The Ultimate Global Ski Pass27 Apr, 2017 by Investors In Property
Extent has always been somewhat of a hot button topic at Investors in Property. We’ve long been of the opinion that a large ski area isn’t the be all and end all, and you can get as much from skiing a 30km area as you do a 200km ski area, if you know where to go. That being said, the Epic Pass is something a little bit different.
Over the last few years, Vail Resorts have really stepped up their quest to take over the world; last year, they added Whistler Blackcomb to their portfolio. So it’s not too much of a surprise to hear that their Epic Pass really is, well, epic. This season the Pass covered the largest ski area in the world, and the new additions make it easily the most effective global ski pass around.
Covering some of the best ski resorts across the world, the Epic Pass is an annual season pass that gives holders access to any resort it covers across North America, Europe and Australia. The 2017/18 season will be the first year that Whistler is covered by the Epic Pass, after the buyout in summer.
Until recently, the Epic Pass almost entirely bypassed the big European ski areas. The inclusion of two days each in the Trois Vallees, Espace Killy and the Paradiski areas, as well as three days in the newly connected Arlberg region in Austria and the Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy, added for the first time this season, changes all of that.
Of course, the pass has offered five free ski days in the 4 Valleys for a while now, but this year marked the first that the Epic Pass had a significant presence in the Alps. In fact, the Epic Pass is the only multi-resort pass to offer significant access to both North American and European ski resorts. It now covers some of the most iconic ski resorts in the world, including St Anton, Courchevel and Verbier.
The 2017/18 pass is available already, so if the idea of skiing all over the world is your cup of tea there’s no need to wait; and if you’ve got a friend who likes the idea of an epic ski season as much as you do, you can get a pair of buddy tickets for a discount rate!