Vail Resorts have announced that they're commencing "…a multi-year investment in the guest experience, funded by the CHF 110 million (£98m) capital that was invested as a part of the purchase of the company's majority stake of Switzerland's Andermatt-Sedrun-Disentis ski area.
For the upcoming 2023/24 winter season the spending is going on upgrades and expansions to the Sedrun
area, including the resort's snowmaking capabilities, expansion of the Valtgeva children's and family area, a new family restaurant Valtgeva, and a new (secured, not groomed) "yellow" slope on Schneehüenerstock.
Plans for the future include new lifts and the further expansion of artificial snowmaking, Vail
Vail Resorts' took a majority stake in the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun
in 2022, its first European purchase to add to its 40+ ski areas which are mostly in the US but also include three Australian resorts and Canada's Whistler Blackcomb
Andermatt-Sedrun had previously benefitted from a huge investment by the previous owner, Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris who had already upgraded most of the lifts to the state of the art models and made many other improvements to make Andermatt-Sedrun a world class destination.
For Vail Resorts they hope that Andermatt-Sedrun and the neighbouring Disentis
ski area makes their Epic Pass product, a multi-resort season-ticket more appealing to European buyers.
For a flat fee holders get unlimited access to Andermatt-Sedrun-Disentis and limited access (five consecutive days) to Verbier
4 Vallées in Switzerland, Les 3 Vallées in France (seven consecutive days), Ski Arlberg
in Austria (three consecutive days) and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy (seven consecutive days). For free lift use in Ski Arlberg and Verbier holders are also required to book overnight stays at resort lodging.
Epic Pass holders offers unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail's 37 resorts in North America, including many well-known names (Vail Mountain itself, Breckenridge
, Park City
Mountain Resort. Here the high price of regular lift passes often makes the Epic Pass better value after just a week's stay. There's also well as limited access to Hakaba Valley and Rusutsu
So if you are planning multiple trips this winter to resorts on the Epic Pass it could be worth buying.