Vail Resorts raises price for Epic Pass: Travel Weekly

Vail Resorts has begun selling the Epic Pass for 2022-23. 

The full-price pass, featuring unlimited access to 40 ski resorts, can be bought through April 21 for $841, up from the $783 minimum cost of this year’s pass.

The Epic Local Pass, featuring unlimited access to 29 ski areas and limited access to eight large North American ski areas, has an initial price of $626, up from $583 for this year’s pass.

Those prices are still well below the cost of Epic Pass’ primary competition, Alterra Mountain Company’s Ikon Pass. Ikon’s top-level pass for next year costs $1,079. 

Vail has also introduced Epic FlexPay for customers who buy the 2022-23 pass. Powered by Uplift, Flexpay allows Epic Pass buyers to defer payments with zero down payment and zero interest until as late as September.

Vail’s commissionable products, including the Epic Pass, are sold through its travel trade portal.

Ahead of next ski season, Vail plans to invest $300 million into the on-mountain experience at its 40 global ski areas, including 37 in the North America. The investments will include 21 new lifts across 14 resorts. 

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary will be Keystone Resort in Colorado, where a new six-person lift will open access to 16 new trails in the mountain’s Bergman Bowl.

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Other major beneficiary mountains will be Utah’s Park City, where two lift upgrades are being undertaken; British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb, which will upsize its Creekside Gondola from six-person cars to 10-per cars and also upgrade the Big Red Express lift; Mount Snow in Vermont, where three lifts will be upgraded; and the closely situated Pennsylvania ski areas of Jack Frost and Big Boulder, where a combined five lifts will be upgraded.

Vail Resorts, which faced criticism this winter related to labor practices, staffing levels and partial mountain closures, also recently announced that it will invest an extra $175 million in North American employees over the coming year.

The company will up its minimum wage to $20 per hour and will raise average hourly wages by 30%.

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