Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced an epic partnership with one of the most famous ski regions in the world, Arlberg, Austria, home to legendary mountain resorts of St. Anton, Lech-Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben. The Epic Pass now features five free consecutive days of skiing and riding in Arlberg, bringing the total access to 15 world-class mountains in three countries and further enhancing the already exceptional value of the world’s greatest lift pass.
Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their winter from the U.S. to Europe—for the second consecutive year—and experience both Verbier, Switzerland, and now Arlberg, Austria, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. Boasting an average of seven metres of annual snowfall (23 feet), the Arlberg area is legendary among skiers and riders from around the globe as the cradle of skiing, revered for the world-class experience and innovation in the sport that it affords while maintaining its traditional, Alpine character.
The unrestricted five free days of skiing and riding will be reciprocated for Arlberg season pass holders, allowing more guests to experience Vail Resorts, including the award-winning social application EpicMix. EpicMix offers a seamless and effortless way to digitally capture and share your mountain experience, tracking vertical feet skied, digital pins earned for exploration and photos of your holiday that can be shared through Facebook and Twitter. Vail Resorts’ guests can also test their skills against Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn with EpicMix Racing, and new for the 2013-2014 winter season, Vail Resorts will be introducing EpicMix Academy, which will reinvent ski school as we know it. At only US$689, the Epic Pass is the best value on a lift pass in the industry.
“We are pleased and proud to announce our partnership with Arlberg as Epic Pass holders can now ski the best resorts in the world in three countries on one pass. Vail Resorts continues to look for opportunities to enhance the incredible value of the Epic Pass that our European guests already receive and enjoy. In March, we announced that we increased the number of free days of access to Verbier, Switzerland, from three to five for the 2013-2014 season,” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “Epic Pass holders already enjoy an incredible experience with unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ seven world-class resorts in the United States, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Arapahoe Basin and Eldora, but the addition of world-class skiing in both Austria and Switzerland makes the Epic Pass even more compelling for our international guests.”
Boasting 340 kilometers of marked ski runs, 200 kilometers of open free-ride terrain, 94 cable cars and lifts, and approximately seven meters (23 feet) of annual snowfall, The Arlberg is arguably Austria’s most popular mountain resort group. Modern and vibrant, St. Anton am Arlberg also maintains its traditional Tyrolean charm. The Arlberg ski area will be open from Dec. 6, 2013 – Apr. 27, 2014.
“Arlberg and Vail Resorts are arguably the world’s premier ski resorts, offering exceptional experiences on the mountain and an unparalleled level of customer service,” said Hermann Fercher, chief executive officer of Lech-Zürs. “We are looking forward to a successful partnership and welcome Epic Pass holders to Austria next winter”, chief executive officer of St. Anton am Arlberg, Martin Ebster, went on to say.
Skiers and riders receive the lowest guaranteed prices on next season by purchasing their passes before May 27, 2013, and also can lock in early-bird lodging deals at Vail Resorts and Arlberg:
Save up to 33 percent off lodging at Vail’s premier properties, including The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort; The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; and Austria Haus, when you stay 6 nights or more and book before November 15, 2013. This deal is available exclusively to Vail Resorts’ international guests when booked through Vail Resorts’ preferred travel partners in your local area, listed at www.snowusa.com, under the ‘travel partners’ tab.
Vail Resorts also offers other pass options for our international guests next winter:
The Epic Local Pass™ is perfect for guests who can navigate a pass with a few more restrictions on their winter holiday. The Epic Local Pass for US$529 offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with US holiday restrictions. At the spring rate, the Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.
The Epic 7-Day™ is perfect for people who don’t plan to ski more than 7 days. The Epic 7-Day gives skiers or riders a total of seven unrestricted
days of skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of US$529. Ski any seven days of the season. At the spring rate, the Epic 7-Day pays for itself in just over four days.
Prices on Vail Resorts season passes are guaranteed for a limited time only, so act now. For more information or to purchase your pass, visit http://www.epicpass.com or find a Vail Resorts preferred travel partner in your local area, here.
Season Pass Benefits
Access to Arlberg is only provided to Epic Pass holders and not holders of other passes offered by Vail Resorts (Epic Local, Tahoe Local, Summit Value and Tahoe Value). In addition to the five days of free skiing at Arlberg, Epic Pass and all Vail Resorts season pass holders will continue to receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Arapahoe Basin and Eldora. All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Lowest Price Guarantee Only Available Through May 27, 2013
Skiers and riders should purchase their passes for next year now, as these prices and benefits are only guaranteed through May 27, 2013. Vail Resorts is also giving guests the option to lock in these prices with a US$49 down payment now with the remaining balance due in mid-September 2013. All passes are available for purchase on www.epicpass.com and via Vail Resorts preferred travel partners in your local area, found at www.snowusa.com.
For more information about Arlberg, and to book, visit www.arlberg.net. More information about each respective resort can be found here: http://www.lechzuers.com; http://www.stantonamarlberg.com and http://www.stuben.com.