With plenty of powder days left in the 2018 season the 2019 Epic Australia Pass is on sale already, which got us thinking, has skiing ever been cheaper? Not in our time – we started in 1983.

Epic Australia Pass value at Perisher
2018 Epic Australia Pass holders having been getting full value this season! © Perisher

Just 20 years ago an Early Bird Perisher Blue pass cost over $1200, for which you got access to Perisher and nowhere else. That was Perisher with t-bars on front valley and way less snowmaking too, so the “season” you got was likely shorter &/or more limited in what you could ski.

But for 2019 it’s available at just AU$799 for adults, AU$449 for students and AU$599 for seniors. You only need to put $49 up front, so it’s not a big ask.

Then you will have plenty of time to work out how best to include all the other areas you know get included with the Epic Australia Pass – attention, they are for the 2019-2020 northern winter, not this one coming.

The options keep on expanding – Whistler and Hakuba (10 and 5 days respectively) were huge additions, and all season at Crested Butte is another – it’s a sensational off the beaten track Colorado area with a great village and terrain to challenge anyone.

10 days at Whistler anyone?
A full season (bar a handful of holiday blackout dates) at America’s largest resort, Park City?
Lots of Tahoe – Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar (with a few holiday blackout dates).
Plenty of Colorado’s finest – Crested Butte unrestricted all season; Breckenridge and Keystone (all season with a few blackout days) or Vail and Beaver Creek up to 10 days total (this figure includes Whistler – it’s 10 days between the 3 of them).
Or some of the best in the East – Stowe, Okemo and Sunapee.
The Pacific northwest including Stevens Pass, an unknown gem of an area that can get slammed with snow.
Or how about 5 days consecutive across 9 participating areas in the Hakuba Valley?

Epic Australia Pass skiing Breckenridge
Lonely lines at Breckenridge © Owain Price/SnowAction

So while day pass costs have soared the season pass deals have been getting more and more amazing – headed by the Epic Australia Pass for Aussies. It has sparked a lot of competition, with awesome deals across the Tasman like $NZD 349 for a Mt Hutt season pass for example, never mind the Ikon Pass and Mountain Collective passes – which don’t provide much for skiing in Australia, but plenty of options for North America plus a few add ons.

But if you live in reasonable driving distance of Perisher, or can make it there for a midweek or week from further afield, then the Epic Australia Pass continues to set the gold standard in all round lift pass value.

Epic Australia Pass delivers unbeatable value
We’ve got the Epic feeling already © Owain Price

