Telluride joins the EPIC pass in what is another chapter of the saga of two giants to get the biggest market share in North America.

In what is another chapter of this saga of the two giants trying to get the biggest slice of the cake, Vail Resorts adds Telluride as one of the resorts you can ski if you purchase the Epic Pass.

Telluride gondola - Photo by Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride gondola – Photo by Telluride Ski Resort

As per Vail Resorts website, they have entered a “long-term alliance” with Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado, adding it to the Epic Pass starting in 2018-19. The Epic Pass now offers access and benefits to a total of 46 mountain resorts worldwide.

The Epic Pass will include now seven free days of direct-to-lift access at Telluride with no blackout dates. This means that Epic pass holders can go straight to the lifts without having to go to a ticket window to redeem their tickets. Passholders will be able to get 50% off lift ticket once they have used those seven days.

The town of Telluride, a classic picture with the Sheridan hotel and the beautiful San Juan Mountains in the backdrop - picture by Telluride ski resort.
The town of Telluride, a classic picture with the Sheridan hotel and the beautiful San Juan Mountains in the backdrop – picture by Telluride ski resort.

For those season passholders of Telluride and Telluride Ski and Golf Club member with full winter benefits, there will be a 50% discount off lift tickets at all Vail Resorts-owned mountain resorts.

Telluride has been rated #1 Ski Resort in North America for five of the last six years by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

The beautiful San Juan Mountains in the background of Telluride. Photo: Telluride Ski Resort.
The beautiful San Juan Mountains in the background of Telluride. Photo: Telluride Ski Resort.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Telluride Ski Resort on the Epic Pass for the 2018-19 winter season, offering skiers and snowboarders even greater value and variety with the most popular season pass in the mountain resort industry. Telluride is on the bucket list of skiers and snowboarders around the world and we’re delighted to offer this iconic mountain resort as part of the Epic Pass experience,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

“Telluride is excited to join the Epic Pass and a collection of world-class mountain resorts that skiers and snowboarders around the world come back to time and again. This new season pass alliance is more comprehensive and longer term than prior pass alliances and will provide an incredible benefit for both Telluride guests and our resort community. Epic Pass skiers and snowboarders thrive on new, unique one-of-a-kind adventures. We offer an extraordinary big mountain experience, signature hospitality and guest service, and an authentic, welcoming mountain town surrounded by stunning scenery,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf.

Dawn at Telluride- Photo: Telluride Ski Resort.
Dawn at Telluride- Photo: Telluride Ski Resort.

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains boast some of ski country’s most incredible terrain, and Telluride is its mecca, stashed amongst the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America. The breath-taking scenery is undeniably some of the most beautiful in the Rockies. Living up to its reputation for legendary terrain, Telluride has something for everyone. The Plunge, Revelation Bowl and Gold Hill offer plenty of steeps for experts. See Forever and Prospect Bowl provide ideal terrain for intermediates and the wide open, gentle slopes of The Sunshine Express and The Meadows start beginners off right while enjoying the endless scenery of the San Juans.

About Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski & Golf, rated the #1 ski resort in North America five out of the last six years by Condé Nast Traveler, offers visitors an unparalleled combination of world-renowned ski terrain, spectacular scenery, unspoiled character, and signature hospitality. Nestled in the 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado’s majestic San Juan Mountains, the acclaimed resort offers over 2,000 skiing acres with some of the most legendary terrain in the Northern Hemisphere. During the winter, nonstop flights to Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) are available from 10 U.S. cities. For more information visit, www.tellurideskiresort.com.

Telluride at night - Photo: Telluride ski resort.
Telluride at night – Photo: Telluride ski resort.

About Vail Resorts, Inc.
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 11 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Featured Image: Main street downtown Telluride – Photo credits: Telluride Ski Resort. 

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