Sun Valley, Idaho – Feb. 6, 2019 - Sun Valley and Snowbasin announced today that they are joining the industry-leading Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance beginning with 2019-20 winter season. Both Sun Valley and Snowbasin remain independently-owned and operated and are pleased to participate in the Epic Pass. This new season pass alliance offers broad appeal for many pass holders. Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Epic season passes go on sale in early March.
"Snowbasin and Sun Valley are crown jewels of our family-owned businesses and we are always looking for new ways to provide outstanding service to our guests," noted Carol Holding, whose husband, Earl, bought Sun Valley in 1977. "As we remain committed to investing in and operating our properties for many years to come, this multi-year alliance with the Epic Pass will bring value to our pass holders and introduce more guests to our unique traditions."
“Sun Valley is excited to participate in the Epic Pass starting next season,” stated Tim Silva, Sun Valley’s Vice President and General Manager. “Sun Valley is one of the premier ski destinations in the country, and we welcome Epic Pass holders to our resort. This will offer a significant benefit to Epic Pass holders, Sun Valley and Snowbasin season pass holders, and our resort communities."
“As one of the most accessible and historic ski areas in North America, Snowbasin is pleased to offer Epic Pass holders another option in Utah,” said Davy Ratchford, Snowbasin’s General Manager. “This will also greatly benefit Snowbasin’s longtime clientele with expanded access to resorts across the globe.”
Sun Valley has invested in significant improvements over the past several years to optimize the overall guest experience. The Sun Valley Lodge and Spa had a complete renovation in 2015, and more recently, the remodel of the historic Sun Valley Inn, the rebuild of the Warm Springs Day Lodge, and new employee housing strengthens Sun Valley’s commitment to excellence.
Snowbasin has also been busy enhancing on-mountain skiing and riding with the improved Mt. Ogden Bowl Road, which has been widened and graded to provide a better skiing and riding experience down from John Paul Lodge. Additional snowmaking and the implementation of multiple highly-efficient snowmaking guns also highlight Snowbasin’s commitment to the environment and provide guests with the best early season conditions. The day lodges will undergo renovations that will be ready for the 2019-20 season.
“Sun Valley is a four-season renowned mountain resort and provides visitors from around the world with diverse mountain experiences and world-class dining and shopping. Together with nearby Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin has an incredibly rich winter sports history and this expanded access provides two great options for Epic Pass holders in Utah,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.
In the 2019-20 ski season, Epic Pass holders will have direct-to-lift access to Sun Valley and Snowbasin. Following are the benefits available to guests commencing with the 2019-20 season:
Sun Valley Challenger Passes, College Pass & Snowbasin Premier Season Pass holders: Guests with these unrestricted passes will receive 50 percent off the one-day window lift ticket price at all Vail Resorts-owned and operated destinations.
Epic Pass™: Epic Pass holders will receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin and 50 percent off one-day window lift ticket prices after their respective days have been redeemed.
Epic Local Pass™: Epic Local Pass holders will receive two days of skiing or snowboarding with limited restrictions at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin and 50 percent off one-day window lift ticket prices after their respective days have been redeemed.
Epic 7-Day Pass™: Epic 7-Day Pass holders will receive up to seven days of skiing or snowboarding at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin, with no blackout dates, as part of their seven total days on the pass, beginning with the 2019-20 winter season. After the seven days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders will receive 50 percent off the one-day window lift ticket price at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin.
Epic 4-Day™: Epic 4-Day Pass holders will receive up to four days of skiing or snowboarding at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin, with no blackout dates, as part of their four total days on the pass, beginning with the 2019-20 winter season. After the four days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders will receive 50 percent off the one-day window lift ticket price at both Sun Valley and Snowbasin.
About Sun Valley Resort
Sun Valley Resort was founded in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort. Located in the Idaho mountains, it is truly a four-season resort with a wide array of activities. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts enjoy world-class skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, shooting, concerts, shopping, restaurants, and conference, and special event space. Sun Valley is a member of The Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Sun Valley is served by Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). The airport is located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessed from six major cities: San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), Denver (DEN), and Chicago (ORD). All Sun Valley Resort guests receive complimentary roundtrip airport transportation.
About Snowbasin Resort
Snowbasin Resort is located in Huntsville, Utah, less than 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and only 50 minutes from Park City. Snowbasin Resort is regularly top rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Accessibility, Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming. Snowbasin Resort offers families and outdoor enthusiasts a variety of activities and features championship-level skiing and riding, with nearly 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of 300 inches, and 3,000 vertical feet. Consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continuously operating ski resorts in the nation. Snowbasin Resort is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Sun Valley Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 15 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe and Okemo in Vermont; Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts 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 www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.