Epic Pass Epic Start: 15 Resorts Open Now

It’s been an epic start for Epic Pass holders, with 15 resorts open now! The latest is Whistler, which opened yesterday.

Yes, a fat fifteen of the company’s resorts have already opened for the season with the right combination of snow, cold temperatures, snowmaking, and hard work.  That includes a bunch of Epic Australia Pass favourites in the six resorts that opened earlier than originally scheduled, including Beaver Creek with 200 acres of terrain, as well as Breckenridge, Heavenly, Park City (which had its earliest opening since 1996), Northstar and Kirkwood (both celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year – and Kirkwood opening 20 days early).

Vail kicked off the 2022-23 season on 11/11 © Vail Resorts

Keystone kicked off the season for Vail Resorts back on Oct. 28, and Vail celebrated the start of its 60th season on Veteran’s Day, 11/11 as they write it in the USA, or 11/11 as we write in OZ – a fitting tribute to the resort’s legacy and connection to the 10th Mountain Division.

Also now open: Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo and Hunter in the Northeast, Afton Alps in the Midwest, and the company’s newest resort, and first in Europe, Andermatt-Sedrun in Switzerland.

Go East young man? Stowe is a great resort, check it out on your Epic Oz Pass © Vail Resorts

And Whistler Blackcomb which opened yesterday with 14 of 27 lifts running across both peaks.

Significant investments in the on-mountain experience debut this season, including new lifts across a dozen resorts. Nine new high-speed chairlifts, a new high-speed gondola and eight new fixed-grip chairlifts will help guests move up and around the mountain more easily. Skiers and riders can also look forward to an upgraded restaurant in Keystone, the return of a beloved Northstar tradition – Tóst, and new Ice Bars and Snow Bungalows at Vail. 

“We care deeply about our guests’ experience at our resorts,” said Bennett. “As always, weekends, holidays and powder days will still be popular, but we are proud of the big investments we have made toward improving the on-mountain experience.”  

In addition to new lifts and technology to help guests maximise their day, Vail Resorts made significant investments to positively impact its employees who bring the guest experience to life on-mountain every day. Investments include higher employee pay, new affordable employee housing, and leadership development, plus other employee health benefits and perks. 

Stay up to date on resort operations by visiting resort websites or downloading the EpicMix app, which also provides real-time and predictive lift line wait times. Get excited for your trip – and learn insider tips – by following Epic Pass and resorts on Instagram. 

Vail Resorts will limit lift tickets every day, across each of its North American resorts, throughout the 2022/23 winter season to prioritise the on-mountain experience for its Pass Holders. Some resorts already have sold out dates where lift tickets are no longer available to purchase online or at ticket windows. Passes, including Epic Day Passes, will not be restricted beyond any holiday dates associated with the purchased pass type. Last season, Vail Resorts limited lift tickets across three popular holiday periods.  

Always classic Breckenridge was anotehr early opener © Vail Resorts