You may have bought your season pass, specifically some variation of the Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, for the skiing. You didn't want to pay the window rate for your lift tickets. You didn't want to wait in lines, especially on a powder day. You didn't want to not ski because the budget you gave yourself for skiing was running dry.
What you may not have known about your Epic Pass is that for one week in January, it grants you far more than discounted skiing. Sure there are the buddy passes, the option to ski Verbier and the lunch discounts (if you wait to eat until after 2 p.m.). But from Jan. 7-13, also known as Passholder Week on the mountains, there are even more discounts. Take a look:
- Save 25 percent on your ski equipment rental. The catch: you can't go anywhere you please, but this list has the locations where the deal is valid.
- Receive a free $25 gift card for retail purchases of $250 or more. Again, this is only valid at specific locations.
- Save 20 percent on food and beverages (excluding alcohol) at on-mountain dining locations. You won't have to pay top dollar for that Epic burger at lunch, though this deal doesn't save you money at sit-down spots like the Alpenglow Stube at Keystone. And you can eat whenever you want--this deal doesn't have an lunch hour restrictions. But you have to show your Pass--and possibly mention you read about this deal--because you won't automatically receive the discount even if you're visibly wearing your Epic Pass for all to see.
- Save on lodging. Want to stay at some of the finest mountain lodging, many of which offer ski in-ski out? Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Northstar are offering discounted rates for Passholder Week. Click here to book.
With Gandolf, the latest of the winter storms, on the way (at last check it already rolled through Lake Tahoe), that means even more reason to take advantage of Passholder Week. Savings, logging vertical with EpicMix and fresh tracks--it doesn't get much better than that.