Epic Pass Details, Benefits, Buddy Passes and more
A powder day at Vail Mountain | Photo Credit: Jackson Lebsack | Cover: Vail Mountain

Maximize Your Epic Pass This Season With The Help Of Ski.com

With a bevy of benefits offered by every multi-resort pass on the block, it’s hard to keep track of where you should be saving all that hard-earned money.

So this week, we’re checking out the EPIC PASS and giving you, THE SKI.COM COMMUNITY, an insider’s look as to how you can truly maximize your pass-holder benefits at mountain resorts across the globe. 

EPIC PASS VS. IKON PASS | COMPARE & FIND YOUR PERFECT PASS 

To begin, not all Epic Passes are created equally. The Epic Pass and its more affordable partner, The Epic Local Pass have different levels of benefits that apply to different mountain resorts at different times, so figuring out which applies to you and when is paramount to taking advantage of your pass.  

Unlimited Access, Blackout Dates, And Partner Resorts  

Vail Resorts continues to expand its pass offerings to include some of the best skiing in the world via its Epic and Epic Local passes. Obviously, the full Epic Pass has more expansive access when compared to the Epic Local. That said, the Epic Local also offers some amazing destinations, albeit with holiday restrictions. Here’s the general breakdown. 

  • Epic Pass  Access to 37 mountain resorts, 7-day access at 9 North American mountains resorts, limited access to 21 European mountain resorts, and 5 consecutive days at Hakuba Valley mountain resorts as well as Rusutsu in Japan.
  • Epic Local Pass – Access to 26 mountain resorts, limited access at 8 mountain resorts including 10 days at Vail, 2 days at Snowbasin and Sun Valley (*blackout dates apply), and 5 consecutive days at Hakuba Valley mountain resorts as well as Rusustsu in Japan. 

Ski.com Concierge Services  

When you buy an EPIC PASS or EPIC LOCAL PASS through Ski.com, you’re automatically granted FREE ACCESS to Ski.com’s unparalleled SKI CONCIERGE SERVICES. THIS IS A GREAT DEAL. You can reach one of our highly experienced concierge personnel by calling (844) 897-1398. Our team offers the following services: 

  • Trip-planning + expert travel advice, including multi-resort itineraries Skiing’s largest inventory of lodging options, including discounted rates 
  • Complete ski-vacation packaging, including flights, lodging, ground transportation, activities and more 
  • Access to a dedicated Mountain Travel Expert if anything goes wrong en route 
  • Detailed confirmation and organized itinerary documents 
Ski Resorts on the Epic Pass
Mornings like these make an EPIC PASS worth every penny | Photo: Keystone ©

Buddy & Ski With A Friend Tickets 

At select resorts, Epic Pass holders can gift 6 buddy tickets to friends and family. The discount equates to roughly 40% off the window ticket price and the Epic Pass holder must be present at the time of purchase.  

A similar discounted pass, Ski With A Friend (SWAF) tickets are discounted single day lift tickets whose savings can vary on the resort and dates upon which they are purchased. 

*Not all resorts include Buddy or SWAF lift tickets. 

COVID-19 Policies

Reservations – Priority Ski Days: 

For the 20-21 season, Epic Pass resorts will require guests reserve ski days in advance by buying an Epic Day, Epic Local, or Epic Pass. The only exception is the period prior to Dec, 7th, which grants Epic Pass holders exclusive early season access. Epic Pass holders also get an early opportunity to reserve up to seven Priority Reservation Days for the core season (Dec. 8 – April 4) before lift tickets go on sale. The exclusive reservation window runs Nov. 6 through Dec. 7. If you cannot get the Priority Reservation Days you want by Dec. 7, and have not used your pass, you can get a refund with Epic Coverage. Pass holders can make as many week-of reservations during the season as your pass type and availability allow. Week-of reservations are in addition to your Priority Reservation Days. As you use your Priority Reservation Days, you can book new ones, holding up to seven at any time, or as many as your pass type allows.

Epic Coverage:

Free with the purchase of a 20-21 Epic Pass, pass holders receive “Epic Coverage.” This protection program grants individuals refunds if they miss out on skiing due to COVID-19, personal injury, or job loss. 

Epic Coverage

Purchase Credits:

Did you miss previous days of skiing last season due to COVID-19? For the upcoming season, Vail is granting last season’s pass holders credit towards this year’s pass based on the amount of days they missed due to the Pandemic. If you bought individual days on your Epic Pass and were unable to access the mountain, receive up to 80% credit toward future Epic Pass purchases. Offer ends Labor Day. 

Epic Pass Credit Chart

Beware The Blackout Dates 

Not doing your homework when it comes to blackout dates is a sure fire way to put a damper on any ski trip. Always double check THE BLACKOUT DATES and make sure your pass is eligible before booking a ski trip. 

Epic Pass – $979 

  • ZERO blackout dates 
  • Unlimited, unrestricted skiing at 37 mountain destinations 
  • 7 unrestricted days at 9 North American ski areas including Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Telluride
  • consecutive days at Japan’s Hakuba Valley, Rusutsu 
  • Access to 26 European resorts (learn more here) 

Epic Local Pass – $729 

  • Unlimited, unrestricted skiing at 26 mountain destinations 
  • 10 Restricted Days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb,
  • Unlimited skiing with blackout dates at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Stowe 
  • 2 restricted days at Snowbasin and Sun Valley 
  • 5 consecutive days at Japan’s Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu 
  • Half price and advanced ticket prices available during blackout dates at participating resorts.  

Epic Day Pass (Adults 13+) – $129 (1-day)

  • Book ahead and save on window ticket prices at 34 destinations
  • Epic Day Pass tickets include blackout dates. 
  • Book up to 7 days

*Prices will only go up. 


Give us a call at 844-897-1398 to purchase your Epic Pass and start thinking about your travel plans for the 2020-2021 winter season!