The new normal for ski resorts in the COVID-19 era means reservations are required at all Vail Resorts ski areas in Vermont — Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow — with holders of the company’s Epic Pass receiving priority for access.
Vail announced last week that to get the best possible price on an Epic Pass, good at the company’s 34 North American Resorts, you need to buy by September 17, this Thursday. That’s also the deadline for using your Epic Pass credits from last year, which can cover up to 80% of the pass price.
The Northeast Value Pass is $599, excluding holidays. Other New England resorts owned by Vail include Mount Sunappe, Crotched, Attitash and Wildcat in New Hampshire.
As the Burlington Free Press reported in August, Vail Resorts is also requiring skiers to wear face coverings to get on the mountain and while riding in lifts and gondolas or waiting in line. Early season skiing is reserved for pass holders, with lift tickets unavailable to the general public until Dec. 8.
The Epic Pass includes refunds for certain “personal events,” including illness, job loss and injury, and insures you against resort closures caused by COVID-19.