Four mountain resorts in the Wasatch, including two in Park City, on Thursday announced they have reached an agreement adding three single-day lift tickets at each of the other resorts to their own season-pass privileges.
Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Alta and Snowbird are involved. The new benefit for season-pass holders is seen as an attempt to blunt the impact of Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, which includes a Utah mountain resort for the first time.
The four resorts have set their own requirements for the eligibility of their pass holders. PCMR requires someone purchase a season pass at full price with at least one of its customizable add-ons to be eligible. Someone at Deer Valley must purchase a full-price season pass to be eligible. Deer Valley said people holding hospitality, midweek or tot season passes are not eligible for the benefit.
Blackout dates across the four resorts run during the holidays, Dec. 21-Jan. 5, and over Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 15-17.
Andy Miller, a spokesperson for PCMR, said the deal with the other resorts is "the next evolution of us trying to maximize the value of our guests' passes." A Deer Valley spokesperson, Emily Summers, said the privileges at the other resorts are a "thank you to our season-pass holders."
The announcement was made a little more than two months after Vail Resorts reached an agreement to operate Canyons Resort. The Colorado firm added Canyons Resort to its Epic Pass, which allows holders to ski at Vail Resorts properties in Colorado and the Lake Tahoe region. The Epic Pass also offers privileges at resorts in Switzerland and Austria.