Avid skiing military families and those lucky enough to be stationed in Colorado (one of our spirit homes!) are likely aware that the Military Epic Pass dropped over the weekend. The Epic Pass is a season ticket that gives you access to ski at all participating Vail Resorts. Regularly priced at $979 per pass, Vail Resorts honors the service of Pete Seibert (founder of Vail Mountain) by offering the Military Epic Pass at a steep discount. This year, the Military Epic Pass is $169 and currently marked down even further at $135 per pass! Verification of Active Duty status is done through SheerID and the process is quick and painless. If you are stationed near a participating resort and have been on the fence about skiing as a family or even learning to ski, I highly recommend biting the bullet and getting the Military Epic Pass – you won’t regret it!
Neither Clay nor I grew up skiing with our families (we both learned to ski as teenagers). But as our children got older, we felt the pull to ski as a family and have them learn but we always managed to talk ourselves out of it – mainly because it felt like an ordeal to get started and it isn’t exactly the cheapest activity for a family of four. But when Epic Pass announced the acquisition of Peak Resorts while we were stationed in the Washington DC area, we bit the bullet and purchased the Military Epic Pass because Liberty Mountain Resort and a handful of resorts in the Poconos were included. And the rest is history!
Who is Eligible for the Military Epic Pass? According the Epic Pass website, the following service members and their dependents are eligible for the Military Epic Pass:
- Active Duty
- Reserve & Guard Forces: Members of the Reserve & Guard are eligible for the Military Epic Pass if they are currently serving in the Reserves or National Guard (serving on Title 32 orders). Members of the IRR – Individual Ready Reserve – are not eligible.
- Active/Retired/Reserve/Guard Forces Dependent: Registered Dependents of Active/Retired Military members, including spouse and child dependents. Parents of military members are not included, as well as children who are no longer dependent.
Participating Resorts with the Military Epic Pass
- Northeast: Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Hunter, Attitash, Wildcat, Mount Sunapee, Crotched
- Mid-Atlantic: Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost, Big Boulder
- Midwest: Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River Mountain, Hidden Valley, Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks
- Rockies: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Park City, Keystone, Crested Butte
- West: Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stevens Pass
- Canada: Whistler Blackbomb,
- International: Perisher, Australia (2022 Access); Falls Creek, Australia (2022 Access); Hotham, Australia (2022 Access)
The Military Epic Pass provides access to all the resorts listed above, including holidays. Should ski resorts use a similar reservation system like they did last season due to COVID-19, Epic pass holders get priority access.
If you’re a military family planning to ski more than once next ski season at any of the participating resorts, the Military Epic Pass can’t be beat. We’re so happy that our kids learned to ski as children and while it skiing isn’t the most affordable family activity, it is certainly one of the most fun! It is also something we will be able to do together for the foreseeable future. The pandemic prevented us from flying somewhere to ski this past winter (we stuck to local skiing at Wilmot Mountain) but now that we’re vaccinated- game on! I’m not sure which resort we’ll end up visiting but it will definitely be one that we’re able to use our Military Epic Pass to ski.