Riders in the Rockies love fresh powder, but what about French powder?
Vail Resorts announced Thursday they will partner with Les 3 Vallées in France to offer five unrestricted days of access with the Epic Pass for the 2013-2014 season.
Epic Pass holders can experience the French Alps in the largest interconnected ski area in the world. Les 3 Vallées is comprised of eight different resorts, including the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens.
The addition of France brings the Epic Pass offerings up to 26 mountains in four different countries, including Austria and Switzerland. The current cost of the Epic Pass is $689 for adults, which offers unlimited access with no blackout dates for all of the mountains. The Epic Pass began in 2008 with only a mere six U.S. mountain resorts.
Rosalie Waxman, international communications specialist at Vail Resorts, said the company has good relationships with European resorts of their caliber and they were excited at the idea of a mutually beneficial relationship.
“Les 3 Vallées offers a truly exceptional European ski and snowboard experience that offers the same incredible terrain that we provide,” she said.
This is the second consecutive year Epic Pass holders can take advantage of slopes in Europe. The Epic Pass does not include any airfare or lodging, but holders do receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2013-2014 season at Vail Resorts locations.
The other Les 3 Vallées resorts are Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville and Orelle.
Epic Pass holders have access to all eight mountains during the five days in France. Waxman said Les 3 Vallées is often voted best location in Europe for early season snow, and opens Dec. 7, 2013.
Waxman said anyone who has already purchased an Epic Pass shouldn’t worry — every 2013-2014 Epic Pass will include the five days in France.
“It’s our hope that this partnership, and increased value, will attract new guests to our resorts,” she said. “We’re thrilled to offer our Epic Season Pass holders the opportunity to extend their winter to three countries in Europe.”
In March, Vail Resorts announced five days of free of access to Verbier, Switzerland. Epic Pass holders can also take advantage of five consecutive days in Alberg, Austria.
Other mountains included with the pass are Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado, three in Lake Tahor, and Canyons in Park City, Utah.
Five unrestricted free days of skiing and riding will also be offered for Les 3 Vallées season pass holders at the Vail Resorts locations.
Vincent Lalanne-Clouté, director of Les 3 Vallées, said in a prepared statement he was excited to partner with Vail Resorts.
“Les 3 Vallées is the … preeminent destination in ski terrain choice, service and gastronomy in Europe,” he said. “All eight resorts in Les 3 Vallées area look forward to welcoming Epic Pass holders to France this winter, and offering our guests the experience of skiing and riding the premier resorts in the United States.”
All season passes, including the Epic Pass, are available for purchase at www.epicpass.com. Current prices are only guaranteed through Sept. 2, 2013.