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Epic Australia Adaptive Pass

Epic Australia Adaptive Pass

2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass

Reducing barriers – increasing access

The 2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass is no longer available to purchase.

We're committed to equally welcoming everyone to our resorts and communities, no matter their ability. That's why we're launching the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass.

As part of our Be Inclusive value, and in partnership with Disabled Wintersport Australia, the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass is a step towards creating a more equal and inclusive environment at our resorts, by ensuring that experiencing snowsports does not cost any more for people with impairments or disabilities.

In line with the company’s commitment to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment through its Be Inclusive value, the new Epic Australia Adaptive Pass begins to address some of the barriers for people with impairments when skiing and riding with a lower cost for lift access to discover the magic of our Australian and North American resorts and develop their on-snow abilities.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DISABLED WINTERSPORT AUSTRALIA

We're proud to partner with Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) to help achieve equality of opportunity for people with all abilities to experience our resorts and participate in the winter sport of their choice.

Disabled Wintersport Australia is a non-profit organisation focused on helping impaired skiers and riders have great on-snow experiences. From providing access to adaptive equipment to partnering riders with trained and experienced guides, DWA creates a safe and energetic environment to support impaired riders on the snow.

All full DWA members and Companion Card holders will be eligible for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass and its benefits. We highly recommend impaired skiers and riders joining DWA to ensure your on-snow success.

DWA MEMBERSHIP

2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass Access

Explore Perisher, Falls Creek, Hotham and more while making great savings with the 2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass.

2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass Benefits

The 2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass will include the same access and benefits as the 2022 Epic Australia Pass - with a little bit added.

Please note: Pass benefits and access will not be loaded until your Pass is activated. Your Pass will not be activated until we receive and review documentation to verify your eligibility. Click here for more information on the verification process.

2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass lift access

You can access the following resorts with the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass:

2022 Australian snow season access

  • Unlimited, unrestricted lift access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham

2022/23 Northern Hemisphere Access (starting Oct 2022, ending May 2023)

10 Days combined lift access at these North American resorts

Peak restrictions apply: Days do not have to be consecutive

  • US: Vail, Beaver Creek
  • Canada: Whistler Blackcomb

Unlimited lift access at these North American resorts (Excluding Holidays)

Peak restrictions apply

  • US, Rockies: Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City
  • US, Tahoe: Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood
  • US, East: Stowe

Unlimited lift access at these North American resorts (Including Holidays)

No blackout dates: unlimited, unrestricted access.

  • US, Rockies: Crested Butte
  • US, West Stevens Pass
  • US, East: Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Mount Snow, Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Crotched Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley (PA), Laurel Mountain
  • US, Midwest: Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt Brighton, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River Mountain, Hidden Valley (MO), Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks
In-resort benefits at Perisher, Falls Creek & Hotham
  • 50% off private lessons: Receive 50% private lessons when purchased online and in advance at Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham.
  • 20% off group lessons: Receive 20% off group lessons when purchased online and in advance at Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham.
  • 6 Bring Mate discount invitations: Epic Australia Adaptive Pass Holders will receive 6 Bring a Mate invitations for discounted, 1 day lift tickets valid across Perisher, Falls Creek or Hotham. Invitations can be shared with your mates and when they buy online in advance, they can save up to 50%.
  • 20% off equipment rental: When purchased online, in advance. We offer a wide range of clothing and equipment rentals at Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham. For access to adaptive equipment rentals we recommend becoming a Disabled Wintersport Australia member.
  • Up to 15% off at Perisher and Hotham owned food and beverage outlets
    Participating outlets include;
    • Perisher: The Blue Cow Bistro, Cowpuccino Ski Rock Café, Curve Bar, Jax Bar & Grill, Bazils, Powder Inn, The Burning Log, Snow Gums Restaurant, and all food and beverage outlets at The Station.
    • Hotham: The Snow Bird Inn
  • Up to 15% off retail purchases:
    Participating outlets include:
    • Perisher: Slopestyle Mountain Sports outlets at Perisher, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes
    • Falls Creek: Falls Creek Sports outlets at Slalom Plaza, Village Bowl, Cloud 9 - Falls Creek Sports Snowzone, The Board Lounge and Falls Creek Ski & Ride Snowsports School
    • Hotham: Board Box, Pinnacle, OneTree, Rays Ski Shop, The Big D at Hotham, The Alpine Life at Dinner Plain, Hotham Central Ticket Office, Hotham Sports, Hotham Central, Hotham Sports Kids, Big D, Ski & Ride Snowsports School at Hotham Central and Big D.
  • Free Access to First Tracks:
    • Perisher: Free access before the slopes open from 7:30am on selected lifts every Saturday and Sunday during July and August.
    • Hotham: On selected lifts from 7.30am until 8.30am, from Wednesday to Sunday during school holidays and from Friday to Sunday during the balance of the season.
  • 15% off accommodation at The Station in Jindabyne
  • Free Night Skiing:
    • Perisher: Tuesdays and Saturdays through July, August and early September.
    • Falls Creek: Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season on Australia's longest green run Wombats Ramble.
    • Hotham: Wednesday and Saturdays throughout the season.
Companion ticket discounts

