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With Epic Pass In Hand, Hit The Road (And Airports)

Vail-Far-View Trails and trails as far as the eye can see at Vail. (Vail Mountain/Facebook)

Here’s a sample road trip for those who have purchased an Epic Pass, have a week or two on the loose, and are ready to ski and ride across the West without having to shell out for a day ticket.

Begin at the Epic epicenter, Vail Mountain. Take a couple of days to cover all 5,200 acres – and more if you wander over to neighbor Beaver Creek and check out the World Cup downhill Birds of Prey.

Breckenridge groomers can been seen from Keystone chair. (Keystone/Facebook)

Drive over Vail Pass and hit up Breckenridge and Keystone, a couple of Summit County mountains that feature wide-open green and blue runs. Apres-ski, check out town of Frisco that’s replete with breweries and mountain cuisine.

Endless carving at Park City Mountain (Park City Mountain/Facebook)

Head back over the pass and catch the daily flight from Eagle County Regional Airport to Salt Lake City. After a short shuttle ride, the behemoth Park City Mountain awaits. With eight peaks and 7,300 acres, this former silver mining area requires a multi-day stay to fully absorb. A side visit to Olympic Park’s jumps and bobsled runs completes the venture.

Back to Salt Lake for a short flight to Reno, Nev. Again, a shuttle will whisk you to Lake Tahoe where a trio of Epic resorts await.

Ski in two states at Heavenly above Lake Tahoe (Heavenly/Facebook)

Famed Heavenly Valley overlooks the south end of the lake, with 3,000 feet of vert over 4,600 acres – and a California-Nevada stateline at mid-mountain. A lake boat ride, night at the casinos or tour of Bonanza’s Ponderosa Ranch can top off the visit.

Challenging terrain dominates Kirkwood. (Kirkwood/Facebook)

Head around the shoreline to Kirkwood, with its high-intensity chutes and gullies dropping right into the lake. Continue to north end, past Agate Bay and up to Northstar California -- another 3,000-plus acre mountain with wide variety of terrain. Treat yourself to a night at the Ritz Carlton at the base.

Wind up the trip by carving up Northstar. (Northstar California/Facebook)

Then it’s right over the hill to the Reno airport and a flight back home.

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