Vail Resorts just announced the acquisition of Peaks Resorts, which will add 17 more mountains to the network. These mountains are spread across Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and Indiana, but for the most part, beneficial for those in the Northeast.
- New Hampshire: Attitash Mountain, Crotched Mountain, Wildcat Mountain
- Pennsylvania: Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail Resort
- Vermont: Mount Snow
- New York: Hunter Mountain
- Ohio: Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River Mountain
- Missouri: Hidden Valley, Snow Creek
- Indiana: Paoli Peaks
The real benefit here is that these 17 mountains will now be part of the Epic Pass! The Epic Pass is one of the most cost effective ski passes in the industry and for the 2019/2020 ski season you’ll now have even more options to chose from. Since my family is Boston-based, this will actually persuade us to purchase the Epic Pass this year. Crotched Mountain is less than 2 hours aways while Mt. Snow, Attitash and Wildcat are just around the 3 hour mark. It will then make our one yearly trip out west much cheaper as well!
Before this announcement, there were only three Northeast mountains, so this is a huge win. Bostonians will now have a total of 7 ski mountains, New Yorkers will have 3 ski mountains within a reasonable proximity and Philadelphians will now have 5 options. NOTE: Access to the 17 Peak Resorts ski areas is subject to closing of the transaction.
Fortunately, there is still time to purchase one of the many Epic Pass options, if these new additions work well for you. The Epic Pass costs $939 which comes with no holiday restrictions, while The Epic Local Pass costs just $699. The Epic Day Passes can also be used at these 17 added mountains as well.
The Epic Pass Local will get you unlimited and unrestricted access to these 17 Peak Resort mountains as well as full access to 30 other resorts throughout the country. You’ll also receive unlimited, but holiday restricted access to popular mountains such Stowe, Northstar, Park City, Heavenly and Kirkwood. And then 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek and Whistler Blackcomb; two days at Sun Valley and Snowbasin; and five days in Japan.
This is a great addition for skiers since skiing is an incredibly expensive hobby. Even if you only have a few ski trips a year, you might still find the pass beneficial. Crunch the numbers and see if buying one of the Epic Pass options is now a good option for you.
For those who already have the Peak Pass, you can either upgrade your pass to the Epic Pass. Or, for just this 2019/2020 season, you can still purchase the Peak Pass if it in fact saves you money.