Sun Valley and Snowbasin are pleased to announce that they will join the industry-leading Epic Pass starting with the 2019-20 season. We are excited to form this alliance with the Epic Pass to provide additional benefits for our pass holders, and to introduce Epic Pass holders to our renowned resorts and the unique communities in which we operate. Sun Valley and Snowbasin are and will continue to be, 100% independently-owned and operated.
What is the Epic Pass?
There are many Epic Pass products that provide access to Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations as well as other partner resorts that have an alliance with the Epic Pass like Snowbasin and Sun Valley. Snowbasin and Sun Valley will accept four Epic Pass products starting with the 2019-20 season: Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day Pass, and Epic 4-Day Pass.
Why did Snowbasin and Sun Valley decide to join the Epic Pass for next season?
Snowbasin and Sun Valley wanted to provide more options for our guests and to be a part of the industry-leading pass. The Epic Pass is strictly a season pass alliance and does not constitute any ownership with Vail Resorts.
What is the relationship between Snowbasin, Sun Valley, and Vail Resorts?
Snowbasin and Sun Valley are 100% independently-owned and operated. They have formed an alliance with Vail Resorts to offer benefits to each other’s season pass holders.
How long will Snowbasin and Sun Valley be a part of the Epic Pass?
There is a multi-year alliance with the Epic Pass starting for the 2019-20 season.
Will Snowbasin still offer its typical suite of season passes?
Yes – Snowbasin season passes will be available for purchase in early March 2019. The details and pricing for the 2019-20 season will be available at that time.
Will Sun Valley still offer its typical suite of season passes?
Yes – Sun Valley season passes will be available for purchase in early March 2019. The details and pricing for the 2019-20 season will be available at that time.
Where can Snowbasin season passes be purchased?
Where can Sun Valley season passes be purchased?
What benefits will Snowbasin and Sun Valley season pass holders receive at Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations?
For the 2019-2020 season, Sun Valley Challenger passes and College Pass and Snowbasin Premier Pass holders will receive 50% off the one-day window lift ticket price at all Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations. This benefit is non-transferable and only the Sun Valley or Snowbasin named pass holder can use this benefit. Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations include:
How do Sun Valley Challenger passes and College Pass or Snowbasin Premier season pass holders receive discounted lift tickets at Vail Resorts-owned and operated destinations?
Sun Valley Challenger passes and College Pass holders or Snowbasin Premier pass holders visiting a Vail Resorts property must bring their respective pass to a Vail Resorts pass office to purchase a discounted lift ticket.
Can Snowbasin and Sun Valley season pass holders use the Vail Resorts discounted lift ticket benefit before or after Snowbasin or Sun Valley opens/closes for the season?
Yes – as long as it’s during the 2019-20 season.
What will Epic Pass product holders receive at Snowbasin and Sun Valley for the 2019-20 season?
Epic Pass™: Epic Pass holders will receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at both Snowbasin and Sun Valley and 50% off one-day window lift ticket prices after their respective days have been redeemed.
Epic Local Pass™: Epic Local Pass™ holders will receive two black-out restricted days of skiing or snowboarding at both Snowbasin and Sun Valley and 50% off one-day window lift ticket prices after their respective days have been redeemed.
Epic Day Pass™: Epic 4-Day Pass, Epic 5-Day Pass, Epic 6-Day Pass and Epic 7-Day Pass holders will receive up to seven days total of skiing or snowboarding at Sun Valley or Snowbasin with no blackout dates as part of their total days purchased. After the purchased days are used, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 50 percent off additional lift tickets at Sun Valley or Snowbasin. For full access details, please visit https://www.epicpass.com/Passes/Epic-Day-Pass.
For Epic Day Pass products with holiday restrictions, blackout dates apply across all resorts. Epic 1-Day Pass, Epic 2-Day Pass and Epic 3-Day Pass holders will not receive access to Sun Valley or Snowbasin as part of their pass.
Where can an Epic Pass, Epic Local, And Epic Day Pass pass be purchased?
Do the discounts (e.g., discounts on food, etc.) for Sun Valley Challenger passes and College Pass or Snowbasin Premier season pass holders apply at Vail Resorts-owned and operated destinations?
No - the Sun Valley Challenger passes and College Pass and Snowbasin Premier season pass discounts are only valid at those respective resorts.
Do Sun Valley Challenger passes and College Pass holders or Snowbasin Premier Pass holders receive summer lift access at Vail Resorts-owned and operated destinations?
No - Snowbasin or Sun Valley season passes with summer benefits are only valid at those respective resorts.
Do Epic Pass holder discounts (e.g., discounts on food, etc.) apply at Snowbasin or Sun Valley?
No - the Epic Pass discounts are only valid at Vail Resorts-owned and operated destinations.
Do Epic Pass holders get summer lift access at Snowbasin or Sun Valley?
No - the Epic Pass holder summer benefits are only valid at Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations.
Can Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day, or Epic 4-Day pass holders use their resort charge at Snowbasin or Sun Valley?
No - Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day resort charge is only available at Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations.
Is the Military Epic Pass good at Snowbasin or Sun Valley?
No - However, both Snowbasin and Sun Valley provide substantial discounts to active-duty and retired military members and dependents. Must provide proof of active duty or retired status with Military ID.