The full detail and fine print is below; to get your pass go here
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – August 16, 2018 – Four countries, 28 resorts, one incredible pass. Skiers and snowboarders who are eager to ski year-round can start planning for next season because the 2019 Epic Australia Pass is on sale today. The Epic Australia Pass is the most flexible ski pass for Australians, offering global year-round skiing at a price unmatched. Guests can lock in Australia’s best value ski pass now for only AU$49 upfront, securing the guaranteed lowest price of AU$799 for adults, AU$449 for students and AU$599 for seniors. The Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in under four days, with year-around skiing in Australia, Japan, Canada and the Best of the U.S.
Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher and Crested Butte* in Colorado, as well as unlimited access to world-class resorts in Colorado (Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin), Utah (Park City), Lake Tahoe (Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood) and others. In addition, Epic Australia Pass holders now get five days at the nine resorts within Hakuba Valley, Japan with no blackout dates and ten combined days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek (some North American holiday restrictions apply).
“Vail Resorts is excited to offer the Epic Australia Pass with more access than ever before. Year-round access starts at Perisher, Australia’s favourite ski resort, and offers 2019-2020 access to the most iconic ski resorts in the U.S., Canada and Japan,” said Peter Brulisauer, chief operating officer at Perisher. “There is truly no better pass on the market.”
Australian skiers and snowboarders who do not want to navigate holiday restrictions in the U.S. and/or Canada or who want more than 10 days combined at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek, can upgrade their Epic Australia Pass. The upgraded Epic Australia Pass gives pass holders unlimited, unrestricted access to the full 2019 Perisher ski season and the Best of the U.S. and Canada during the 2019-2020 ski season.
Epic Australia Pass holders can also protect their plans from unforeseen circumstances by purchasing Pass Refund Protection at a new low price of only AU$25, AU$15 for Students and AU$20 for Seniors. Protect yourself in case of a “season ending” injury, illness, pregnancy or relocation overseas.
In time for the 2019 season, Epic Australia Pass holders can look forward to AU$4.2 million of capital investments into Perisher, including a new quad chairlift replacing the Leichhardt T- Bar and a significant snowmaking project. The new quad chairlift will increase lift capacity by 75% in one of Perisher’s most popular areas and will access fantastic beginner, intermediate and advanced runs as well as the famous Leichhardt Terrain Park. The new snowmaking project will link Happy Valley to the base of this new chairlift and will ensure that terrain in this part of the resort can be opened earlier, providing great conditions across the entire winter. This major investment to improve the guest experience at Perisher follows the installation of the Freedom Quad Chairlift in the Guthega area of the resort in 2014 and over AU$25 million in snowmaking improvements.
Additional Vail Resorts’ season pass information:
 Epic Australia Pass™: The best value to ski and snowboard the best resorts in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Ideal for Australians looking for year-round skiing and snowboarding, plus local access at Perisher. For AU$799, get unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher during the 2019 season; unlimited, unrestricted access to Crested Butte in Colorado; Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire; Okemo in Vermont; and Stevens Pass in Washington State during the 2019-2020 season. Navigate limited holiday access to Breckenridge, Park City, Heavenly and more; 10 days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek combined; 5 consecutive days with no blackouts in Hakuba Valley, Japan during the 2019-2020 season. North American resort access, with the exception of Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, Okemo and Stevens Pass, is subject to certain holiday restrictions (29/11/19 – 30/11/19; 19/12/19 – 31/12/19; 18/1/20; 15/2/20 – 16/2/20; 7/3/20; 14/3/20; 21/3/20). Unlimited, unrestricted access to Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee and Okemo on the Epic Australia Pass are all pending closure of these transactions. On sale now at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.
 Upgrade the Epic Australia Pass: Pass holders can elevate their skiing and snowboarding experience by upgrading the Epic Australia Pass to avoid holiday restrictions in the best resorts in the U.S. & Canada for unlimited, unrestricted North American access to Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City, and more for the 2019-2020 ski season. Visit www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.
 Lock in the Epic Australia Pass for only AU$49: Guests can lock in Australia’s best value ski pass now for only AU$49 upfront, securing the guaranteed lowest price of AU$799 for adults, AU$449 for students and AU$599 for seniors, at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.
 Pass Refund Protection: Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase Pass Refund Protection. A refund in the case of a “season ending” injury, illness, pregnancy or relocation overseas, for a new low price of only AU$25 for Adults, AU$15 for Students and AU$20 Seniors. Without Pass Refund Protection no refunds will be offered in any circumstances. Must be purchased at the time you buy your Epic Australia Pass. Find out more at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au
 Epic Pass™: If you don’t want to wait until 2019 to hit the slopes, for only US$899, the Epic Pass offers unlimited, unrestricted access to 19 mountain resorts plus additional access to 46 more, including 20 new mountains for the 2018-19 season. Discover 65 of the world’s premier resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over four days of skiing or snowboarding. Learn more at www.epicpass.com.
 The Epic Pass Club: All 2019 Epic Australia Pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, an exclusive community that helps skiers and snowboarders get even more value out of their pass through exclusive deals in the U.S., Canada and Australia on airport transfers, lessons, equipment rentals, mountain dining and more. Australian pass holders can also enjoy an additional 20% off the lowest available accommodation rates at Vail Resorts’ iconic mountains at the Best of the U.S. Learn more at www.epicpassclub.com.
* Unlimited, unrestricted access to Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee and Okemo on the Epic Australia Pass are all pending closure of these transactions.