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Vail resorts pass prices pitched to Michigan skiers for 2013/14

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The following guide can help Michigan skiers and snowboarders choose the best season pass options for them, based on how much they plan to ski and ride locally and out West. All passes are available for purchase at www.epicpass.com.

Ski or Ride Locally and Out West

  • The Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for snow sports enthusiasts who want to take their annual ski vacation out West and ski unrestricted in their backyard all season long. The Epic Local Pass at $529 offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Mt. Brighton, as well as at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with some limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The pass also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. At the spring rate, the Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days when skiing at the western resorts and is only $130 more than a Mt. Brighton Pass. A discounted rate is also offered for college students at $479 (proof of 12 credit hours in the 2013-2014 school year is required).
  • The Epic Local Child Pass: Children ski and ride on the Epic Local Pass all next season at Mt. Brighton for $130 less than the adult Mt. Brighton Pass. New this year, at $269, all children age 12 and under can receive unlimited access with no restrictions at Mt. Brighton, as well as unlimited access to resorts out West, including Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The pass also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions.
  • The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $689. Unlimited skiing or riding at Mt. Brighton, as well as at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe at $689 for adults and $359 for children (ages 5-12). No restrictions. At this spring rate, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days when skiing at the western resorts.

Ski or Ride Mt. Brighton Only

  • Mt. Brighton Adult Pass: Perfect for people who only plan to ski or ride at Mt. Brighton. At $399, nearly the same price introduced last spring for the 2012-2013 season, pass holders receive unlimited access to Mt. Brighton with no restrictions. A discounted rate is also offered for seniors at $329 and college students for $269 (proof of 12 credit hours is required). Discounts are available for families.

Ski or Snowboard Out West Any Day of the Season for a Great Value

Vail Resorts also offers options for guests who want to ski out West but don't plan to ski more than seven days next winter:

  • Epic 7-Day™: Perfect for people who don't plan to ski more than seven days. The Epic 7-Day gives skiers and snowboarders a total of seven unrestricted days of skiing at Mt. Brighton, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar, plus Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $529. Ski any seven days of the season all season long. At the spring rate, the Epic 7-Day pays for itself in just over four days.
  • New this year, the Epic 4-Day™: Perfect for people who only plan to take one ski vacation.  The Epic 4-Day at $349 offers four unrestricted tickets valid at Mt. Brighton, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin. At the spring rate, the Epic 4-Day pays for itself in less than three days.

Pay $49 Down Now and Lock in The Lowest Price Available with Six Buddy Tickets
Vail Resorts is making it as easy as possible for guests to lock in the lowest guaranteed pass prices with a $49 down payment now and the remaining balance due in mid-September 2013. Season pass holders also will receive six discounted single-day lift tickets, or "buddy" tickets, to ski with family and friends. The lowest guaranteed 2013-2014 season pass prices and the six buddy tickets are only guaranteed through April 14, 2013. After April 14, those who purchase a season pass will receive only two buddy tickets.   

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Yeah, I thought it was funny when I got the email for my epic pass renewal and the banner at the top was "Mt Brighton is EPIC"

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Hmmm, well.... I live twenty five miles from Mt. Brighton and I'd like to get more MI turns in but the cost/benefit analysis usually keeps me home reading epicski instead.  This deal looks pretty sweet.... except, ya know... it's Vail.  If Intrawest did something similar I'd jump on it in a second.

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More info about Mt Trashmore "Vail East"

 

http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/new-owner-vail-will-invest-millions-in-mt-brighton-ski-resort/

 

Looks like Vail is going to pump $10M into it.

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From VR chief marketing officer Kirsten Lynch:

 

“It’s a very special place steeped in snow sports tradition and we intend to honor that legacy by bringing additional enhancements to the ski area and creating more value for Michigan skiers and riders.”

 

Steeped in snow sports tradition?  Special place?  Hmm, well, this marketing sounds nicer than..... reality.

 

AFAIK, there are four lift served hills convenient to the metro Detroit area.  Personally I would rank Mt. Brighton third on that list but 10mil in dirt piled on top and lift relocation could maybe make it a better option than the rest.  But really, if I were interested in this offer I'd look at it thusly:

 

$399 is a cheap season ticket around here so if I were super keen on skiing a 200' hill a whole bunch of times I'd buy that pass then consider whether the extra $129 would be worth it to add a few Breck/ABasin days to my western forays.

 

As it is, even if I get really motivated to ski locally, I'd be hard pressed to make a $399 investment pay for itself.

 

Also, to be clear, when I express a preference for Intrawest over Vail it's not because I think Intrawest in any less evil, it's just that I really enjoy the whole skier experience offered by one of the Intrawest resorts whereas I cringe when I think of visiting most of the Vail resorts.

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> Steeped in snow sports tradition?

 

translation: the lifts are really old and slow., and the rental skis pre-date the shaped ski era.

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"we intend to honor that legacy"= T.J. and Dexter Jr. star in Keystone Extreme.

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