Cover Image via Snowbasin, UT | Photo By Cam Mcleod
The goal here is to pick resorts that aren’t obvious. So, obviously, Park City, Vail, Whistler are amazing resorts. But, you already knew that. I want to highlight resorts on The EPIC Pass that aren’t in the spotlight.
Stowe is cemented as a staple in North American ski history. Vermonters have been getting after it with lift-serviced terrain on Mt. Mansfield since 1937. Now, Stowe continues to be a top-destination in not only the East, but in the world. With over 2,300 ft. vertical, and over 300″ of snow, you’re bound to have a good day at Stowe.
Stevens Pass, WA
I copied this directly from Stevens Pass’ website:
“Stevens averages 460″ of snowfall each year, 105″ of annual average snowpack, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain, including 52 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces.”
Need I say more? Okay, fine I will. Stevens Pass is a legit mountain that is only 1.5 hours outside of Seattle. Easily accessible? Check. A shit ton of snow? Check. Sick views? Check.
Perisher, Australia (2020 Access)
If you own an EPIC pass, your ski season doesn’t end in April, May, or June like the rest of us chumps. Starting next summer (winter in Australia), your EPIC pass will get you access to one of the best mountains down unda’. Don’t put away the sticks or board in 2020 until you experience skiing in Australia.
For members of the full EPIC pass, they will have access to seven non-restricted days of skiing and riding at Snowbasin this season. Snowbasin lies outside of the popular Cottonwood Canyons, but is undoubtedly one of the best mountains in Utah. The resort actually hosted downhill events for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Take the Allen Peak Tram to the top elevation at Snowbasin, put your tips out over Grizzly downhill, say a prayer, and send it.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Canada
Kicking Horse is one of those mountains that I would think more people would talk about. Maybe now that EPIC pass members have access to it, they will. The resort has over 4,000 ft of vertical and plenty of Canadian Rockies’ snowfall. Unlike a lot of resorts, you can access Kicking Horse’s vertical with one lift. Take the Golden Eagle express from the base to summit in a straight shot. The resort also boasts more than 85 inbounds chutes to challenge the best skiers and riders.