Vail Adds Kirkwood to Season Passes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 12, 2012 3:45 pm

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Vail season ski and snowboard passes are expected to be in high demand as they go on sale today for the 2012-2013 winter season.  With the new additions in Tahoe, it has become the best value in the industry.  And with good reason.

Vail Resorts, Inc. recently acquired Kirkwood to Heavenly and Northstar in Tahoe. Now they have created a Tahoe Value pass that will allow skiers and snowboarders to access over 10,000 total acres between all three locations in California. 

“Each of our Tahoe resorts offers a different type of skiing and riding experience and now skiers and snowboarders can have it all on one pass from Heavenly’s breathtaking scenery and Northstar’s award-winning terrain parks to Kirkwood’s high alpine steep terrain,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “And new for the 12/13 ski season we are offering The Tahoe Local Pass, providing skiing seven days a week at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.”  

For just $419, guest can ski or ride seven days a week for $80 less than the comparable Epic Local Pass that is now a thing of the past.  There are limited holiday restrictions and $50 to ski or ride on blackout dates.  This purchase pays for itself in just over four days on the mountain.

Kirkwood is about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe and offers 2,300 acres of high alpine skiing and riding and holds the title of most annual average snowfall in Lake Tahoe.  Heavenly Mountain Resort offers unparalleled tree skiing and excellent nightlife on the South Shore.  Across the lake, Northstar is known for their award-winning terrain parks.  Combined, these three resorts are the complete package. 

Skiers and snowboarders who buy the Tahoe Value Pass of the new Tahoe Local Pass before April 15, 2012 will also be given six buddy tickets to hand out among friends and family next season.  Purchase your passes this spring, and reap the benefits this summer with bonuses like access for sightseeing and gondola rides.

The Epic Pass remains the best deal in the industry, especially with the addition of Kirkwood to the long list of places included.  Others include Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Arapahoe Basin.  Unlimited skiing and riding is just $659 and will pay for itself in less than six days. 

Vail Resorts offers insurance on passes at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12.  It covers circumstances including sickness, injuries and job loss.

A Kirkwood-only pass will be offered at a later date.

For information on all passes and guidance in picking the best for your needs, go to