Sunny riding ahead for Stowe. (Stowe/Facebook)
On the heels of the news that Vail Resorts will be buying Stowe, buyers of the Epic Pass can now count Vermont as one of their destinations next winter. Vermont and the Northeast will be watching how this new pass offering will play out amidst the many other options for skiers and riders looking to maximize their time on the snow.
Priced at $859 through April 9 for adults, the Epic Pass plans to offer unlimited access to Stowe (subject to the closing of the acquisition) as well as 44 other resorts across North America for the 2017-18 winter season.
After surveying passholders for the last couple of years and asking, “what’s important to you?” Okemo has totally revamped their pass offerings for the coming season. Simplifying pass options from eight to four, Okemo’s full-access adult pass, the Ultimate, is now selling for $1139, almost $400 dollars less than last year’s spring price.
“For the season pass shopper, it’s a buyer’s market right now. There’s some great deals,” Okemo’s Bonnie MacPherson told SnoCountry.com. In addition to the M.A.X. Pass add-on benefit, perks like a season pass to the Adventure Zone, bike park, unlimited use of the skating rink, and access to the Nordic Center were added. Skiers in the 80-plus set can now buy a Classic Pass for $39, and are still eligible for the M.A.X. Pass add-on.
Sugarbush has revamped their season passes for the 2017-18 winter, lowering the adult pass rate to $799 through May 3, a 30 percent savings from last spring's rate. They’ve added a new For30s Pass for anyone ages 30 - 39 for $549. Plus, as members of the Mountain Collective, Premium passholders get 50 percent off daily lift tickets at 15 Collective resorts around the globe.
At Jay Peak, however, pass prices remain where they’ve been for the last three years, with the full adult pass coming in at $799. “We feel we have always had our pass prices priced correctly. Over the last ten years we have always been between $600 and $700,” Jay Peak’s JJ Toland told us. “The person buying the Jay Peak pass buys it primarily because Jay Peak gets the most snow, and the additon of the Epic Pass is not going to change that.”
Toland added, “I do think the addition of the Epic Pass at Stowe is overall going to be great for Vermont. The marketing that Vail will put in to that pass in markets like Boston and New York is going to serve to bring a lot of eyeballs to Vermont.”