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If you plan to ski at least four days this winter at resorts such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, or Heavenly, then you probably want to consider buying one of the Epic Passes in order to save money over buying lift tickets directly from the resorts. Generally speaking, the earlier you buy an Epic Pass in the year, the less money you pay. At this point, the cheapest prices are already gone but there is still a way to save some money on your Epic Pass.
I recently learned that it is now possible to purchase an Epic Pass via UnderCover Tourist by going to their site and selecting “Discount Tickets” and then “Top Ski Resorts”. UnderCover Tourist has been my online source for discounted Disney tickets for years, but thanks to a relatively new Amex Offer, you can now save money on your Epic Pass from UnderCover Tourist.
As an example, if you purchased your four-day adult Epic Pass via UnderCover Tourist for $459 (the same price as buying directly from epicpass.com), you could pay with an Amex that has the offer to get a $20 statement credit with a $100+ UnderCover Tourist purchase and have an out-of-pocket total cost of $439. That is still a ton of cash, but better than the $596 that Vail would potentially want for afour-day advance purchase lift ticket.
Here is the current pricing for some different Epic passes:
- Epic Four Day $459 adults, $249 kids 5 – 12
- Epic Seven Day $679, $359 kids 5 – 12
- Epic Pass $899, $469 kids 5- 12
Keep in mind there are other perks to having an Epic pass in addition to the included ski days. Staying with the Epic Four Day Pass example, you not only get four unrestricted days of skiing at your choice of Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, and Arapahoe Basin, but also four free days at Wilmot, Afton Alps, or Mt. Brighton. If you use up your included days you can then also purchase additional days at the Advance Lift Ticket rate. The Epic Seven Day pass comes with all of the same things for seven days instead of four days, but also includes six Ski-With-A-Friend discounted lift tickets.
We have plans to ski several days this season at Whistler Blackcomb and Vail (while staying on points), so I am leaning towards getting the 7 Day Epic Pass for myself and probably also for my oldest daughter. I could use the Ski-With-A-Friend discounted tickets on the days that Josh wants to join in the fun since he doesn’t ski as much as we do. If each pass is ordered with a separate Amex and UnderCover Tourist offer, then we can save a total of $40 on the two passes, which isn’t a ton, but every little bit helps.
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