Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

Back Bowls of Vail, Colorado. Photo: Jack Affleck - Vail Resorts. Epic Pass expans European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

  • Vail Resorts expands access to seven consecutive days of skiing at Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy with no restrictions, resulting in 26 days of European access 
  • The Epic Pass is the ONLY multi-resort pass to offer significant access to European resorts
  • In one year, the Epic Pass has added access to 20 world-class resorts, inviting guests to experience an unprecedented total of 65 resorts throughout eight countries for $949, offering unlimited, unrestricted access to North America’s best resorts including Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Park City and Breckenridge
  • The last chance to buy the 2018-19 Epic Pass is Sunday, Nov. 18.

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced today that Epic Pass holders will now receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at Les 3 Vallees, France and Skirama Dolomiti in a long-term alliance beginning with 2018-19 winter season. The Epic Pass, available for $949, offers skiers and snowboarders unlimited, unrestricted access to 19 mountain resorts, including world-class destinations like Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Breckenridge and Park City, plus additional access to 46 more throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. The Epic Pass is the only multi-resort pass to offer significant access to European resorts. Sunday, Nov. 18 is the last chance to buy the 2018-19 Epic Pass and the entire suite of Epic Season Pass options.

Skiing began in Europe and that storied heritage – along with the incredible terrain and abundant culture – puts Europe on the bucket list of every skier and snowboarder. The Epic Pass was the first multi-resort pass to offer North American and European access and now it offers an even more expansive experience.

Jardin d'enfants in Val Thorens. Photo credit: Les 3 Vallées. Epic Pass expans European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.
Jardin d’enfants in Val Thorens. Photo credit: Les 3 Vallées. Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

“The value of the Epic Pass is giving skiers and snowboarders the flexibility to ski and ride where and when they want,”said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “Our long-term alliances with Europe’s best ski resorts truly put the Epic Pass in a class of its own.”

“Les 3 Vallees is proud to expand the alliance with the Epic Pass and give skiers and snowboarders access to the largest interconnected ski area in the world,” said Vincent Lalanne, general manager of Les 3 Vallées. “We look forward to welcoming Epic Pass holders to experience the French Alps this season.”

Les Trois Vallées, an amazing expanse of pistes and off-pistes to challenge any type of skier. Photo: Les Trois Vallées.Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.
Les Trois Vallées, an amazing expanse of pistes and off-pistes to challenge any type of skier. Photo: Les Trois Vallées.Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

Les 3 Vallées, the world’s largest connected ski area, is located in the Tarentaise Valley, in the heart of the French Alps. As implied by its name, the area consists of three valleys: Saint Bon, Les Allues and Les Belleville. The ski area is a network of seven resorts Courchevel, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. With 155 lifts, 372 miles (600km) of skiing on 332 marked pistes, Les 3 Vallées offers incredible skiing on high altitude terrain. 85% of the runs are above 5,905 feet (1 800 meters) and Les 3 Vallées is home to Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, at an altitude of 7,545 feet (2 300 meters).

Madonna di Campiglio, part of Skirama Dolomiti. Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.
Madonna di Campiglio, part of Skirama Dolomiti. Epic Pass expands European Access in World-Class Resort in France and Italy: Les 3 Vallées in France and Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta in Italy.

South of the Alps, nestled amongst some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the world such as the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello, is some of the best skiing in Italy. Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta is home to 150 lifts and 236 miles (379 km) of ski slopes that make up acclaimed resorts such as Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo in Val Rendena; Folgarida-Marilleva, Peio and Tonale in Val di Sole; Ponte di Legno, Andalo-Fai della Paganella, Monte Bondone and Folgaria-Lavarone. The winter offering is enriched by the high-quality cuisine and the exclusive “Italian style.”

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The US SKI TEAM is arriving to the skiarea Alpe Cimbra in Trentino.

The US Ski Team is arriving to the Alpe Cimbra ski area in Trentino. Photo Ted Ligety - Salizzona piste.

The US SKI TEAM is arriving to the skiarea Alpe Cimbra in Trentino. The words “Mountain of the Champions” used to refer to Alpe Cimbra couldn’t be more appropriate.

It is official; Alpe Cimbra ski area – Folgaria, Lavarone – is the new training centre of the male US SKI TEAM for the next 4 years. Theslopes Salizzona and Agonistica, the most technical of the ski area, will turn into their training centre.

Alpe Cimbra will be the training grounds of the US Ski Team for the next four years. Photo Ted Ligety. Salizzona piste.
Alpe Cimbra will be the training grounds of the US Ski Team for the next four years. Photo Ted Ligety. Salizzona piste.

The decision of the US Ski team is no coincidence. In the last couple of years, many World Cup teams trained here. The technical features of these slopes coupled with the optimal conditions of the terrain resulting from the professional grooming techniques of the ski lift company led to spread the popularity of the ski area as one the best destination for training purposes. Michael Rech, the President of the tourist office Alpe Cimbra, underlines that “hosting significant skiing international events – like the European Cup races and the Alpe Cimbra Fis Children Cup (former Mickey Mouse Trophy) – and hosting the training of important World Cup ski teams like – Italy, Austria and Sweden – has improved our awareness about what the destination needs to offer to the top athletes. In this sense our efficiency has increased.

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Alpe Cimbra, a real gem in the Trentino Dolomites yet to discover.

Alpe Cimbra resort - Fancy a bit of horse-riding through the snowy forests? Photo by: Azienda per il Turismo Folgaria Lavarone Lusérn

Alpe Cimbra, is still an unknown secret and a real gem in the Trentino Dolomites.

People travelling to the Trentino Dolomites tend to go to Madonna di Campiglio or Val di Fassa, which are both great destinations – Madonna di Campiglio also share its slopes with Pinzolo, and Folgarida and Marilleva in Val di Sole.

Ski Sunrise at Baita Tonda - Folgaria - Photo by: Azienda per il Turismo Folgaria Lavarone Lusérn
Ski Sunrise at Baita Tonda – Folgaria – Photo by: Azienda per il Turismo Folgaria Lavarone Lusérn

Then Val di Fassa is connected to the Sella Ronda – a massive ski carousel of 1,200+ km of skiing around the Grupo della Sella massif. There are some little jewels such as San Martino di Castrozza, Andalo Paganella and Val di Fiemme (which we have produced a Must Read Guide). But Alpe Cimbra is not very renown in the UK and USA.

Alpe Cimbra is located in the Northern Italian Alps of Trentino. It is a different alternative to the better-known resorts of the Dolomites.

A pit-stop while skiing to have a drink - Photo by: Azienda per il Turismo Folgaria Lavarone Lusérn
A pit-stop while skiing to have a drink – Photo by: Azienda per il Turismo Folgaria Lavarone Lusérn

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Madonna di Campiglio is opening early, on November 18th due to the recent snowfalls.

Madonna di Campiglio is looking to bring forward their opening of the ski season, thanks to their recent snowfalls.

The following lifts will be opening on the weekend of the 18th-19th November:  Grostè 1° and 2° part cableway, Grostè Express and Rododendro chairlift.

Lifts will open all day from 9 am  till 4 pm with lift pass rates as following: adult 30 €, junior 25, kids up to 8 years old not accompanied € 15.

The following weekend of November 25-26 the lifts and slopes will open too, and then the resort will be opened from December 2nd, 2017.

Madonna-Di-Campiglio-15Nov- Courtesy: Madonna di Campiglio

New this season will be the opening of the new Chalet Fiat mountain hut on Spinale mountain: modern, stylish, eco-friendly.

Madonna di Campiglio is located at 1,524 m.o.s.l and the top of the lifts are at 2,500 meters.

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