18 August 2015
Tahoe’s Original Three-Mountain Season Pass Now Includes Free Days at Utah and Colorado at the Guaranteed Lowest Price of $479, the Tahoe Local Pass Pays for Itself in Four Days

With the 2015-16 ski and ride season less than 100 days away, September 7, 2015, is the last day to purchase a season pass to the Best of Tahoe resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort, at the guaranteed lowest price. Providing access to Lake Tahoe’s most terrain and most reliable snow surface conditions, the Best of Tahoe resorts continue to offer the region’s most valuable season pass options.
New this season, in addition to 10,270 skiable acres in Tahoe, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding at Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin; and Utah’s Park City, the largest ski resort in the U.S.
“With the added days in Colorado and Utah on the Tahoe Local Pass, skiers and riders have the option to go wherever the snow is the best,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “If the entire buzz around El Niño proves true, guests will have the advantage of exceptional snow conditions here in Tahoe. Either way, we’ll be giving our season pass holders the most value this coming season.”
The National Weather Service and NOAA both cite that nearly all model runs are predicting an El Niño winter for the upcoming 2015-16 season and about an 80 percent chance it will last into early spring 2016.
Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferrable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance starts at $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-12) and varies by pass type. Coverage applies to all season passes valid for the 2015-16 ski season.
Vail Resorts 2015-2016 Season Pass Options for Lake Tahoe Skiers and Snowboarders
  • The Tahoe Local Pass is the best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week. It includes Saturday access at all three Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $479. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for 50 percent off during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in fewer than four days.  New for the 2015-16 season, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding to Utah’s Park City, soon to be the largest ski resort in the U.S., and Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin
  • The Tahoe Value Pass™ is best for people who can handle a few restrictions. Ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. It is available for $429, and pays for itself in just over three days. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for 50 percent off per day.
  • The Epic Pass™ allows pass holders to ski as much as they want, whenever they want for $769. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher* in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No blackout dates. A child pass is $399.

Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood are all slated to open for the 2015-16 season in November. For the best prices of the season on all Tahoe passes and for more information on pass holder benefits, visit before September 7, 2015. 
About Best of Tahoe Resorts
Collectively, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort offer guests unmatched variety, the highest standard of guest service, the most terrain with 10,270 skiable acres, and access to the region’s finest snow surface conditions through state-of-the-art snowmaking and acclaimed natural snow depth. The Best of Tahoe resorts, subsidiaries of Vail Resorts, Inc., represent the essence of Lake Tahoe’s most famed characteristics – including Heavenly’s unrelenting, high-energy party atmosphere, Northstar’s renown for laid-back California luxury and Kirkwood’s prized bounty of authentic, big-mountain terrain and prodigious snow depth. Each resort’s unique characteristics complement one another and combine to offer skiers and riders the Best of Tahoe experience. 

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher, Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is



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