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OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT / EPIC PASS FAQ

UPDATE: June 4, 2018 - Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado.

As expected, an exciting announcement like this raises many questions, so please take the time to read the following Frequently Asked Questions:

If a guest keeps their Okemo Mountain Resort Gold Pass, Ultimate Pass or Classic Pass (instead of exchanging for an Epic Pass) they will receive 50% off then-current daily lift ticket rates at all Vail Resorts-owned mountains beginning in fall 2018 with the start of the 2018-19 winter season.

Okemo Mountain Resort Season Pass Holder FAQ

What is the new benefit for Okemo Season Pass holders? 
Okemo un-restricted Season Pass holders will receive 50% off the then-current window lift ticket price at all Vail Resorts (VR)-owned resorts.

Which of Okemo’s pass products  include  this benefit?

  • Okemo Gold Pass
  • Okemo Ultimate Pass
  • Okemo Classic Pass

Which of Okemo’s pass products are not qualified and  exclude  this benefit? 
Midweek and College Pass products do not qualify for this benefit and are excluded.  All other lift access products are excluded.

When does this new benefit for Okemo season pass holders begin? 
The new benefit will begin for the 2018-19 winter season (Northern Hemisphere resorts) & winter 2019 season (Perisher, Australia) and is planned to continue beyond, as this is a multi-year agreement.

Which VR-owned resorts are included with this benefit? 
This benefit applies at all VR-owned resorts. The list currently includes:

Colorado:  Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone ; Utah:  Park City ; California:  Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood ; Canada:  Whistler Blackcomb ; Australia:  Perisher ; Vermont:  Stowe , Midwest U.S.:  Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton

Are any VR resorts excluded from this benefit?
VR “ partner” resorts in the U.S. (Arapahoe Basin, Telluride), Canada (Resorts of the Canadian Rockies), Japan (Hakuba Valley) and Europe (all partners) are excluded from this benefit. 

What is the  “then-current” window lift ticket price at a VR-owned resort? 
VR-owned resorts offer different prices on lift tickets at different mountains based on the time of year. “Then-current” is the same-day window price of a lift ticket for your age category on the day you intend to use the 50% off benefit.

Is this benefit transferable? 
No. Only the named Okemo Passholder may use this benefit.

When will the benefit be available to Okemo season pass holders? 
You will be able to use this benefit during the winter operating season for each VR-owned resort based on each resort’s respective opening and closing dates.

Can I use the 50% VR-benefit before Okemo Mountain Resort opens for the winter? 
Yes, as long as it is during the 2018-19 winter operating season.

Can I use the 50% VR-benefit after Okemo Mountain Resort closes for the winter? 
Yes, as long as it is during the 2018-19 winter operating season.

Are there any blackout dates for this new 50% benefit? 
No. The benefit is unrestricted and may be used anytime during the 2018-19 winter operating season.

Is there a limit to the number of days the Okemo season pass holder can use this benefit? 
No. You may use this 50% benefit for one lift ticket per day with no limit on the number of days you purchase.

I am an Okemo season pass holder, may I bring a non-Okemo pass holder along to receive this benefit at a VR-owned resort? 
No. This benefit is non-transferable. Only the owner of the Gold Pass, Ultimate Pass or Classic Pass may present their pass to receive the 50% benefit. One (1) lift ticket per pass holder per day.

How do I use this new 50% benefit? 
Present your valid Okemo Gold Pass, Ultimate Pass or Classic Pass at any VR-owned resort lift ticket window. VR will validate that your season pass is active and issue you an Epic 1-day lift ticket. An additional form of photo ID may be requested.

Can I go direct-to-lift at a VR-owned resort with my Okemo Season Pass? 
No. You must present your valid Okemo season pass at a ticket window where you will be issued an Epic 1-day lift ticket for access.

Can I purchase a multi-day lift ticket and receive the 50% off benefit? 
No. The 50% off discount is applicable to the then-current price of a 1-day window lift ticket. An individual, single-day lift ticket will need to be purchased for each day.

Can I purchase an Epic 1-day lift ticket online, in advance, and receive the 50% off benefit? 
No. The 50% off discount is applicable to the then-current price of a 1-day window lift ticket. The lift ticket must be purchased at the ticket window.

Can I purchase a discount lift ticket and give it to my friend? 
No. The benefit is non-transferable and may only be used by the named Okemo Season Pass holder.

Can I purchase more than one discount lift ticket per day? 
No. The benefit is limited to one lift ticket per day per season pass.

Are my “Bring a Friend Tickets” on my Okemo Ultimate Pass valid at Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts?
No. Ultimate Pass “Bring a Friend Tickets” are only valid at Okemo Mountain Resort.