Epic Australia Adaptive Pass Holders that require the assistance of a companion or guide to support them on the snow can purchase one Guide/Companion lift ticket per day for a reduced price at all Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts. This ticket can be purchased over the counter, in resort on presentation of your current DWA membership card or Companion Card where a carer is noted or endorsed on the card.

Click here to contact us for more information about purchasing Guide/Companion lift tickets.

Additional benefits for Disabled Wintersport Australia members

As a DWA member you will receive access to DWA guide and equipment services.

DWA Volunteer Adaptive Snowsport Guide
All DWA members visiting Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham who require extra assistance can request a volunteer guide. DWA's adaptive snowsport guides help facilitate the on-snow experience for members, from getting safely around the mountain and using your equipment to loading and unloading the lifts and communicating with mountain staff.

DWA Adaptive Equipment
DWA provide access to specialised adaptive equipment, such as sit skis and outriggers, ensuring that members of all abilities can experience the snow and excitement skiing and snowboarding provide.

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Epic Coverage with every Pass

Epic Coverage is included with every 2022 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass and provides eligibility for refunds associated with certain personal events, including job loss, injury, and eligible stay-at-home orders; as well as certain resort closures, including resort closures due to COVID-19. Click here for more information on Epic Coverage. Terms and conditions apply.

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In-resort benefits at Whistler Blackcomb
  • An extra 10% off the best available rate at select lodging properties
  • 20% off food and beverages at on-mountain restaurants
  • 20% off group Ski and Ride School lessons
  • Up to 20% on rentals through Rentskis.com.
  • Get 20% off heli-skiing

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In-resort benefits at The Best Of The U.S
  • 20% off the best available rate at Vail Resorts' owned accommodation across the U.S.
  • 20% off group Ski and Ride School
  • 20% off shared ride shuttles, private vans and SUVs with Epic Mountain Express.
  • 20% off food and beverages at on-mountain restaurants.
  • Up to 20% off equipment rentals through Rentskis.com.
  • 20% off cat skiing in Keystone
  • Discounts on waxes and tunes

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North American peak restrictions

Lift access is restricted during the below periods at the following North American resorts: Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Stowe.

Restricted dates:

  • 25 Nov, 2022 – 26 Nov, 2022
  • 19 Dec, 2022 – 31 Dec 2022
  • 14 Jan 2023
  • 18 Feb, 2023 – 19 Feb, 2023
  • 4 Mar, 2023
  • 11 Mar, 2023
  • 18 Mar, 2023

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility, Verification and Purchasing

Am I eligible for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass?

The Epic Australia Adaptive Pass offers access to our resorts at a discounted rate for guests with permanent disabilities.

All full Disabled Wintersport Australia members and Companion Card holders are eligible for the Epic Australia Adaptive pass and will be automatically verified after providing documentation. All other requests will be assessed on an individual basis.

Anyone determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities is eligible for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass. Vail Resorts qualifies a permanent disability as a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working.

The Epic Australia Adaptive Pass includes unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham for the 2022 Australian season. Plus, access to the best resorts in North America for the 2022/23 northern Hemisphere season.

What documentation is required for verification of my Epic Australia Adaptive Pass?

The following documentation will be used as the primary method to verify eligibility:

The following documentation can also be used to verify eligibility. Documentation must contain your name and details related to your disability:

  • Driver's license noting restrictions
  • Certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other counsellor that states that the person needs an accommodation as a result of a permanent disability
  • Request / Documentation from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counsellor
  • Letter or record from a Federal Government agency that reflects the person has a disability
  • Letters or medical notes from physician's/medical professionals that request accommodation as a result of a permanent disability
  • Other state-issued proof of permanent disability

How will I be verified for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass?

Once you have purchased your Pass online you will receive an email from our Guest Services team requesting documentation for verification. You will be required to provide this documentation for our team to verify your eligibility. Once verified, our Guest Services team will confirm activation of your Pass.

Please note, your Pass will not be activated until we receive and review documentation to verify your eligibility.

I have purchased the 2022 Epic Australia Pass but may be eligible for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass – can I exchange my Pass?

Yes, all guests who are eligible for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass and have purchased the 2022 Epic Australia Pass, will be able to change their pass and will receive the difference in cost as a refund. Please click here to contact our Guest Services team for more information and to complete your purchase.

