The Epic Race begins

Vail Resorts is calling all globetrotting, Epic-pass holding, die-hard skiers and snowboarders for The Epic Race.

The Epic Race is a 2013-14 season-long competition to visit all 26 resorts spread across four countries that make up the Epic Pass.

The first 10 people to complete the race will receive an Epic Pass for life.

Ski the world...Vail, Colorado
Ski the world…Vail, Colorado

“When we launched the Epic Pass with six resorts in 2008, I said our guests wouldn’t be able to out-ski or ride the pass,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

“Five years later, after adding three more countries and 20 additional resorts, we’re throwing down the gauntlet. If you can be the first one to ski the world, you’ll ski for life,” he said.

Beautiful snowboarding conditions...Vail, Colorado
Beautiful snowboarding conditions…Vail, Colorado

Each racer will need to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass including places like Breckenridge in Colorado, the Afton Alps in Minnesota and Arlberg in Austria.

Epic Racers will also be asked to document and share their experience at each resort.

“If there was any doubt that the Epic Pass is by far and away the snowsports industry’s best and most comprehensive pass, the experiences that these contestants share should put the question to rest,” said Katz.

“What other pass allows you to enjoy the steep and deep of the Sierra Nevada, the amazing powder of the Wasatch, the majesty of the Rockies, the urban hills in Michigan and Minnesota, the interconnectivity of the French Alps and the world’s largest linked ski area, the unmatched off-piste skiing and riding of the Swiss Alps, and the birthplace of modern Alpine skiing technique in the Tyrolean Alps?”

Registration to Ski the World begins on November 1.

For full rules and guidelines for the Epic Race visit

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