I'm considering getting the Vail Epic pass for Verbier, Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées, France, and Niseko United, Japan. To be clear, they mean:
5 consecutive days at Verbier
5 consecutive days at Les 3 Vallees
5 consecutive days at Niseko
So 15 days in total?
The problem with Verbier and 3 Vallees is that to get the 5-day pass you MUST stay in *in-resort* lodging in Switzerland and for France, within the zip codes - 73550, 73120, 73570, 73600, 73440, and 73140.
Has anyone been able to find affordable lodging in these places while doing your Epic pass days? I'm used to staying at hostel bunks for $40 USD a night.
I'm thinking that Switzerland is out of the question because it's all in-resort lodging. I'm guessing $200+ USD a night at a minimum.
A 5-day pass for Verbier is ~$334 USD, so the Epic Pass gets you a "free" $334-worth of passes. And probably $1000+ just for lodging...
For Les 3 Vallees, a 5-day pass is $290 USD. Good cheap hostels in the zip codes 73550, 73120, 73570, 73600, 73440, and 73140?
For Niseko, a 5-day pass is $231 USD. There's Kanon Backpackers for $40 a night.
Mod note: moved to International Zone