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Epic Pass deadline extended until October for best rates

Editor’s Note: Since going to publication, prices on the Epic Pass prices have increased. The Epic Local pass is now available for $689, and prices go up October 7. Prices for other Epic passes are available at www.epicpass.com.

 

Prices go up October 7

By Alissa Johnson

Skiers debating which season pass will best suit their needs at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) have another month to make a decision. Vail Resorts has extended the deadline to purchase an Epic Pass, including the Epic Local Pass, and prices won’t go up until October 7.

As reported last week in the Crested Butte News, people looking for unlimited skiing and riding at CBMR have their choice of passes this year. Among them, the CBMR season Peak Pass is on sale for $729 until October 8. And Vail’s Epic Local Pass is going for $669, which includes unlimited skiing at CBMR if the sale to Vail Resorts goes through as planned.

The Epic Local Pass would essentially act as a season pass for Crested Butte, along with offering unrestricted skiing and riding at resorts such as Breckenridge and A-Basin, and limited access to places like Park City, Vail and Whistler Blackcomb.

While the price difference speaks for itself, there is a bit of dilemma. As the News reported last week, “The conundrum comes with the resort sale closing date. Vail Resorts representatives have said that once the deal is closed, CBMR season pass holders can trade up their CBMR season pass to a full Epic or Epic Local Pass or simply use their CBMR pass for Crested Butte.

“But if the sale isn’t completed for some reason, the Epic passes will allow only a week’s worth of skiing at Crested Butte.”

Originally, the deadline for the $669 Epic Local Pass rate was September 3, well before the CBMR deadline and before the sale closing. The extension of the deadline now eases some of that pressure to make a decision.

While a date has not yet been set for the closing, it is expected sometime this fall according to representatives from CBMR. Vail representatives could not be reached for comment.

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