Question Epic Pass question - Fernie, Kicking Horse etc

buckwheat

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Hey everyone,

we're just at the beginning of planning for the 20/21 season - looking at doing a Nelson/Revvy/Lake Louise/Kicking Horse/Fernie/Kimberley loop.

As per usual trying to nut out the Epic Pass via the Perisher website is a Kafka-esque descent into madness. There does seem to be three kinds of passes:
1. Epic Australia - which allows for skiing in Australia and limited skiing OS (ie 10 days at Whistler)
2. Epic Australia Upgrade - same as above but unlimited skiing in Whistler.
3. Epic Pass - which if I understand correctly, gets me Fernie/KH/Kimberley plus Telluride etc

So, the questions:
1. Is my understanding of the passes correct?
2. If so - given that I have put a deposit on an Epic Australia Pass - can I upgrade to a full Epic Pass when I pay the balance?
3. If so - what is the cost of this upgrade?

All help/advice appreciated!
 

Skichic2

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The difference between the two. However you won’t get the other Canadian resorts by upgrading. All that really does is get rid of blackout days and the 10 day limit.

If you specifically want the interior B.C. resorts you need to buy the US Epic.
 

buckwheat

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Ta chicski for the clarification.

Of course trying to figure out the price of the US Epic pass is tricky using official Epic Pass websites (it seems its not just the Perisher website that makes it difficult!) but another website had it at $US939 for (I think) this current season. Divide by a nominal 65c FX and thats about $AU1450 - so about $600 more than the Epic Australia pass.

At $CA120 per day for lift tickets, we'd have to get 5 days or more for it to pay for itself. Always good to have a price reference point when figuring out our itinerary!

Personally, if I ran the Epic system, I'd rebadge the 3 Epic passes so they all had clear and distinctly different names, then have them all listed on a table on one webpage - Passes listed across the top as column headers, then resorts listed down the side, with ticks and crosses for what is and isn't available on each pass. Would be handy!
 

Sage Oya

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We bought the 'Epic Pass' so we can ski Whistler, Kicking Horse, Fernie and Kimberly. Cost us about $1350 each when we bought them about August/September last year and was the most viable option for a 3 week ski jaunt.
 
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Skichic2

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Check what’s on the a Mountain Collective. That’s what I’m using for LL, Sunshine and Revy, 2 days at each, with a bonus 2 days at Thredbo last winter. Might get in a Tahoe resort yet.
 
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nezumi

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Hey everyone,

we're just at the beginning of planning for the 20/21 season - looking at doing a Nelson/Revvy/Lake Louise/Kicking Horse/Fernie/Kimberley loop.

As per usual trying to nut out the Epic Pass via the Perisher website is a Kafka-esque descent into madness. There does seem to be three kinds of passes:
1. Epic Australia - which allows for skiing in Australia and limited skiing OS (ie 10 days at Whistler)
2. Epic Australia Upgrade - same as above but unlimited skiing in Whistler.
3. Epic Pass - which if I understand correctly, gets me Fernie/KH/Kimberley plus Telluride etc

So, the questions:
1. Is my understanding of the passes correct?
2. If so - given that I have put a deposit on an Epic Australia Pass - can I upgrade to a full Epic Pass when I pay the balance?
3. If so - what is the cost of this upgrade?

All help/advice appreciated!

The other, unmentioned difference is when the pass commences. The Epic Australia pass variants go on sale at the end of our snow season, and are first valid in the Southern Hemisphere (Perisher/Falls Creek/Hotham), then in the Northern Hemisphere - so a pass that was bought in October last year will be valid for the 2020 Aus season and the 2020/21 US season.
The full Epic Pass, however, will go on sale around March/April this year and be issued/valid by November 2020. This could be used in the 2020/21 US season and the 2021 Aus season.

The Epic Pass website has stripped a lot of the decent info now, but I have previously done a comparison of the access provided by each pass.

The Mountain Collective suggestion is good, especially if they do the same type of offer as last year where the price was something like $449 in USD and AUD: https://www.thredbo.com.au/blog/201...clusive-offer-for-australians-new-zealanders/
 

Avanti

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Will the full epic pass be able to be used at Whistler in Feb 2021 as we would wish to use the epic pass in the OZ 2021 winter. Do you buy the full epic pass through the australian website? thanks
 

Skichic2

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Will the full epic pass be able to be used at Whistler in Feb 2021 as we would wish to use the epic pass in the OZ 2021 winter. Do you buy the full epic pass through the australian website? thanks
You buy the USA Epic through the USA Epic site. And yes the 20/21 Epic will cover Whistler Feb 21 and Oz 21

https://www.epicpass.com/
 
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