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The multi-resort pass offered by the US operator, Vail Resorts, is now available for use in more resorts in Europe next winter. It makes it the largest lift pass in the world.

The pass offers reciprocal skiing so people can use the same lift pass in some resorts in North America and some resorts in Europe.

The Epic Pass was first offered in Verbier back in 2012 as we reported at the time.

In early 2013 it expanded to Austria - see here for that story.

And then expanded to Les3Vallees later in 2013.

Next season the resorts in Europe on offer have been consolidated with Italy added.

There are a total of 31 in total across some of the major ski areas in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

It will add the resorts in Les3Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d'Isere in France plus the Skirama Dolomiti Adamello & Brenta areas in Italy.

It will also be available for use in the 4-Vallees in Switzerland and the Arlberg in Austria

The French resorts alone give access to five glaciers, 391 ski lifts and over 800 miles (1,288km) of marked runs for all ability levels within a 30-mile (48km) radius.

"This partnership with Vail Resorts gives skiers and snowboarders access to some of the most iconic winter destinations the world has to offer," said Vincent Lalanne, General Manager of Association Les 3 Vallees. "We couldn't be more excited to provide this type of value to our dedicated guests who want to experience the best skiing in Europe and the U.S."

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Earlier this summer a group of Austrian resorts claimed to have the largest lift pass in the world as The Kitzbuheler Alpen AllStarCard joined up with the Salzburg Soper Ski Card - we reported on it at the time.

The new Austrian pass covers 2,750km of pistes, 900 ski lifts and 25 resorts.

The resorts include Kitzbuhel, Zell am See, Kaprun, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Fieberbrunn, Niederau, Auffach, Alpbach, St Johann, Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll and Westendorf.

But it's not the largest any more!

The Epic Pass currently costs $809 - with the best prices held until Monday September 5th so you will have to hurry if you are interested to get it at the lowest price.

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The ski areas owned and run by Vail Resorts in the USA include Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge in Colorado.

Park City in Utah - now the largest resort in the USA.

Plus Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, California.

It also runs Perisher in Australia and has just bought Whistler in Canada as we reported earlier.

The Epic Pass will not be on offer in Whistler until the season of 2017/18.

"There is nothing in the ski industry today that can compare to the value of the Epic Pass," said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

"The value of the Epic Pass is giving skiers and snowboarders the flexibility to ski when they want and the choice to ski where they want, and the variety of experiences our resorts offer, whether it's the iconic slopes of Vail or Park City, or the grandeur and tradition of Europe, which should be on the bucket list of every skier or snowboarder."

"Whether you ski five days or 100, no pass is tailored to the way skiers and snowboarders actually want to access the best mountains in the world like the Epic Pass," she added.

The idea is to encourage US skiers to buy their Epic Pass and then come to Europe to experience the Alps and for European skiers who maybe heading to a Vail Resorts ski area to buy one and then use it back in the Alps.

There are certain restrictions for use in Europe and some areas require guests to stay at specified hotels.

Resort

Country

Access

Notes

Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-

Val d'Isere

France

Six (6) days of free skiing with two (2) days of skiing at each resort area

  • Includes:

Les 3 Vallees (Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides les Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Bellevelle, Val Thorens and Orelle), Paradiski (Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne), and Tignes-Val d'Isere

  • 2016/2017 Epic pass holders are required to present their valid Epic Pass hard card and a valid photo ID to the lift cashier in each resort to redeem their lift access

Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta

Italy

Three (3) days of free skiing

  • Includes:

Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Folgarida-Marilleva, Peio, Ponte di Legno - Tonale, Andalo - Fai della Paganella, Monte Bondone and Folgarida - Lavarone

  • Epic Pass holders must email info@skirama.it at least one week prior to arrival and specify the Dolomiti ski area where they will pick up their pass and show a valid Epic Pass

4 Vallees

Switzerland

Five (5) consecutive days of free skiing

  • Includes:

Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon

  • To redeem lift access, 2016/2017 Epic Pass holders are required to present their valid Epic Pass hard card, as well as a valid photo ID, to the resort's Ticket Office
  • Offer valid when booking in-resort lodging (details and participating hotels can be found at www.epicpass.com)

Arlberg

Austria

Three (3) days of free skiing

  • Includes:

Lech, Zurs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton

  • Offer valid when booking in-resort lodging (details and participating hotels can be found at www.epicpass.com)
  • Epic Pass holders must book their lodging directly with the property and the property will deliver the passes to the guest upon confirmation of their Epic Pass

 

A few years ago it was on offer in St Anton and proved too popular - for some.

So many people from North America came over and claimed their pass that the lift company regretted the loss in revenue resulting from the reciprocal arrangement.

The hotels were happy, but the lift company was not!

For full details then see here - EpicPass.com

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