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Best of Tahoe resorts offer four pass options for 2015-16 season; Tahoe Local Pass includes free skiing in Colorado and Utah

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A skier hikes through powder earlier this month at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Best of Tahoe resorts — which includes Heavenly — recently announced its pass options for Lake Tahoe for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season.
Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort |

The Best of Tahoe resorts — Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort — will again offer the region’s most valuable season pass options for winter 2015-16. Not only will they offer access to Lake Tahoe’s most terrain and best conditions with fewer restrictions than other resorts’ season pass options, but the Tahoe Local Pass will offer additional ski and ride days in Colorado and Utah.

The pass starts at $429 with as little as $49 down and the balance due in the fall. Skiers and riders have until April 12 to secure the best available rates and value for winter 2015-16 season passes with six discounted buddy tickets.

New for the 2015-16 season, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding at Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin along with Utah’s Park City, soon to be the U.S.’ largest ski resort after combining with Canyons.

As always, The Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Tahoe Local Pass and Tahoe Value Pass provide access to the region’s three premier resorts —Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood — with a combined 10,270 acres of skiable terrain and three unique resort experiences. Heavenly delivers an unmatched high-energy vibe, Northstar offers Tahoe’s premier luxury experience in a family-friendly atmosphere, and Kirkwood is known for its authentic, big mountain ski and ride experience.

“Our commitment to deliver the most access and most reliable snow conditions is unique among Tahoe resorts, and this year we’ve again proven that to pass holders,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO for Heavenly. “We look forward to offering the Tahoe region’s best ski and ride experience for 2015-16, as well as new opportunity for Tahoe Local Pass holders to experience Utah and Colorado.

“Between Heavenly and Northstar’s world-class snowmaking systems and Kirkwood’s legendary snow accumulation — which enabled the mountain to offer 100 percent of its terrain this season — pass holders can look forward to a great 2015-16 season.”

Starting March 10 and offering additional incentive to purchase early, skiers and riders visiting the resorts this spring can turn in their day lift ticket and apply the value of that ticket toward the purchase of a season pass. Early purchasers also receive six discounted buddy tickets for friends and family to use during winter 2015-16.

Early season pass prices with six discounted single-day lift tickets to ski with friends and family are only guaranteed through April 12. Vail Resorts is making it as easy as possible for guests to lock in these prices with a $49 down payment now with the balance due in mid-September 2015.

All Vail Resorts season pass purchasers will receive exclusive offers and promotions on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2015-16 ski and snowboard season. In addition, skiers and riders who purchase their passes this spring will also receive special benefits for summer 2015, including access to sightseeing gondola rides at the company’s resorts.

VAIL RESORTS 2015-16 SEASON PASS OPTIONS FOR LAKE TAHOE

Tahoe Local Pass: The best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week, plus five days in Colorado and Utah.

It includes Saturday access at all three Tahoe resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $479. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for 50 percent off during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in fewer than four days. New for the 2015-16 season, the Tahoe Local Pass now includes five days of non-holiday skiing and riding to Utah’s Park City and Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.

Tahoe Value Pass: Ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood.

Available for $429, pays for itself in just over three days. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for 50 percent off per day.

Epic Local Pass: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions.

For $579, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days.

The Epic Pass: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $769.

Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 11 resorts including Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, along with Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. No blackout days or restrictions apply. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just under five days.

For more information about Vail Resorts season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit http://www.epicpass.com. For spring lodging offers and the latest snow conditions updates at all three California resorts, visit http://www.skiheavenly.com, http://www.northstarcalifornia.com or http://www.kirkwood.com.


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