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North American Ski Pass Adds Iconic Euro Hotspots

Designed to appeal to jetsetting ski bunnies, Vail Resorts has added some of Europe’s most iconic ski resorts to their season pass.

Sep 04, 2016 | By AFPRelaxnews

Tis the season in the northern hemisphere to consider plans for ski season and Vail Resorts in North America has a quite a novel move in mind. Designed to appeal to jetsetting ski bunnies, Vail Resorts has added some of Europe’s most iconic ski resorts to their season pass.

For the 2016-2017 ski season, holders of the aptly named Epic Pass will be able to hit the slopes in North America as well as Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere in France; Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy: 4 Vallees in Switzerland: and Arlberg in Austria. Bear in mind that holders of the Epic Pass already have access to Australia.

The pass already provides access to resorts such as Park City Mountain Resort in Utah – the largest ski resort in the US – Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge in Colorado, among others.

The expansion into Europe will give pass holders access to a total of 19 ski resorts in North America and Europe this year, as well as the slopes of Perisher in Australia.

Les 3 Vallees is the world’s largest ski resort. Together with Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isere, the three areas feature five glaciers, 391 ski lifts and more than 800 miles (about 1,290 km) of marked runs.

Verbier, part of the 4 Vallees ski area, is the largest resort in the Swiss Alps and recognized as one of the premier “off piste” resorts in the world.

It is the latest development from the world’s leading global mountain resort operator. Last month, Vail Resorts announced that it reached a deal to acquire Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in Canada – North America’s largest and busiest ski resort – for $1.05 billion.

Other international ski passes for the 2016/2017 season include the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus, which also provides access to Mt. Ruapehu, and Cardrona Alpine Resorts in New Zealand and Tomamu, Alts Bandai and Nekoma in Japan.

The Mountain Collective Pass also gives holders access to 14 ski resorts in North America including Jackson Hole (Wyoming), Whistler Blackcomb and Revelstoke in British Columbia and Mammoth (California), along with two days each at Valle Nevado in Chile, Hakuba Valley in Japan and Chamonix in France.

The Epic Pass is available on a promotional offer for $809 through September 5.

 

 
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