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Epic Savings for Military and Veterans with the Military Epic Pass

If you love to ski or snowboard, you might already know about the Epic Pass offered by Vail Resorts. But did you know that they offer a special Military Epic Pass?

RELATED: Military Ski Pass Discounts and Winter Gear Savings

About Vail Resorts

Vail is a ski resort in the western US, near the town of Vail, CO. The resort is 5,289 acres and is the 3rd largest single-mountain ski resort in the United States. Vail is one of the 37 resorts you have access to with the Military Epic Pass with Vail Resorts.

Vail has 193 trails and is broken up into three sections, the Front Side, Blue Sky Basin, and Back Bowls. The Vail Village was modeled on Bavarian village styles with pedestrian streets.

Vail Resorts Founded by a Veteran

Vail Resorts was founded by Pete Seibert, who served in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division during WWII, and Earl Eaton, an Army engineer during the war. They were both ski patrol guides in Aspen, CO, who founded Vail in 1962. The company was then known as Vail Associates and was purchased by George N. Gillett Jr. in 1985.

The name was changed to Vail Resorts in 1997. They now operate 37 ski resorts in the US, Canada, and Australia. 

Where can you use the Military Epic Pass?

  • Vail, CO
  • Beaver Creek, CO
  • Breckenridge, CO
  • Keystone, CO
  • Park City, UT
  • Crested Butte, CO
  • Heavenly, CA/NV
  • Northstar, CA
  • Kirkwood, CA
  • Stevens Pass, WA
  • Wilmot, WI
  • Afton Alps, MN
  • Mt Brighton, MI
  • Alpine Valley, OH
  • Boston Mills, OH
  • Brandywine, OH
  • Mad River Mountain, OH
  • Hidden Valley, MO
  • Snow Creek, MO
  • Paoli Peaks, IN
  • Stowe, VT
  • Okemo, VT
  • Mount Sunapee, NH
  • Mount Snow, VT
  • Attitash Mountain Resort, NH
  • Wildcat Mountain, NH
  • Crotched Mountain, NH
  • Hunter Mountain, NY
  • Liberty Mountain Resort, PA
  • Roundtop Mountain Resort, PA
  • Whitetail Resort, PA
  • Jack Frost, PA
  • Big Boulder, PA
  • Seven Springs, PA
  • Hidden Valley, PA
  • Laurel Mountain, PA
  • Whistler Blackcomb, BC
  • Perisher, Australia – 2023 Access
  • Falls Creek, Australia – 2023 Access
  • Hotham, Australia – 2023 Access

Who can use which pass?

There are 2 different options to choose from, based on your status. They are:

  • Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired/Registered Dependent 
  • Military Epic Pass – Veteran/Dependent 

What are the differences between each of the Military Epic Passes?

Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired/Registered Dependent

These passes have traditionally provided access to all 40 Vail Resorts-owned and operated resorts.

Military Epic Pass – Veteran/Dependent

These passes have provided access to all 40Vail Resorts-owned and operated resorts. See the official site for current rules, restrictions, and pricing.

Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired/Registered Dependent

All dependents have been included in this pass in past promotions.

Military Epic Pass – Veteran/Dependent

There may be special pricing for dependent children under 18 years of age. 

How do you get the Military Epic pass?

If you are a current or former member of the military or a dependent of an active duty member or a veteran you qualify for these passes. This includes the national guard and reserves, as well as all branches of the US military. 

There is a military status verification process within the checkout process. Registered dependents age 16 and older will need to use their own credentials. Those under 16 would use their sponsor’s credentials. 

What if you buy the pass but then get deployed or move?

Epic Coverage is free and includes refunds for personal events, including deployments and reassignments to another location. 

What else do we need to know about the pass?

  • The pass also includes discounts on rentals, ski school, and lodging. 
  • Each Military Epic Pass offers Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets. This includes 6 discounted, single-day lift tickets for friends and family. They vary in price based on when you visit. 
  • If the pass is purchased in the spring, you will also get summer access, which is sightseeing only. 
  • Sales typically begin in March of each year. 

What about the Liberty Pass?

The Liberty Pass is back! With the Liberty Pass, you can have unlimited access to ski and ride Keystone all season long. The pass is $274 for active duty, retired, veterans, and dependents over the age of 18. Children aged 5-17 pay $191.

Where do I go for more information and to purchase the Epic Military pass?

Please visit the official Epic Pass website for more information and to purchase your pass. 





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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, and blogger. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.