Do other Vail Resorts season pass products offer access to Snowbasin and Sun Valley starting with the 2019-20 season?
Yes - Vail Resorts Club Pass, Lifetime Pass, Adaptive Full Pass, Employee Lifetime Pass, and the Epic Merchant Pass.
Are Epic Pass Buddy Tickets valid at Snowbasin or Sun Valley?
No - Epic Pass Buddy Tickets will not be valid for use at Snowbasin or Sun Valley.
Are Epic Pass Ski With A Friend tickets valid at Snowbasin or Sun Valley?
No - Epic Pass Ski with a Friend tickets will not be valid for use at Snowbasin or Sun Valley.
Is the Vail Resorts Turn In Your Ticket program valid with a Snowbasin or Sun Valley lift ticket?
No - the Vail Resorts Turn In Your Ticket program is only valid with lift tickets at all Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations.
Will EpicMix be available at either Snowbasin or Sun Valley Resort?
No – EpicMix is only available at most Vail Resorts owned and operated destinations.
Will Snowbasin and Sun Valley continue to be part of the Mountain Collective™ Pass?
Mountain Collective™ pass holders will continue to have access to Snowbasin and Sun Valley during the remainder of the 2018-2019 ski season. Beginning with the 2019-2020 season, neither Snowbasin nor Sun Valley will be part of the Mountain Collective™.
Two renowned resorts join the industry - leading Epic Pass for a multi-year alliance starting with the 2019-20 winter season
Sun Valley, Idaho – Feb. 6, 2019 - Sun Valley and Snowbasin announced today that they are joining the industry-leading Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance beginning with 2019-20 winter season. Both Sun Valley and Snowbasin remain independently-owned and operated and are pleased to participate in the Epic Pass. This new season pass alliance offers broad appeal for many pass holders. Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Epic season passes go on sale in early-March.
“Snowbasin and Sun Valley are crown jewels of our family-owned businesses and we are always looking for new ways to provide outstanding service to our guests,” noted Carol Holding, whose husband, Earl, bought Sun Valley in 1977. “As we remain committed to investing in and operating our properties for many years to come, this multi-year alliance with the Epic Pass will bring value to our pass holders and introduce more guests to our unique traditions.
“Sun Valley is excited to participate in the Epic Pass starting next season,” stated Tim Silva, Sun Valley’s Vice President and General Manager. “Sun Valley is one of the premier ski destinations in the country, and we welcome Epic Pass holders to our resort. This will offer a significant benefit to Epic Pass holders, Sun Valley and Snowbasin season pass holders, and our resort communities.”
“As one of the most accessible and historic ski areas in North America, Snowbasin is pleased to offer Epic Pass holders another option in Utah,” said Davy Ratchford, Snowbasin’s General Manager. “This will also greatly benefit Snowbasin’s longtime clientele with expanded access to resorts across the globe.”
Sun Valley has invested in significant improvements over the past several years to optimize the overall guest experience. The Sun Valley Lodge and Spa had a complete renovation in 2015, and more recently, the remodel of the historic Sun Valley Inn, the rebuild of the Warm Springs Day Lodge, and new employee housing strengthens Sun Valley’s commitment to excellence.
Snowbasin has also been busy enhancing on-mountain skiing and riding with the improved Mt. Ogden Bowl Road, which has been widened and graded to provide a better skiing and riding experience down from John Paul Lodge. Additional snowmaking and the implementation of multiple highly-efficient snowmaking guns also highlight Snowbasin’s commitment to the environment and provide guests with the best early season conditions. The day lodges will undergo renovations that will be ready for the 2019-20 season.
“Sun Valley is a four-season renowned mountain resort and provides visitors from around the world with diverse mountain experiences and world-class dining and shopping. Together with nearby Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin has an incredibly rich winter sports history and this expanded access provides two great options for Epic Pass holders in Utah,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.”
In the 2019-20 ski season, Epic Pass holders will have direct-to-lift access to Sun Valley and Snowbasin. Following are the benefits available to guests commencing with the 2019-20 season:
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Sun Valley Resort was founded in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort. Located in the Idaho mountains, it is truly a four-season resort with a wide array of activities. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts enjoy world-class skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, shooting, concerts, shopping, restaurants, and conference and special event space. Sun Valley is a member of The Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Sun Valley is served by Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). The airport is located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessed from six major cities: San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), Denver (DEN), and Chicago (ORD). All Sun Valley Resort guests receive complimentary roundtrip airport transportation.
www.sunvalley.com | 800.786.8259 | @sunvalley | #sunvalley
Snowbasin Resort is located in Huntsville, Utah, less than 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and only 50 minutes from Park City. Snowbasin Resort is regularly top rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Accessibility, Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming. Snowbasin Resort offers families and outdoor enthusiasts a variety of activities and features championship-level skiing and riding, with nearly 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of 300 inches, and 3,000 vertical feet. Consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continuously operating ski resorts in the nation. Snowbasin Resort is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Sun Valley Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.
www.snowbasin.com | 801.620.1000 | @snowbasinresort | #snowbasinresort
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 15 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe and Okemo in Vermont; Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development 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.
9:00am - 4:00pm, Nov 27, 2019
The opening day is Wednesday, November 27th
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