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Vail Resorts has released its batch of 2022-2023 discounted ski season passes after attracting more than two million skiers last year with the cut-price tickets.
The Epic Pass went on sale today and offers skiers and snowboarders up to 20 percent off their tickets for next year’s season.
The $841 season pass gives skiers and snowboarders access to 40 resorts in north America, Canada and Australia, including Vail, Whistler, Breckenridge and Park City. It also offers limited access to Telluride, Colorado. The Epic Local Pass for $626 offers access to a handful of resorts in North America. Travelers can also opt for passes for the number of days they wish to ski or ride.
The Epic 2-Day Pass rangers per resort from $86 to $183, while the four day pass is between $162 and $347. Vail Resorts released the tickets on Monday.
They will be valid starting fall 2022. This year, skiers and riders can also pay for their passes over time in installments, making them even more affordable.
While the discounts are good news for travelers and those wishing to hit multiple resorts in the new season, they were far from embraced by the locals in towns like Vail last year, when many complained about them leading to a crowds and long lift lines.
This year, Vail Resorts has promised 21 new high speed lifts across 14 resorts along with additional trails to try to ease congestion.
Vail Resorts last year was inundated with complaints from locals about long wait times for lifts. The company says it will add 21 new high speed lifts at 14 busy resorts to alleviate the congestion
The 2021-2022 season saw more than 2million people snapping up tickets – a record for the resort group.
This year, Vail Resorts are adding 21 new high speed lifts across 14 of its busiest resorts in an effort to alleviate crowds.
They include two new high speed express lifts in Vail, two in Park City, two in Whistler Blackcomb and two in Keystone, Colorado.
The group says it is also starting to invest $175million per year for its employees wages, housing and more. Vail Resorts will also pump $300million into improvements across its resorts.
‘We will not waver in our commitment to continuously reinvest in the ski and ride experience with the goal of creating an Experience of a Lifetime for our Pass Holders.
‘We are making bold investments to ensure we have a fully staffed team of passionate, engaged employees and adding 21 new lifts across 14 of our resorts to help skiers and riders get up and around the mountains faster and easier.
This year, Vail Resorts says it will invest $300million to improve the resorts so that they are better equipped to handle the influx of tourists for next season
The improvements include multiple new chairlifts and high speed gondolas in some of the busiest resorts, like Vail
In Keystone, Colorado, 16 new trails are being created to help decrease lift wait times and give people more room on the slopes
The company is adding two new chairlifts in Park City, one of its most popular resorts, to ease wait times too
The discounted tickets bring prices down from $1,000 per season for unlimited access to all resorts to $841. Travelers can now also opt to pay over time
‘We are committed to providing an amazing value and experience to our Pass Holders,’ said Ryan Bennett, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.
In Whistler Blackcomb, the resort will upgrade the six-person Creekside Gondola to a high-speed 10-person gondola, which will ‘significantly improve wait times, and replace the Big Red Express with a high-speed six-person chair to increase uphill capacity by nearly 30%’, they say.
Last year, locals complained about the sudden influx of tourists which meant longer lift lines, busier slopes and difficulty reserving restaurants in towns.
At the time, Vail’s head of communications said that the problem was worsened by the fact that warmer-than-usual conditions led to lift hours shortening.
‘The early months of this ski and ride season were challenging for a variety of reasons, and I am proud of the tremendous work of all our teams who reacted quickly to execute improvements across our resorts,’ she said.
‘Our goal is always to provide our guests an amazing experience and I am confident we have a great season ahead of us,’ CEO Kirsten Lynch said.
Last year’s increased sales brought the company a 76 percent jump from the 2019–20 pass sales and raised earnings 30 percent from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2021.