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The Vail Resorts Epic Pass Now Costs Over $800

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The 2016-2017 Epic Pass offers unlimited access to 13 ski areas

Vail Resorts just announced the return of the Epic Pass, the wildly popular season pass that provides skiing at Vail's ski areas in Colorado, Utah, and Tahoe. The announcement marks the start of the competitive season-pass wars that take off at the end of each winter; spring usually begets the best deals.

The 2016-2017 Epic Pass costs $809 and allows unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.

With daily lift tickets well over $120 at most ski areas, the Epic Pass is still a heck of a deal. But prices are definitely on the rise. Last year's Epic Pass cost $799 and in 2014 an Epic Pass only cost $749.

For skiers or snowboarders on a budget, check out the Epic Local Pass, which is priced at $609 and allows unlimited skiing at some mountains and restricted skiing at others. Vail also offers plenty of other pass deals depending on which mountain is your local hill. Head over here for more info.