Vail Resorts announces Merchant Pass details
VAIL, Colorado – Vail Resorts has announced details of the 2011-12 Eagle County Merchant Pass program, which offers skiing and snowboarding on more than 11,000 acres at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, with restrictions. The pass will be sold for $629. The price of the pass is subject to change.Unlike other passes, the pass ownership resides with the business versus an individual and has a one-time transfer for $100 to accommodate employee changes. The Merchant Pass will be restricted at Vail and Beaver Creek Nov. 25-26,Dec. 26-31, Jan 14 and Feb.18-19.The Merchant Pass provides a number of other benefits to employees. Benefits include six ski-with-a-friend tickets and four $69 lift tickets, summer lift access at Vail and Beaver Creek (excluding bike haul), Adventure Ridge discounts, and one free ski or snowboard group lesson at Vail or Beaver Creek.In order to be eligible for the Merchant Pass program, businesses must first belong to the Vail Chamber & Business Association, Vail Valley Partnership or Beaver Creek Resort Company. Second, businesses must participate in one of two customer service programs, “Service to the Power of You” or the “Platinum Service Program.”To obtain a Merchant Pass, businesses must contact their qualified association to determine eligibility. All Merchant Pass information is distributed through the associations.Vail Mountain opens Nov. 18 and Beaver Creek Mountain opens Nov. 23.