Vail Resorts has announced that they will limit daily lift ticket sales everyday across all 37 of their properties this season. The move comes after growing backlash about over-crowding, and over-selling of passes during peak days.
Here’s Vail’s explanation for the new policy:
“To prioritize the guest experience, Vail Resorts will be limiting lift ticket sales across our 37 North American resorts. While we do not anticipate every day at every resort will sell out, we encourage guests who are planning to visit this season to secure their lift access in advance.”
Guests are encouraged to purchase/reserve lift tickets in advance whenever possible. Lift tickets will be available for purchase at ticket windows if spots remain, but the resorts will cap sales at a certain point.
Here’s how you can find out if lift tickets are available:
“Lift ticket availability is visible on resort websites’ winter lift ticket pages. If lift tickets are sold out on a specific day at a specific resort, that day will show as unavailable. If lift tickets are sold out on your desired day, secure your lift access with an Epic Day Pass and save up to 65% off lift tickets depending on the level of resort access you chose to purchase. Epic Day Pass can be purchased at EpicPass.com until passes go off sale for the season.”
^I made this photo last winter and angered some folks over at Vail Resorts. Sorry, I just call it like I see it…
I’ve been critical of Vail Resorts in the past, but I honestly can’t find anything bad about this change. Limiting daily lift ticket sales is great news for Epic Passholders that live near Vail’s major properties, and for the overall skiing experience.
It seems like Vail Resorts is finally listening to the concerns and complaints of their passholders, and that’s undeniably a good thing.
While I love roasting Vail Resorts whenever people submit photos of lift lines stretching across county lines, I genuinely hope that is a thing of the past.
Good job Vail. 👏