2019 Epic Australia Pass just launched for the early birds

Perisher. Pic Vail Resorts.

It’s that time of the year, dear snow people, when the Epic Australia Pass goes on sale. The 2019 pass offers even more than last year with new resorts added to the Vail Resorts Epic Pass fold.

The Epic Australia Pass is the most flexible ski pass for Australians, offering global year-round skiing 28 resorts across four countries 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.

What you get and where

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).

Upgrade your pass for more

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 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. It’s basically the full Epic Pass but paid in Australian dollars. 

Protect the pass

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.

New at Perisher in 2019

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.

The details

  • 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, Japanduring 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 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. 
  • 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 epicpassclub.com.

*Unlimited, unrestricted access to Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee and Okemo on the Epic Australia Pass are all pending closure of these transactions.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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