The 2021 Epic Australia Pass launches with pandemic changes

Photo credit: Hotham

Vail Resorts Australia have today launched the 2021 Epic Australia Pass for Aussie skiers and snowboarders wanting to hit up Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham next season, resorts in North America in 2021/2022 plus Hakuba and Rusutsu in Japan.

As to be expected there are some changes as a result of the current global pandemic. Vail Resorts understandably no longer guarantee unlimited access to resorts for pass holders should capacity restrictions continue into next year. But they do offer pass holder priority for reservations should they be needed.

However the Epic Coverage is included free with every 2021 Epic Australia Pass and provides refunds associated with certain personal events, including certain resort closures (such as any due to COVID-19), illness, job loss, injury and more.

Where you can ski/board on the pass

Australia

The new look Epic Australia Pass will give holders access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in 2021 season.

Japan

Five consecutive days with no blackout dates at both Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu, Japan for the 2021/22 season.

Canada/USA

10 days combined at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek in the 2021/22 season 

USA

Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Stowe are all on the pass for 2021/2022 as are Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte and Stevens Pass. Plus the 17 Peak Resorts ski areas; Mount Snow, Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Crotched Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Liberty Mountain, Big Boulder, Whitetail Resort, Boston Mills, Jack Frost, Mad River Mountain, Alpine Valley, Paoli Peaks, Brandywine, Hidden Valley, Snow Creek.

Restricted dates and reservations

In the event that Vail Resorts owned resorts need to manage capacity to allow for physical distancing, Vail Resorts may manage access through a reservation system that prioritises pass holders.

Lift access is restricted during the some periods at North American resorts, with the exception of Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, Okemo and Stevens Pass.

Restricted dates: 26 Nov, 2021 – 27 Nov, 2021; 19 Dec, 2021 – 31 Dec 2021; 15 Jan 2022, 19 Feb 2022 – 20 Feb 2022, 5 Mar 2022, 12 Mar 2022 and 19 Mar 2022.

Perks and bonuses in Australia

Bring a Mate discounted lift ticket invitations – receive 6 x 1 day discounted lift ticket invitations to help your mates save up to 50% off the window ticket price when they buy online, in advance.

Up to 20% off lessons when purchased online, in advance. Up to 20% off equipment rental when purchased online, in advance.

Up to 15% off at Perisher owned food and beverage outlets – participating outlets include the Blue Cow Bistro, Cowpuccino, Ski Rock Café, Curve Bar, Jax Bar & Grill, Bazils, Powder Inn, The Burning Log, Snow Gums Restaurant, and all food and beverage outlets at The Station.

Up to 15% off retail purchases. Valid at Slopestyle Mountain Sports outlets including the Slopestyle Demo Centre in Perisher, Homebase, Base One, Base Two, The Board Lounge, alp, Snowzone, Ski & Boot Co. and The Peak in Falls Creek as well as Board Box, Pinnacle, OneTree, Rays, and The Big D at Hotham, and The Alpine Life at Dinner Plain.

15% off accommodation at The Station in Jindabyne.

Free Access to First Tracks – for Perisher free access before the slopes open from 7:30am on selected lifts every Saturday and Sunday during July and August; for Falls Creek on selected lifts from 8am, every day during school holidays and on weekends until the end of September and for Hotham on selected lifts from 7.30am until 8.30am, from Wednesday to Sunday during school holidays and from Friday to Sunday during the balance of the season.

Free Night Skiing at Perisher on Tuesdays and Saturdays through July, August and early September. At Falls Creek and Hotham free night skiing on Wednesday and Saturdays throughout the season.

Perks and bonuses overseas

In-resort benefits at Whistler Blackcomb include an extra 10% off the best available rate at select lodging properties, 20% off food and beverages at on-mountain restaurants, 20% off group Ski and Ride School lessons and up to 20% on rentals through plus 20% off heli-skiing. 

In the USA receive 20% off the best available rate at Vail Resorts’ owned accommodation across the U.S, 20% off group Ski and Ride School, 20% off shared ride shuttles, private vans and SUVs with Epic Mountain Express, 20% off food and beverages at on-mountain restaurants, up to 20% off equipment rentals and 20% off cat skiing in Keystone.

Ski tube

Add Skitube to your Epic Australia Pass for only $139 for Adults/Seniors and $79 for Students. In the event they need to manage capacity during the 2021 season to allow for physical distancing, Vail Resorts Australia may implement a reservation system for Skitube that prioritises pass holders.

More information

The Epic Australia Pass is priced at AU$859 for adults and AU$489 for students (up to year 12) and AU$669 for seniors (65 + years) with a $49 payment up front.


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