Not enough snow at Vail, well head West and see what The Canyon’s have. Still not satisfied, well heck, Tahoe must have something then, right?Â Or, what say we jump the pond and sip some top French wine in Verbier and then head down for a raucous 8,200 vertical?
Just the thought about being able to truly follow the powder, whether it’s in Utah, Colorado or California…..or from …gasp..the Alps, gets most of us excited beyond belief. And now, to think that there is actually a season ski ass where all this intercontinenal skiing is possible is pretty amazing.
The Vail Associates Epic Pass includes a lot of resorts in 5 states and 3 countries in Europe. And I do mean a lot as there are 26 resorts in total.
California:Â Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe
Utah:Â Canyons in Park City
Minnesota:Â Afton Alps
Michigan:Â Mt. Brighton
Austria:Â St. Anton, Lech, ZÃ¼rs, St. Christoph and Stuben
If you haven’t been to the Alps to ski, these resorts included in the Epic Pass are some of the premier resorts in Europe. The Arlberg region in Austria and Tres Valees in France get some of the most snow in the Alps. Val Thorens is one of the highest villages, so the conditions there usually rank right up there with the Alp’s best.
So to give you an idea of just how grand this pass is, you get to possibly ski 220 lifts in the US, 84 lifts in Austria, 34 lifts in Switzerland and a whopping 180 lifts the Tre Vallees in France. Total them up and if your quads are in good enough shape, you can ski 518 lifts.
For most of us dreamers, it is just that, a dream.Â Now, back to reality because If you can afford to jetset around the country chasing powder and then over to Europe to change things up a little, you probably aren’t worried about the cost of a ski pass.
However, there are some who may be able to benefit through adding on some extra days to a business trip or family vacation meant for other purposes. For these skiers, it just may work out that they can get a few extra days worth of turns in. And that is what its all about, getting in another few turns.
For me, I still cannot get over the thought of just trying to ski them all. How awesome would that be?
– Lane Lawrence