Vail Resorts adds Les 3 Vallées, France to the Epic Pass

August 28th, 2013 by

Vail Resorts has made yet another addition to the Epic Pass, adding France’s Les 3 Vallées, which includes the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Baines, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. The Epic Pass will now feature five days of skiing or riding in Les 3 Vallées, which will be reciprocated for all Les 3 Vallées season pass holders as well. Les Vallées joins Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Eldora, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Verbier and Arlberg on the pass.

Press Release, Broomfield, CO, August 28, 2013:

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced an epic partnership with the largest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallées, home to the legendary mountain resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle, France. The Epic Season Pass now features five free days of skiing and riding in Les 3 Vallées, bringing the total access to 26 world-class mountains in four countries and further enhancing the already exceptional value of the world’s greatest lift pass. Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to experience the best of Europe and the best of the USA, with access to Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria; and now Les 3 Vallées, France, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe; and new for the 2013-2014 season, Canyons in Park City, Utah. Les 3 Vallées area lies in the heart of the French Alps and is legendary among skiers and riders around the globe, revered for its elegant charm and baroque art and architecture, boasting nine ski-in/ski-out Michelin-star restaurants and exceptional ski-in/ski-out lodging, all while maintaining its alpine character and family friendly appeal. Often voted the best location in Europe for early season snow, Les 3 Vallées has been a long-standing favorite for skiers and riders seeking a truly world-class European experience.

The unrestricted five free days of skiing and riding will be reciprocated for Les 3 Vallées season pass holders, allowing even more European guests to experience Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts. At only $689, the Epic Season Pass is the best value lift pass in the industry.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Les 3 Vallées, as Epic Pass holders can now ski the best resorts in the world, in four countries, on one pass. Vail Resorts is constantly looking for opportunities to enhance the incredible value of the Epic Pass that our guests already receive and enjoy. In March, we announced that we increased the number of free days of access to Verbier, Switzerland, from three to five for the 2013-2014 season, followed shortly thereafter with news of an additional five days access to Arlberg, Austria, and most recently our acquisition of Vail Resorts’ first Utah mountain resort, Canyons” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “Epic Season Pass holders already enjoy an incredible experience with unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ eight world-class resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and, as well as Arapahoe Basin and Eldora, but the addition of fifteen complimentary days of world-class skiing across France, Austria and Switzerland makes the Epic Pass the most compelling lift ticket offering available for skiers and riders, irrespective of where they live around the globe.”

Boasting 8 different resorts, 600 kilometers of interconnected trails, 180 ski lifts, and approximately five meters (16.6 feet) of annual snowfall, Les 3 Vallées is the largest interconnected ski area in the world, including the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens. Les 3 Valléesski area will be open from Dec. 7, 2013 – Apr. 25, 2014.

“Les 3 Vallées is the largest ski area in the world and preeminent destination in ski terrain choice, service and gastronomy in Europe” said Vincent Lalanne-Clouté, director of Les 3 Vallées. “We’re excited to partner with Vail Resorts as they operate the preeminent mountain resorts in the U.S. All eight resorts in Les 3 Vallées area look forward to welcoming Epic Pass holders to France this winter and offering our guests the experience of skiing and riding the premier resorts in the United States.”

Skiers and riders receive the lowest guaranteed prices on next season by purchasing their passes before September 2, 2013.

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