Do Okemo Ultimate, Classic and Gold Pass holders get summer lift access at Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts?
No. Any associated summer benefits for Okemo Ultimate, Classic and Gold Pass holders are only valid at Okemo.

Here is some information for Okemo's pass holders that wish to exchange their Okemo pass product:

  • If I bought an Okemo season pass, am I entitled to a refund?
    No. However, we will be allowing pass holders who purchased an Okemo season pass to exchange their pass for an Epic Pass product, should they choose to do so.  More information on the process for exchanging pass products will be announced after closing of the sale later this summer.  Please note that following the close of sale, guests wishing to exchange an Okemo season pass purchased prior to the acquisition announcement on 6/4/2018 will be eligible to purchase an Epic Pass product at the price and with the benefits that accompanied that product on 6/4/2018, but only for a limited time.
  • How do I exchange my Okemo season pass for an Epic season pass product?
    More detail on the process for the exchange of Okemo season pass products will be announced after the close of the sale later this summer.
  • If I purchased my Okemo season pass in May/early June and now want to upgrade to an Epic Pass, can I get the same Epic Pass price and benefits from May/early June?
    You will receive current benefits and will be charged or refunded the difference in price based on the day of the exchange.  Please note that following the close of the sale, guests wishing to exchange an Okemo season pass purchased prior to the acquisition announcement on 6/4/2018, will be eligible to purchase an Epic Pass product at the price and with the benefits that accompanied that product on 6/4/2018, but only for a limited time. 

Vail Resorts is offering the following benefits for 2018-19 Epic, Epic Local, Epic Australia, Epic 7-Day, Epic 4-Day, and Military Epic Pass holders, subject to closing of the transactions:

• Epic Pass™: Ski or snowboard unlimited and unrestricted from opening day to closing day for only $899. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over four days of skiing or snowboarding. Enjoy full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort and Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont; Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Stevens Pass in Washington; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia for the 2019 season. New for the 2018-19 season, Epic Pass holders will receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at Telluride in Colorado; seven days at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, which includes Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia, Nakiska in Alberta, and Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham in Quebec; and up to five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts in Japan. The Epic Pass also grants limited access to Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $469.
 
• Epic Local Pass™: For $669, receive unlimited and unrestricted skiing or snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass, Wilmot, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Stowe, plus a combined total of 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions. New for the 2018-19 season, Epic Local Pass holders will receive five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts in Japan. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over three days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $359.

• Epic 7-Day Pass™: For $669, receive a total of seven unrestricted days at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass and Arapahoe Basin, plus seven additional free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain. New for the 2018-19 season, Epic 7-Day Pass holders will receive up to seven days of skiing or snowboarding at Telluride and at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies with no blackout dates as part of their seven total days on the pass. After the seven days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 20 percent off additional lift tickets at Telluride. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $359. The pass pays for itself in just over three days.
 
• Epic 4-Day™: A convenient option for a short ski trip as the pass pays for itself in just over two days and includes a total of four unrestricted days valid at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Crested Butte, Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass and Arapahoe Basin, plus four additional free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain. New in 2018-19, Epic 4-Day Pass holders will receive up to four days of skiing or snowboarding at Telluride and at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies with no blackout dates as part of their four total days on the pass. After the four days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 20 percent off additional lift tickets at Telluride. The Epic 4-Day Pass is $439 for adults and $239 for children (ages five to 12).

 Military Epic Pass: In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Epic Pass on March 18, 2018, Vail Resorts is honoring the epic service of the Company’s founders from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, and the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, Canadian Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force with the introduction of a new $99 Military Epic Pass for active and retired military personnel and their dependents – an almost 90-percent discount to the regular Epic Pass price. Additionally, as the first of its kind in the mountain resort industry, all other U.S., Canadian and Australian veterans and their dependents are eligible for a $499 Military Epic Pass, which offers more than a 40-percent discount off the regular price ($269 for children under 18 years of age). Vail Resorts will donate $1 for every 2018-19 season pass sale to Wounded Warrior Project® to benefit wounded veterans and their families, which would exceed $750,000 based on last year’s sales. Visit www.epicpass.com/military for all details on military pass options.

Vail Resorts’ 2018-19 season passes are on sale now at the lowest guaranteed prices. Visit www.epicpass.com for details and to purchase.

Vail Resorts will continue to honor previously sold 2018-19 season pass products for Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte, and Stevens Pass.

For more information, please visit the Epic Pass page, or contact Resort Services by phone (802-228-1600) or via email.