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post #1 of 21
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Here is a summary of a more detailed write-up at http://blog.skilodgingrental.com/2011/03/14/vail-resorts-epic-season-pass-on-sale-through-53011.aspx

 

VR has renamed the Colorado Pass to the Epic Local Pass and made it available online, even to first time purchasers.  It now includes Heavenly and Northstar with the same 11 blackout days (up from 9 this year) as the 10 days at Vail and Beaver.

 

The Keystone/A-basin & Summit pass have sorta been merged into the Summit Value Pass with the same 11 blackout days at Breck.

 

They also have a Tahoe Value Pass with the same blackout days, but no Saturday access at Northstar.

 

Spring benefits look similar to last year with prices about $50 higher for the Epic & Epic local pass.  The 4 buddy tixs are now $69 in CO and $60 in Tahoe with floating prices for the 6 ski with friends tickets.

post #2 of 21
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A new Spring purchase benefit that I forgot to mention is 2 free April 2011 days  in Tahoe w/ most passes, except Summit Value if paid in full...can still do the $49 down option, but you don't get this benefit.

post #3 of 21

I was kind of expecting to see KSL/Squaw in there.?

post #4 of 21

Did anyone mention that they dropped the price on the Epic Pass $20 if you sign up by May 8th?

Pretty rare to see a price drop, but there it is. 

 

We're thinking of getting this pass again for Northstar and Heavenly, and then a compliment pass for another resort like Squaw or Alpine Meadows.

Deals are out there to be had if you buy early, especially in the Rockies and Sierras.

post #5 of 21

There's been a ton of bitching about the Saturday blackouts at Northstar on the Tahoe pass... especially on facebook.  But I'm actually glad - I sprung for the epic local pass (since I'll be taking at least one trip to Colorado next season), but now I may consider going to Northstar on Saturdays more often since it won't be so crowded.  They had to do something.

post #6 of 21

Jay, we got the Epic Pass for the 10-11 season because we moved to Tahoe too late to get deals on anything else and live 40 min away from Northstar on a big snow day.

 

The cool things about it were(but not exclusive to)

  • Northstar is protected from the wind and served up some awesome tree skiing when other resorts were on wind hold and avy danger
  • No black out dates meant skiing when others were complaining that they were blacked out
  • Two(or was it three) trips to Colorado, including the upcoming trip to Abasin for Mothers day weekend is covered on the Epic Pass
  • Northstar staff is super friendly

 

I just keep telling all my friends at Squaw "Northstar sucks"

 

post #7 of 21

I will add, with the rumor of The Gathering being in Tahoe next year....This is a great pass to have for people traveling from Colorado and even for the locals. 

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Jay, we got the Epic Pass for the 10-11 season because we moved to Tahoe too late to get deals on anything else and live 40 min away from Northstar on a big snow day.

 

The cool things about it were(but not exclusive to)

  • Northstar is protected from the wind and served up some awesome tree skiing when other resorts were on wind hold and avy danger
  • No black out dates meant skiing when others were complaining that they were blacked out
  • Two(or was it three) trips to Colorado, including the upcoming trip to Abasin for Mothers day weekend is covered on the Epic Pass
  • Northstar staff is super friendly

 

I just keep telling all my friends at Squaw "Northstar sucks"

 


Funny I just came back from Squaw and the people there are so different.  Lifties are not very happy being there, they rarely smile or talk to you, but folks at northstar almost always talks to me and smile.  The patrons... omg... can i say a bit snobby at squaw?  A woman lining up for a chair lift said to me, "excuse me, just so you know, we are in line", I was like... wtf?? So is everyone else?? It's one of those 6 chair lifts where there are like 5 lines feeding into one... obnoxious!

 

post #9 of 21
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Funny I just came back from Squaw and the people there are so different.  Lifties are not very happy being there, they rarely smile or talk to you, but folks at northstar almost always talks to me and smile.  The patrons... omg... can i say a bit snobby at squaw?  A woman lining up for a chair lift said to me, "excuse me, just so you know, we are in line", I was like... wtf?? So is everyone else?? It's one of those 6 chair lifts where there are like 5 lines feeding into one... obnoxious!

