It's been a monumentally terrible year throughout the ski belt that wraps the middle Rockies and encompasses some of the country's most popular ski destination resorts. Most of the big destination resorts in Utah and north-central Colorado are running on fumes due to the lack of snow.
If you happened to buy a Vail Resorts Epic Pass, the season doesn't have to be a wash, though. Both the southern and northern Rockies have been faring much better so far, and Montana's Big Sky Resort is offering free skiing to Epic Pass holders.
"Big Sky has about twice the open acreage that Vail and Breckenridge do right now, plus we’ve had some great powder,” said Chad Jones, Big Sky Resort Public Relations Manager in a press release. “And with other Epic Pass resorts like Heavenly at under 200 acres, we decided to share the wealth. We’re a skier’s and rider’s mountain, and no one should miss out on good snow just because they live in Colorado or California.”
Those wishing to take advantage of the free skiing must book lodging through Big Sky Central Reservations and ask for the Epic Package. Big Sky is even offering discounted buddy tickets at $74/day (versus $84 standard rate). The promotion is set to run throughout January.
To that, I say: Epic Pass holders aren't the only ones suffering. What about the rest of us central Rocky folks, dammit?