Best Value in Snowsports at Northstar and Heavenly

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 29, 2011 11:09 am

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA/NV and TRUCKEE, CA - WInter is just around the corner, which means Lake Tahoe skiers and snowboarders are looking for the best possible values. Whether they are looking to focus on the mountain experience, guest service, new amenities and improvements, sustainability or price, the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Tahoe Value Pass are still the premier choice.

Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts stated, ”Starting at just $379 you can ski and ride 7,800 acres between Heavenly and Northstar all season long and for only $499, you can enjoy over 20,000 acres at seven resorts. Our passes offer the most terrain at a lower price than some of the passes recently introduced by other resorts.”  Lynch went on to say, “Recognizing that Tahoe skiers and snowboarders have even more choice this season, we’re pleased that we continue to offer unmatched value to our guests.” 

The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Tahoe Value Pass are priced way below the comparable newly introduced adult Tahoe Super Pass. In most cases, these passes offer a more significant amount of amenities and options for guests. The Epic Pass, which offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Heavenly, Northstar, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, is $649 versus $799 for the Gold Tahoe Super Pass, which offers unlimited skiing and riding at Squaw and Alpine Meadows.

The Epic Local Pass, which offers limited restricted days at Heavenly and Northstar, unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, and 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek, and is $499 versus $599 for the Silver Tahoe Super Pass, which provides limited restricted days at Squaw and Alpine Meadows. The Tahoe Value Pass offers limited restricted days at Heavenly and Northstar with Saturdays excluded at Northstar only, and is $379, versus $439 for the Bronze Tahoe Super Pass, which provides limited restricted days at Squaw and Alpine Meadows with Saturdays excluded at both resorts for the months of January and February. 

As part of their new expansion, Lynch says, “At Northstar we are adding a new on-mountain restaurant, a new high-speed chairlift, new terrain and trails and a 22-foot halfpipe designed by Shaun White, and at Heavenly last season we added a new mountain-top restaurant and this year are adding a new ski school facility and new trails. We have put close to $40 million into our Tahoe resorts this summer alone, and this season Northstar will launch EpicMix, our award winning mountain application, which will now include ground

breaking photo capabilities that have already been heralded as leading the way not just for ski resorts, but for the entire vacation industry.”

Another aspect that Heavenly and Northstar have made into a priority this season is philanthropy. With the two-time Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Shaun White on board the team, Vail Resorts will pledge $5 for each Epic Season Pass and $1 for every Epic Local Pass and Epic 7-Day Pass sold since Aug. 15, 2011 to White’s chosen charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. White will also be designing a customized limited edition Epic Season Pass, which will be available this fall through a Facebook promotion to Epic Season Pass holders.

For more information or to purchase a season pass, visit www.epicpass.com.

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