PARK CITY, Utah — Vail Resorts said that pass holders will be prioritized by limiting lift tickets sales across its 34 North American resorts during three peak holiday periods, according to a Tuesday press release.
Dates include December 25 – January 2, January 14 – 17, and February 18 – 27. Guests planning to visit during those dates are strongly encouraged to purchase their lift access in advance.
Pass holder benefit tickets will not be impacted during these three time periods. Additionally, there is no impact to guests who enroll in ski and ride school lessons that include lift access or to employee and dependent pass access.
Lift ticket availability is visible on resort websites. If tickets are sold out online, guests will not be able to purchase them at ticket windows unless purchased with a pass benefit ticket or as part of a ski and ride school lesson.
Also announced on Tuesday, a new version of EpicMix Time within the company’s EpicMix app will provide a full-day forecast of lift line wait times, in 15-minute increments.
“With EpicMix Time, historic and actual wait time data for a specific lift is combined with both resort and lift guest counts, wait times at other lifts, current snowfall, day of the week, and period of the season to create a predictive lift line wait time model for all lifts, at all times of day,” the press release said.
“This new technology leverages machine learning, so its forecast will continue to improve in accuracy throughout the season. The information within EpicMix Time is transparently provided at the guests’ fingertips, allowing them to make informed decisions so they can spend more time carving a path down.”
The new feature will be available at Park City Mountain.
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Epic Pass products are still on sale, with prices increasing on November 21.
“Based on years of data collected from EpicMix, we know that even on peak visitation days, more than 90 percent of lift line wait times across our resorts are under five minutes,” said Kirsten Lynch, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “Even so, we remain dedicated to continuing to improve the guest experience, reduce wait times and communicate transparently with guests, especially given the excitement and demand for travel this coming season.”