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Vail Resorts' 2014-15 Epic Pass Now on Sale with Access to Eleven US Ski Resorts and Niseko United in Japan

- 2014-15 Epic Pass holders receive unlimited, unrestricted skiing in Colorado, Utah and Tahoe, as well as five consecutive free days at Niseko, Japan

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that the Epic Pass is now on sale for the 2014-15 season at epicpass.com. While more multi-resort passes continue to emerge, the Epic Pass is still unmatched in terms of popularity, access and value, offering unlimited and unrestricted skiing and riding  at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan for the 2014-15 winter season. New this year, the Epic Pass also offers five free consecutive ski days at Niseko United in Japan.

The Epic Pass is $729 for adults and $379 for children (ages 5-12) and pays for itself in just over five days of skiing or riding. Guests can pay just $49 by April 13, 2014 to lock in the guaranteed lowest price for a season pass. The remaining amount will be due in mid-September 2014. Purchasers of an Epic Pass will receive six Buddy Tickets this spring and scenic chair lift access to its Colorado, Utah and Lake Tahoe resorts during the summer months.

Vail Resorts continues to offer the best value in the snow sports industry, with access to 28,830 skiable acres, 27,136 vertical feet, 34 terrain parks and 40 skiing bowls, as well as complimentary access to mountains across multiple continents.

"The Epic Pass continues to be an industry-changing ski pass and the best pass deal for skiers and snowboarders across the snow sports industry," said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "There's a reason we sell the Epic Pass in 80 countries and all 50 states. This is the one pass that lets you chase the powder at the world's finest resorts, including Japan. This is the pass for true skiers and riders." 

Vail Resorts offers multiple pass options for the 2014-15 season:

  • The Epic Pass™: Unlimited skiing at every resort all winter for $729. Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 11 resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan.  No blackout days or restrictions apply.  New for winter 2014-15, Epic Pass purchasers will have access to five complimentary consecutive days at Niseko, Japan–known as one of the snowiest and most celebrated powder skiing resorts in the world.  At this spring rate, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.
  • The Epic 4-Day ™ is optimal for guests planning one ski vacation during the 2014-15 winter season. $369 for adults and $209 for children (ages 5-12). Ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin. This pass pays for itself in less than three days and offers a savings of up to 30 percent compared to lift tickets. And, for a little over $1,000 a family of four can ski the world's best ski resorts whenever they choose.
  • The Epic 7-Day ™ is ideal for guests planning to ski seven days throughout the winter season. $549 for adults and $279 for children (ages 5-12). Ski or ride a total of seven unrestricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe, Mt. Brighton and Afton Alps.

Pay $49 Now and Lock in The Lowest Price Available 

Vail Resorts is making it easier for guests to lock in the lowest guaranteed pass prices with a $49 down payment now and the remaining balance due in mid-September 2014. The lowest guaranteed 2014-15 season pass prices with the best benefits are available only through April 13, 2014. 

Season Pass Benefits

Epic Pass and all Vail Resorts season pass holders will receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Mt. Brighton, Mt. Afton and Arapahoe Basin. Six Buddy Tickets will automatically be issued to guests putting $49 down before April 13, 2014. Access to Niseko, Japan is only provided to Epic Pass holders and not holders of other passes offered by Vail Resorts (Epic 4-Day, Epic 7-Day, Epic Local Pass, Tahoe Local Pass, Summit Value Pass and Tahoe Value Pass). All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Season Pass Insurance Option

Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company's season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferrable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12). Coverage applies for all season passes and the Epic 4-Day and Epic 7-Day valid for the 2014-15 ski season.

For more information about Vail Resorts' season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.               

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

SOURCE Vail Resorts, Inc.

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