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2013-10-11 11:13:23
Vail Resorts' Epic Pass Comes to Utah!

That's right - Vail Resorts' famous EPIC Pass has come to Utah.  With Vail Resorts' recent deal to take over operations at Canyons in Park City, their all resort EPIC season pass may take over the Utah ski scene as well.   

So how epic is the Epic Pass?  Let's start with this figure: 26-4-2-1.  Some of you may be thinking that sounds oddly like your locker combination in high school, but that's not what it is (though I suppose it might be).  So, to clarify, I'll break it down for you.  26 Resorts; 4 Countries; 2 Continents; 1 Pass.  Let me say that first part again - TWENTY-SIX RESORTS!  Don't believe me?  I'll name them for you.  Let's start with the 12 resorts in the U.S. - Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora.  Next, we'll head to Europe with Verbier, Switzerland.  Then 5 resorts in Arlberg, Austria (St. Anton, St. Cristoph, Stuben, Züers, and Lech);.  And finally, 8 resorts in Les Trois Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, and Orelle).  I'd say that's pretty Epic.

But the number of accessible resorts is only the beginning of how epic the Epic Pass really is.  How much do you think it costs to ski 26 mountains in 4 different countries?  The answer may surprise you - right now, it's only $709 US.  Say what?!  Yep, 709 bucks.  Sure that doesn't include airfare, transportation, lodging, meals or off mountain entertainment (I really wanted to put that sentence in super fine print, but since I can't figure out how to do that in Blogger, just say it really quick in your head like they say on the radio and TV.), but that is one crazy price for that much terrain.  But let's say you're not going to travel to all 4 countries. Let's say you'll only ski at Canyons, even.  Maybe you live here locally and you don't want to drive to Colorado or Lake Tahoe.  Or, maybe you live in Florida or New York or So Cal and you come to Utah to ski two or three times a year.  How does $709 fare for one resort?  Let's compare the prices of neighboring resorts:

Deer Valley:  $2,220 (no, that isn't a typo)

Park City Mountain Resort w/ the Fast Tracks Pass (trust me, you want to add Fast Tracks: $1,105

Snowbird: $1,199

Alta: $1,199

Brighton: $899

Solitude: $799

Snowbasin: $1,149

Powder Mountain: $775

Sundance: $585

Yeah, for 4,000 acres of some of the best skiable terrain in Park City, $709 is a pretty epic deal.  But Canyons is my favorite place to ski, and I don't like crowds - so, please don't buy one :)

So, what would make Canyons even more Epic than it already is?  (Here comes the sales pitch - fair warning.)  Having your own ski home, condo, or townhome at the base of this Epic resort, of course!  Naturally, Vail Resorts' presence in Park City has already had great effects at Canyons, and real estate in the area is seeing higher demand and the prices are beginning to rise.  To explore Canyons area real estate opportunities while the prices are also still Epic, click here.  And if you have an idea of what you want and just want to search for it, click here.



P.S. - you can get a combined Brighton Solitude pass for $999 right now - so, ski over there and leave Canyons to me :)

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