BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts on Wednesday announced a partnership with the largest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallees, home to the legendary mountain resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, 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 Vallees, bringing the total access to 26 world-class mountains in four countries.
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 Vallees, 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 Vallees area lies in the heart of the French Alps and is legendary among skiers and riders around the globe. It’s 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 Vallees 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 Vallees 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 Vallees, as Epic Pass holders can now ski the best resorts in the world, in four countries, on one pass,” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “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.”
Boasting eight different resorts, 600 kilometers of interconnected trails, 180 ski lifts, and approximately five meters (16.6 feet) of annual snowfall, Les 3 Vallees is the largest interconnected ski area in the world, including the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens. Les 3 Vallees ski area will be open from Dec. 7 April 25.
“Les 3 Vallees is the largest ski area in the world and preeminent destination in ski terrain choice, service and gastronomy in Europe,” said Vincent Lalanne-Cloute, director of Les 3 Vallees. “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 Vallees 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 Sept. 2.