Vail Resorts owns and operates more ski destinations than any other company, in almost half of ER's mountain destinations. If you'll be skiing several times during one season, you may benefit from buying a season pass. Vail has several options depending on the resorts you're interested in.

Epic Pass: The Epic Pass is Vail’s Season Pass that gives you access to every resort they operate. This is an amazing convenience and money saver if you plan on skiing six or more days in season. If you buy the full Epic Pass, it gives you unlimited access to all their resorts with no blackout dates. With the average day price of around $120 this is a great purchase should you plan on taking your vacation during holiday periods when day ticket prices skyrocket and blackout dates are in full effect.

Epic Local Pass: This is the best deal Vail Resorts offers. This pass has blackout dates over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and President’s weeks. If you are planning on taking your ski vacation outside of these dates and skiing for five or more days, this pass is a perfect time and money saver. Keep in mind, this pass has access to fewer mountains than the Epic Pass.

Find out more about Vail Resorts passes and tickets at https://www.vail.com/plan-your-trip/lift-access/passes.aspx

Below, find details on each Vail Resorts' ski hills located in ER destinations. Later, we review the remaining resorts you have access to with ER not affiliated with Vail Resorts.

Vail Mountain

Vail, CO

As one of the most popular and most visited resorts in North America, Vail Mountain has something for everyone. The picturesque Vail Village makes you feel as if you are in the heart of the European Alps. With endless shopping, dining, and spa options, this is a great destination for the skier who enjoys their time off the mountain as much as on the mountain. The terrain is diverse and unique serving both beginner and advanced skiers and riders. In a single day, you can traverse from perfect corduroy groomers to wide-open bowls loaded with excellent, varied terrain.

Helpful Hint: Be prepared for long lift lines during peak times. Vail is known for having the longest lift lines in North America, but if you time your vacation during non-peak dates, you will be able to lose the crowds on the thousands of skiable acres.

Beaver Creek Resort

Beaver Creek, CO

Just 10 minutes from Vail down I-70 is the beautiful resort of Beaver Creek. This is one of the most luxurious resorts in North America with great terrain for all ability levels, fantastic dining options, and even fresh cookies and hot chocolate at the top of their signature lifts. You never have to leave the Beaver Creek Village to find all the amenities that make for a great ski vacation. If luxury is important, look no further than Beaver Creek.

Park City Mountain Resort/Canyons Resort

Deer Valley, UT

Park City, Utah boasts the most skiable acres in the US, thanks to Vail Resorts' 2015 purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, connected by a state-of-the-art gondola (note: nearby Deer Valley Resort is not a Vail Resort). This is good news for snowboarders, since they are prohibited from accessing Deer Valley terrain. Combine this with the charm of this 18th-century mining town and a world famous Main Street, and you have a destination that is perfect for both hard-core skiers and people more interested in the off-hill activities. Park City also hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival the last 10 days of January, which is an experience as unique as the surrounding terrain.

Northstar At Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, CA

Overlooking Lake Tahoe, just 10 minutes from downtown Truckee, California, Northstar Resort is perfect for families. With some of the best beginner and intermediate terrain in Lake Tahoe, this is a true paradise for people looking to become better skiers and/or riders. With a world-class ski school team, Northstar will take you and your family’s abilities to the next level, allowing for more opportunities to enjoy the more advanced mountains in the future. Historic downtown Truckee and gorgeous Lake Tahoe are just a short drive away to see why the locals choose to call this place home.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler, BC

Vail Resorts recently bought Whistler/Blackcomb in the largest ski resort acquisition in history. With so much to offer, it is hard to pick just a few benefits to vacationing in Whistler. With the most skiable acres in North America and the majestic, scenic peaks around you, skiing at Whistler/Blackcomb gives you the feeling you are on another planet. And don’t forget about the food and nightlife! Whistler has some of the best chefs and sushi you will ever experience.

Aspen Mountain/Aspen Highlands/Buttermilk/Snowmass

Snowmass, CO

They call it the "Power of 4" - four amazing mountains within a 15-minute drive of each other and all under one lift ticket. Aspen is a special place since each of these four mountains offer something different for everyone. Buttermilk is known for its great beginner terrain, Snowmass for ski school and family activities, and Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain for challenging terrain and great powder skiing. If you are looking for a little bit of everything, plus a vibrant nightlife and downtown, then look no further than Aspen.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley, UT

Customer service and the guest experience at Deer Valley are second to none. At one of the only resorts that caps the number of daily tickets sold, you will never wait in line for more than 10 minutes or feel crowded on the slopes. Known for the best snow and groomer conditions in the country, Deer Valley evokes a rock star feeling for its skiers. Couple this with the five-star dining served at their lodges and signature restaurants and you might never go to another resort again.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, WY

Nestled right next to Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is one of the most scenic resorts in the world. With the most vertical feel of any resort in the US and some of the most advanced terrain, this a great resort for advanced skiers and riders. They have been investing in more lifts as well as intermediate/beginner runs, so don’t let the historic, hard-charging past of Jackson Hole scare you away if you are not the most advanced skier. Pair a day of epic runs with a night in the lively aprés ski scene, and you'll have a truly classic ski vacation in Jackson Hole.

Squaw Valley Resort

Lake Tahoe, CA

Squaw Valley is known for its intermediate to advanced terrain and stellar views of the surrounding mountains as well as its role as host of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Even the best skiers in the world can push themselves at Squaw, with some of the steepest in-bounds skiing in the United States. Like to après? Squaw Valley has some of the most energetic, fun-filled après bars in the country.

ER Member Tip: Nearby Alpine Meadows is a hidden gem also accessible with the purchase of a Squaw Valley lift ticket.

Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat Springs, CO

Known to many as Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs is one of the most unique ski towns of the west. With its champagne powder and western heritage, Steamboat offers something for everyone, while also being known for its small-town family friendliness and year-round activities. A little more off the beaten path, Steamboat is great for families looking to get away from the crowds at some of the other iconic western resorts.

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley, ID

Sun Valley is home to the longest, steepest groomers in the United States. Not known for receiving a ton of snow, Sun Valley is best for families who like to stay on piste and enjoy skiing in the sunshine. A short walk from downtown Ketchum, Sun Valley is a place to enjoy great skiing, minimal lines, and one of the coolest downtowns of any ski destination.

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride, CO

The views surrounding Telluride are breathtaking to say the least. Situated in a box canyon and surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is the perfect destination for the avid skier as well as anyone looking to escape the traditional ski resorts. With a year-round population of only 4,000, the town of Telluride is the perfect destination for a more relaxed, quiet vacation. Head on up to Mountain Village for outstanding food without ever getting in your car. The unique transportation system has the gondola running from downtown Telluride to Mountain Village from 7:00 a.m. to midnight daily.