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Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, Merchant Pass back for next season at same $579 rate

March 11, 2009 — Vail Resorts' six-mountain, unrestricted, $579 Epic Pass, once skewered by some as the end of ski-town civilization as we know it (parking, crowding, tight-fisted, bargain-hunting clientele) is back for the 2009-10 season, Vail Resorts announced Wednesday.

It should be noted that most of that criticism came before last fall's global economic meltdown. Now the Epic Pass, which offers unrestricted skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Heavenly, Keystone and Vail, is largely lauded as the salvation of ski-town civilization as we know it -- at least in Vail, where business are happy to have warm bodies in town.

Epic Passes for next season can be locked in at this season's rates through April 9 with a deposit of $49 and the balance due in the September.

Vail Resorts Wednesday also announced it will offer the Eagle County Merchant Pass to Eagle County businesses and their employees for $579. The Merchant Pass will be on sale in the fall and then throughout the 2009-10 ski season.

“The Merchant Pass program makes it easier for local businesses to attract employees and provide a value-add to existing benefits,” said John Garnsey, president of Vail Resorts Mountain Division and COO of Beaver Creek.

“The transferability and low price of the Merchant Pass provides a mutually beneficial opportunity for local merchants and their employees.”

Epic Passes for next season can be locked in now at at



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