The sale of Whistler Blackcomb could lead to steep discounts for season pass holders.
The famed mountain resort was recently acquired by American company Vail Resorts for $1.4 billion, and a spokesperson for the organization has confirmed to Daily Hive that they anticipate Whistler will be included on their Epic Pass program for the 2017/18 winter season.
That means skiers and snowboarders could enjoy discounts of up to 50% on current season pass prices.
Epic Passes for adults are currently listed at $809 USD, or around $1,056 CAD according to Vail Resorts. In comparison regularly priced unlimited adult season passes for Whistler Blackcomb will likely set you back more than $2,000 CAD (or $1,649 CAD with early bird discount).
“We have not announced prices for passes for the 17/18 season so we cannot comment on specific pricing, however we have not historically taken the price of our season passes up because we have acquired a resort,” Vail Resorts spokesperson Kelly Ladyga tells Daily Hive in an email.
Epic Passes offer unlimited skiing not only at Whistler, but at all Vail Resort owned mountains, including:
- Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin, all in Colorado
- Park City in Utah
- Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe
- Perisher in Australia
- Afton Alps in Minnesota
- Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin
- Mt. Brighton in Michigan
Ladyga notes, however, that Epic Passes won’t be available for the 2016/17 season, so skiers and riders might have to wait a little longer to enjoy the savings.
Vail Resorts said they plan on maintaining Whistler Blackcomb’s “unique brand” following the takeover.