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The Military Epic Pass: What You Need to Know

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Epic Savings for Military and Veterans with the Military Epic Pass

If you love to ski or snowboard, you might already know about the Epic Pass offered by Vail Resorts. But did you know that they offer a special Military Epic Pass?

These passes are discounted from the regular price, and are such a great deal!  Here is what you need to know about these passes.


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Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts was founded by Pete Seibert, who served in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division during WWII, and Earl Eaton, who served as an Army engineer during the war. They were both ski patrol guides in Aspen, CO who founded Vail in 1962. The company was then known as Vail Associates and was purchased by George N. Gillett Jr. in 1985.

The name was changed to Vail Resorts in 1997. They now operate 37 ski resorts in the US, Canada, and Australia. 

Where can you use the Military Epic Pass?

  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek
  • Whistler Blackcomb
  • Breckenridge
  • Park City
  • Keystone
  • Heavenly
  • NorthStar
  • Kirkwood
  • Stowe
  • Crested Butte
  • Okemo
  • Mount Sunapee
  • Stevens Pass
  • Wilmot
  • Afton Alps
  • Mt. Brighton Mount Snow
  • Attitash
  • Wildcat
  • Crotched Mountain
  • Hunter
  • Liberty
  • Roundtop
  • Whitetail
  • Jack Frost
  • Alpine Valley
  • Big Boulder
  • Boston Mills
  • Brandy Mills
  • Brandywine
  • Mad River
  • Hidden Valley
  • Snow Creek
  • Paoli Peaks 
  • Perisher in Australia
  • Falls Creek in Australia
  • Hotham in Australia

Who can use which pass?

There are several different options to choose from, based on your status. They are:

  • Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired/Registered Dependent 
  • Military Epic Pass – Veteran/Dependent 

What are the differences between each of the Military Epic Passes?

Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired/Registered Dependent

These passes give you access to all 37 Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts.

The cost for 2021-2022 is $175.

Military Epic Pass – Veteran/Dependent

These passes give you access to all 37 Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts.

The cost for 2021-2022 is $479 for those 18+ and $271 for children ages 5-17.

The regular cost of the Epic Pass is $879  for adults, 13+ and $423 for children ages 5-12. This year they are offering 20% off all passes. With the military discount, you are also getting that 20% in addition to the discount. 

What about children?

Military Epic Pass – Active/Retired/Registered Dependent

All dependents are included in this pass.

Military Epic Pass – Veteran/Dependent

There is special pricing for dependent children under 18 years of age. 

How do you get the pass?

If you are a current or former member of the military or a dependent of an active duty member or veteran you qualify for these passes. This includes the national guard and reserves, as well as all branches of the US military. 

There is a military status verification process within the checkout process. Registered dependents age 16 and older will need to use their own credentials. Those under 16 would use their sponsor’s credentials. 

What if you buy the pass but then get deployed or move?

Epic Coverage is offered free and includes refunds for personal events, including deployments and being reassigned to another location. 

What else do we need to know about the pass?

  • The pass also includes discounts on rentals, ski school, and lodging. 
  • Each Military Epic Pass offers Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets. This includes 6 discounted, single-day lift tickets for friends and family. They vary in price based on when you visit. 
  • If the pass is purchased in the spring, you will also get summer access, which is sightseeing only. 
  • Sales typically begin in March of each year. 

Where do I go for more information and to purchase the Epic Military pass?

Please visit the official Epic Pass website for more information and to purchase your pass. 





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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.