Lift Ticket Frequently Asked Questions

Vail Lift Ticket FAQ's

A: Lift tickets will not go on sale until December 8th, 2020 this season. If you plan to ski this season, we highly recommend guests purchase an Epic Day Pass. The Epic Day pass provides savings versus lift tickets, gives you priority access to securing the days you would like to ski or ride, and provides a 20% savings off food, lodging, lessons, and more through Epic Mountain Rewards. Due to our reduced capacity this year, if you choose not to purchase an Epic Day Pass, we expect lift tickets to be limited on high demand days throughout the season. Remember to check this page frequently to stay up to date.

A: Due to our limited capacity, we will have limited quantities of lift tickets and anticipate selling out early. We will require guests to purchase online or by phone before traveling to our resorts or coming to the ticket window. If you travel to our resort without securing a lift ticket, there is a chance there will be no lift tickets remaining online, and you will be unable to ski that day. Even if you are interested in purchasing a lift ticket to ski the same day, you will need to make the purchase online or through our call center and then come to the ticket window to pick it up

A: Lift tickets will automatically come with a reservation. Your lift ticket purchase is your reservation. When you purchase your lift ticket, it is for a specific resort and specific date, and therefore there is no need to make any further reservation. You will be able to purchase lift tickets for any of our 34 owned and operated North America resorts.

A: No, lift tickets will not be available for purchase at the ticket window this season. Ticket purchases will only be available online or through our call centers. You will not be able to pick up a lift ticket at the ticket window without first purchasing it online or through our call centers. This practice will minimize crowding at our ticket window and ensure only those guests with a confirmed ticket come to the ticket window. If you travel to our resort without securing a lift ticket, there is a chance there will be no lift tickets remaining online, and you will be unable to ski that day. Even if you are interested in purchasing a lift ticket to ski the same day, you will need to make the purchase online or through our call center and then come to the ticket window to pick it up

A: No, to the access the mountain this season you can purchase a pass or a lift ticket. To secure priority access to reserve your desired days, we highly recommend purchasing a pass. The Epic Day pass provides savings versus lift tickets, gives you priority access to securing the days you would like to ski or ride, and provides a 20% savings off food, lodging, lessons and more through Epic Mountain Rewards. Due to our reduced capacity this year, if you choose not to purchase an Epic Day Pass, we expect lift tickets will sell out on select days throughout the season. If you have not secured your lift access before visiting our resorts, there is a chance you would be unable to ski during your trip. Even if you are interested in purchasing a lift ticket to ski the same day, you will need to make the purchase online or through our call center and then come to the ticket window to pick it up

A: We have consistently rewarded our guests that are willing to commit in advance through our pass products, with benefits including significant discounts relative to lift tickets and Epic Mountain Rewards, which provides a 20% discount on food, lodging, lessons, and more.

To ensure the safety of our guests, employees, and communities this season, we are managing the number of guests that visit our resorts each day. In that process, we are providing pass holders with priority access to secure reservations on their preferred days. Lift tickets will not go on sale until December 8th, 2020, after all pass holders have had time to secure their preferred reservations.

A: Yes, Buddy tickets and Ski-With-A-Friend tickets will be available for purchase beginning on December 8th, 2020. For the 2020-21 season, Buddy and Ski-With-A-Friend tickets can only be purchased online. You must be a pass holder to purchase a Buddy or Ski-With-A-Friend ticket online (you may not send your benefits to others to redeem online). Pass holders will be able to utilize their Buddy and Ski-With-A-Friend benefit tickets on any day when there is available capacity for lift ticket purchases. We strongly recommend purchasing your Buddy of Ski-With-A-Friend tickets in advance through epicpass.com to secure your ticket before traveling to our resorts.

A: No. While the vast majority of our lift ticket products will be available for the 2020-21 season, including Buddy and Ski-With-A-Friend tickets, certain products and product features will not be offered this year, including lift tickets with a duration of 8 or more days and lift tickets featuring multi-resort access.

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