deadline is April 10. Early purchasers get a bonus of 10 buddy passes.