How do I access help to purchase my Epic Australia Adaptive Pass?

The Epic Australia Adaptive Pass can be purchased online here.

Our Guest Services team are available to provide more information and help to with the purchase of the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass. Please contact them here.

Is the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass eligible for $49 upfront?

No, Epic Australia Adaptive Passes purchased for the 2022/2023 winter season must be purchased in full as the $49 upfront offer is no longer available this season. You can purchase the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass online here.

Will the price rise for the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass?

No, the 2022/23 Epic Australia Adaptive Pass price will remain flat. You can check the price of the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass here.

Unlimited Skitube Add-On

Buy the Epic Australia Pass Skitube add-on to get access to unlimited Skitube travel throughout the season.

Skitube is the safest and most convenient way to travel to Perisher. Enjoy plenty of free parking at Bullocks Flat, save the $190 Kosciuszko National Park Annual Pass and save on fuel.

Add the Skitube add-on to your Epic Australia Adaptive Pass purchase here.

Adaptive rentals and lessons

Can I rent adaptive equipment?

For all guests looking to rent adaptive equipment we suggest becoming a Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) member. DWA provide members with access to specialised adaptive equipment, such as sit skis and outriggers, ensuring that members of all abilities can experience the snow and excitement skiing and snowboarding provide.

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Can I book an adaptive lesson?

Yes, our Snowsports Schools at Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham offer adaptive ski and snowboard lessons.

All Epic Australia Adaptive Pass Holders receive 50% off private lessons and 20% off group lessons.

To book an adaptative private lesson please contact the Snowsports Schools at Perisher, Falls Creek or Hotham in advance so that we can discuss your specific requirements and capabilities.

Lessons are subject to availability of suitably qualified and experienced instructors.

Who are Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA)?

Disabled Wintersport Australia is a non-profit organisation focused on helping impaired skiers and riders have great on-snow experiences.

DWA memberships are essential to supporting the year-round work DWA do as part of their ‘reducing barriers – increasing access' philosophy. It forms part of their overall vision of finding freedom on snow and ensuring that experiencing snow sports does not cost any more for a person with disability.

Your DWA membership allows DWA to collaborate with partners across government and industry, apply for grants that enable the purchase of essential adaptive equipment such as sit-skis and out-riggers, and build their reputation so that our members have a continuously improving experience at resorts.

It also helps to fund the training and support of DWA volunteer guides, which are at the core of getting DWA members on snow.

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Does my Epic Australia Adaptive Pass come with lift access for a guide or companion?

Epic Australia Adaptive Pass Holders that require the assistance of a companion or guide to support them on the snow can purchase one Guide/Companion lift ticket per day for a reduced price at all Vail Resorts owned and operated resorts. This ticket can be purchased over the counter, in resort on presentation of your current DWA membership card or Companion Card where a carer is noted or endorsed on the card.

Click here to contact us for more information about purchasing Guide/Companion lift tickets.

Does the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass come with Bring a Mate tickets?

Yes, Epic Australia Adaptive Pass holders will receive 6 Bring a Mate invitations for discounted, 1 day lift tickets valid across Perisher, Falls Creek or Hotham. Invitations can be shared with your mates and when they buy online in advance, they can save up to 50%.

What resorts can I access with an Epic Australia Adaptive Pass?

What resorts can I access with an Adaptive Pass?

You can access the following resorts with the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass:

2022 Australian snow season access

  • Unlimited, unrestricted lift access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham

2022/23 Northern Hemisphere Access (starting Oct 2022, ending May 2023)

10 Days Combined lift access at these North American resorts

Peak restrictions apply: Days do not have to be consecutive

  • US: Vail, Beaver Creek
  • Canada: Whistler Blackcomb

Unlimited lift access at these North American resorts (Excluding Holidays)

Peak restrictions apply

  • US, Rockies: Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City
  • US, Tahoe: Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood
  • US, East: Stowe

Unlimited lift access at these North American resorts (Including Holidays)

No blackout dates: unlimited, unrestricted access.

  • US, Rockies: Crested Butte
  • US, West Stevens Pass
  • US, East: Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Mount Snow, Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Crotched Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley (PA), Laurel Mountain
  • US, Midwest: Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt Brighton, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine, Mad River Mountain, Hidden Valley (MO), Snow Creek, Paoli Peaks

Does the Epic Australia Adaptive Pass have any peak restrictions?

Yes, lift access is restricted during the below periods at the following North American resorts: Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Stowe.

Restricted dates:

  • 25 Nov, 2022 – 26 Nov, 2022
  • 19 Dec, 2022 – 31 Dec 2022
  • 14 Jan 2023
  • 18 Feb, 2023 – 19 Feb, 2023
  • 4 Mar, 2023
  • 11 Mar, 2023
  • 18 Mar, 2023

 

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