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EPIC USA Road Trip

Nick August 27th, 2015

The incredible EPIC Season Pass is perhaps the best ever season pass money can buy – at just £461 for unlimited skiing in 11 resorts spread over 3 countries, it’s simply unbeatable. I wanted to see if we could plan a viable road trip to take in the best of Colorado, Utah and California in an Epic USA Road Trip.

Remember to sign up for Epic Mix to view your ski stats and pics throughout your trip…

British Airways

British Airways

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Colorado: Storm of the Century brings over 70cm of fresh snow!

Vicky February 4th, 2014

Ski resorts in Colorado, USA have just witnessed one of the biggest storms in many years in what has been dubbed the ‘Storm of the Century’. There were accumulations of over 60cm of snow in 48 hours in Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Vail and Keystone! These are the largest snowfalls since the 2000-2001 winter season and totals for the 48 hour period to the 31st January were:

  • Vail: 66cm with 5,289 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 31 lifts.
  • Beaver Creek: 71cm with 1,832 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 24 lifts.
  • Breckenridge: 81cm with 2,907 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 35 lifts.
  • Keystone: 68cm with 3,058 acres of skiable terrain accessible by 19 lifts.

The only way to do justice to this amazing news (save for booking a flight and getting out there to experience it for yourself!) is to marvel at some awesome photos from the last few days:

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Ptarmigan Chalet, Vail – Home from Home

The Team January 23rd, 2013

Sam and Shell, chalet hosts at our fantastic Ptarmigan Catered Chalet in Vail, Colorado, have put together a great video which gives a taste of what it’s like to stay at Ptarmigan Chalet, and to experience the Vail valley.  Read the rest of this entry »

Vail Resorts and Verbier both officially Epic

Michael September 7th, 2012

Vail Resorts announced yesterday that their Epic season pass has been extended to include the Swiss resort of Verbier.

It’s the first time I can remember a North American lift pass product also including the ability to ski in a European resort. After my initial surprise on hearing the news, I have to say I’m now rather taken with the idea.

The Epic pass allows unlimited skiing all season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood by Lake Tahoe in California. The new partnership allows an extra 3 days free skiing in Verbier on a 4 Vallées ticket with no date restrictions. All eight resorts together give you  access to a grand total of 23,610 acres of terrain. Read the rest of this entry »

What did you get for your 50th birthday?

Gareth June 8th, 2012

Was it a state of the art Gondola? Nope, me neither! But Vail is turning 50 next winter and they are getting a brand new gondola to improve their (already) world class lift system.

The gondola will replace The Vista Bahn Express lift (or lift #16, whichever you prefer) and is situated pretty much on the doorstep of The Lodge at Vail, does that make this is THE place to stay? I think so…

Anyway, more about the new gondola, here are some facts for you:

  • It’ll take 10 passengers per cabin and this will give an increased uplift capacity of 40% – that means less queuing time to me and you.
  • There will be heated and cushioned seats – very nice.
  • FREE wi-fi access – yep that’s right, you’re always connected!  Check out your latest Epic Mix stats on the way back up the mountain!
  • Ride time to Mid-Vail of 7.5 mins versus the old quad ride time of 9mins plus.
  • Opening day is 15 November 2012, but bear in mind that is the day BEFORE the mountain opens!

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Epic skiing, Epic value

The Team May 17th, 2012

Vail Resorts, who own Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, as well as Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California, are currently offering their guaranteed best pricing on their various lift pass products, including the Epic Pass, for winter 2012-13. The passes offer exceptional value for money at eight of North America’s top resorts.

The Epic Pass

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Life in the Singles Lane

The Team February 20th, 2012

There is a lot you can learn being single, skiing single that is.  In one day you can meet a lovely couple from Chicago, a teenager from Venezuela, a father from the UK, a guy on a long weekend “business conference” for Oil & Gas who works in Paris but is originally from Scotland!  However, it is the locals who are the best value in the Vail area singles lane – they know the mountain.  I’m talking about the guys who’ve been skiing Vail for over 25 years.  Now, I’m not going to say that the only way to have fun at Vail is to meet and follow around  local skiers BUT they have showed me this year where the great snow is to be found!

The mantra on the slopes early this season was how great last season was – the excitement was intense and contagious.  The new season didn’t get off to quite the same start, but more recently to my delight I have not been hearing how “great last season was” five times a day.  The new mantra at Vail is that the snow pack is working its magic, the back bowls are fully open and even the bumps are fun and knee-friendly so be happy.  How lucky we are! Even better, the normal weather patterns are returning.  Even as I write we’ve had 5” overnight! Read the rest of this entry »

An Epic adventure…

Karen December 19th, 2011

Superlatives can be overused in the ski industry.  We are sometimes guilty of bigging-up things as ‘awesome!’ or ‘fantastic!’ and that means that when you need a really big impact word – well… where do you go?!  So with this in mind I headed out to Colorado to check out some of the Vail Resorts family and see if their ‘Epic’ tag rang true…I wasn’t disappointed.

The Vail resorts portfolio includes Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone and the Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, as well as Heavenly and Northstar in California.  Each resort has its own character so there’s no ‘production line’ feel to things but the Vail Resorts brand does assure the guest of consistently high levels of customer service and excellent on-mountain facilities.  Their Rock Resorts hotel brand maintains these standards off the slopes too. Read the rest of this entry »

Ptarmigan Chalet, Vail

Michael November 9th, 2011

30 feet of light dry fluffy powder and an annual average of 300 blue sky days a year means Vail Colorado is always near the top of any list of the world’s best ski destinations.  Vail Mountain offers a heavy mix of alpine bowls, glades and wide-open trails linked by a super quick and efficient modern lift system. The town of Vail serves up some exceptional après ski, dining and shopping – everywhere you go, superb service is the order of the day. Read the rest of this entry »