You’ll wind up paying a little more for an Epic Pass this year.
Vail Resorts released pricing information for its 2022-23 multi-mountain pass on Monday, announcing a slight increase across the board along with a few new wrinkles. The unlimited Epic Pass jumped from a cost of $783 last season to $841 this season, while the Epic Local and Northeast Value passes increased from $582 to $626 and $479 to $514, respectively.
The pricing plan was Vail’s latest step in the resort conglomerate’s response to what has been a difficult season for its brand. Long lift lines, traffic jams and seasonal thaws inevitably will plague any ski season, but perhaps never to the degree that they did during the 2021-22 campaign. Last spring, of course, Vail Resorts reduced the prices of its popular Epic Passes by 20 percent ($783 vs. $979), creating higher demand. Vail claimed it sold 2.1 million Epic Passes prior to this season, leading to overcrowding and complaints at its resorts across the country. The frustrations have led many Epic Pass holders to the brink of bailing for a different pass next season.
Vail started things off on the right foot last week when CEO Kirsten Lynch announced a new strategic focus on the company’s employees, a plan that calls for a $20-an-hour minimum wage for all North American resort employees, a commitment to affordable employee housing, and a $4 million investment in human resources.