 

What's really funny is when you ski at Northstar on an amazing powder day then bump into folks who "Couldn't ski" because Squaw was on windhold or avy danger.

Seriously, "couldn't ski"?
 

 

post #10 of 21

The way Northstar is shielded from the wind is seriously underrated (the same must be said for Homewood Mountain).  They didn't have a single day this year you couldn't make it to the summit, yet Sky over at Heavenly was closed or on windhold 25 days!!  I love Heavenly when it's all open but when Sky is closed (and Canyon) and you can't get over to Nevada (or back) without getting in your car or taking a shuttle, it's a serious buzzkill.  And of course the wind wreaks havoc on Squaw and Alpine Meadows too, although Alpine seems to be a little more liberal when it comes to keeping the lifts open.

post #11 of 21

I just spoke on the phone with Tara from A-Basin, she said they are honoring the 2012 Epic Pass this month.  That settles it for me.  :)

post #12 of 21

Ah, man....... I had no idea, thought the only spring benefits were at northstar and heavenly.  I'd hop on a plane and head out to CO, but I'm pretty sure my very pregnant wife would not appreciate it.
 

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Originally Posted by FairToMiddlin View Post

I just spoke on the phone with Tara from A-Basin, she said they are honoring the 2012 Epic Pass this month.  That settles it for me.  :)



 

post #13 of 21
Jay, I just spoke with the Epic Pass customer service folks, they said it doesn't sound right, so I called A-Basin back and spoke to Julia. You're right, they don't, the first person gave me bad info...

I got a Local Pass, but now I still need to get tickets for this week, ah well.
post #14 of 21

Are the discounted days you get with the spring benefits valid during the '11-'12 season?

post #15 of 21

Yes.  The four "buddy" tickets are $69 each.  You also get the six SWAF tickets which vary based on resort and day, but are typically in the $80 range.

post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Are the discounted days you get with the spring benefits valid during the '11-'12 season?


I think they are valid ONLY during the '11-12 season (not during this spring)

 

post #17 of 21

If you ski only 12 days per year, the per cost day of skiing with a typical big resort "Value Pass" is just over $30 per day. Decent golf courses cost 3x to 15x that (with Pebble Beach being on the high side).  The last trip to the symphony cost more than that.  Been to a baseball game lately...not cheap.  $30 per day or less at a top resort doesn't suck.

 

Add in three or four free tickets from getting the cheap preseason Tahoe/Snowbomb Card (this includes getting free tickets for attending the ski fest with a free ticket from getting the card) and the cost of skiing is even less.  For those who can ski 30 + days per year, skiing is cheaper on a per day basis than the cost of a movie ticket with popcorn.

 

This year I had no desire to buy a pass for the kids and me at Heavenly/Northstar since a lot of our Nordic and Alpine skiing is elsewhere.   But they had a deal that included two free April 2011 tickets plus the reimbursement of a days ticket cost if you bought a seasons pass on the same day you skied.  Three "free" days made the per day cost too good to ignore, despite the Saturday Northstar blackout. I'd rather ski Squaw, but their similarly priced "Bronze" pass blacks out all weekends in Jan. and Feb. 

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by jaytierney View Post

Ah, man....... I had no idea, thought the only spring benefits were at northstar and heavenly.  I'd hop on a plane and head out to CO, but I'm pretty sure my very pregnant wife would not appreciate it.
 

 


No doubt, the real question though is will she get over it?
 

 

post #19 of 21

For those of you who are on Facebook, you can "like" the Epic Pass Facebook page then enter to win an Epic Local Pass and a 3 night stay at  Northstar at Tahoe!!

 

http://apps.facebook.com/ns_fans_sweeps/contests/100606

 

I think I'll be posting this over at the Gathering thread too!

 

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 

The Epic (and other VR) pass price reduction was extended to May 30...

post #21 of 21

interestingly enough we paid our deposit on the last day of the "original" discount period, believe it was 8 May.  Our LOCAL passes arrived in the mail on 12 or 13 May; pretty fast for Vail processing.

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