SNOW Enthusiasts who want to purchase the Epic Australia Pass have only until June 11 to do so.
Here is a statement released by Vail Resorts today.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – 27 May, 2019
Tuesday 11, June will be the last day for Australian skiers and snowboarders to purchase the 2019 Epic Australia Pass, the most flexible season pass for Australians, offering year-round skiing and riding at world-class resorts including the largest and most celebrated in Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.S. With 20cm of snow falling across Perisher and Falls Creek and 25cm in Hotham and another 20+ cm of snow forecast over the next few days the 2019 snow season is looking at a fantastic start.
Starting at only AU$909 for adults, AU$511 for students (up to year 12) and AU$681 for seniors (65 years and over), the Epic Australia Pass allows guests to ski and ride year-round, all on one incredible pass. Australian skiers and snowboarders can enjoy unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham (subject to certain approvals), as well as ten total days of Japanese access across the ten resorts in the Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu Resort, unlimited access to world-class resorts in Colorado (Breckenridge and Keystone), Utah (Park City), Lake Tahoe (Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood) and more. In addition, Epic Australia Pass holders get ten combined days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek (some peak restrictions apply).
“At Victoria’s largest ski resort, we pride ourselves on creating unforgettable experiences that allow skiers and riders of all ages to create lasting memories in the snow. We look forward to sharing Falls Creek’s world-class experience with even more guests from around the world,” said Sharon Raguse, General Manager at Falls Creek.
“We could not be more thrilled that Hotham is now a part of Vail Resorts and, along with Perisher and Falls Creek, we’re excited to showcase the very best of Australian skiing and riding,” said Belinda Trembath, General Manager at Hotham.
The Epic Australia Pass starts with the 2019 Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham snow season and concludes with the 2019-20 ski and snowboard season in the Northern Hemisphere, which is generally from November 2019 to May 2020. 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. Australian skiers and snowboarders who do not want to navigate holiday restrictions in the U.S. and Canada or who want more than 10 days combined at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek, can upgrade to the Epic Australia Plus Pass for unlimited, unrestricted access to the Best of U.S. and Canada during the 2019-20 ski season.
In time for the 2019 season, pass holders can look forward to AU$4.2 million of capital investments into Perisher, including the new Leichhardt Quad Chairlift and a significant snowmaking project from the bottom of the Happy Valley T-Bar through the load of the new quad chairlift. This new 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 all winter.
Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham open for the 2019 snow season on 8 June, 2019. Opening weekend events include Perisher’s Peak Music Festival, now in its eleventh year, which will get the party started with more than 30 international & domestic acts performing across the entire weekend. The Rail Rampage at Perisher’s Terrain Park will have an Opening Weekend progression session on Sunday 9 June, open to skiers and snowboarders, ages 6+. Falls Creek will celebrate the opening of The Ski & Boot Co, located within Base One, allowing guests to take advantage of their full boot fitting service and expertise on the latest range of skis and ski boots. Hotham kicks off another memorable season with a range of events and activities from fireworks and live music, to a new restaurant opening at Jack Frost.
In addition to the season pass options currently on sale, existing 2018-19 Epic Pass holders will now have access to Falls Creek and is expected to include unlimited, unrestricted access to Hotham in the 2019 season. Vail Resorts will continue to honor 2019 season pass products for Falls Creek and Hotham through the duration of the season, with the ability for guests to upgrade to an Epic Australia Pass. The Epic Australia Pass is sold exclusively at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au and the 2019-20 Epic Pass can be purchased at www.epicpass.com. Epic Australia Pass and Epic Pass access to Hotham is dependent on an amendment to the lease, which requires additional governmental approval.
• Epic Australia Pass: For AU$909 for Adults, AU$511 for Students (up to year 12) and AU$681 for Seniors (65 years and over), the Epic Australia Pass offers the following access and benefits:
• Unlimited, unrestricted access to: Perisher and Falls Creek in the 2019 season and Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte and Stevens Pass during the 2019-20 season, and is expected to include unlimited, unrestricted access to Hotham in the 2019 season. Epic Australia Pass access to Hotham is dependent on an amendment to the lease, which requires additional governmental approval.
• Unlimited access with holiday restrictions to: Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, California and Stowe in Vermont in the 2019-20 season (holiday restrictions apply).
• 10 total days combined at: Whistler Blackcomb, Vail and Beaver Creek in the 2019-20 season (holiday restrictions apply and days do not have to be consecutive).
• Limited access to partner resorts, including five consecutive days with no blackout dates at Rusutsu, Japan and five consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley, Japan for the 2019-20 season.
• Discounted tickets: 6 discounted Bring a Mate tickets at Perisher for family and friends and when purchased online in advance, a savings of up to 50 percent.
• 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,
• Upgrade to the Epic Australia Plus 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. Visit www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.
• Pass Refund Protection: Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase Pass Refund Protection. A refund in the case of a “season ending” injury, illness, pregnancy or relocation overseas, for a new low price of only AU$25 for adults, AU$15 for students and AU$20 seniors. Without Pass Refund Protection no refunds will be offered in any circumstances. Must be purchased at the time you buy your Epic Australia Pass. Find out more at www.epicaustraliapass.com.au.
• 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 www.epicpassclub.com.
Perisher sunrise. Photo courtesy Perisher.
Perisher Pond Skim, Perisher Front Valley Terrain Park in 2018 and main photo above, skiing Rock Garden powder at Perisher. PHOTOS: Steve Cuff.