BUDDY TICKETS & SKI WITH A FRIEND TICKETS

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BUDDY TICKETS

Best Value: Highest discounted tickets to share with friends and family

Limited Time: Buddy Tickets were only available for certain passes purchased by May 30. To see how many you have, sign into Your Epic Account.

Set Discount: Buddy Tickets offer a flat-rate discount at each of our resorts

SKI WITH A FRIEND TICKETS

Value: Discounted tickets to share with friends and family

Included with passes: Ski With A Friend Tickets are included with certain passes purchased at any point before the season begins. Pass Holders will receive 6 Ski With A Friend Tickets to share with friends and family

Variable Discount: Ski With A Friend Tickets provide savings based on that day's ticket price at each of our resorts

Direct Comparison
2 Buddy Tickets 6 Ski With A Friend Tickets
Eligible for passes* purchased before May 30, 2022 Yes Yes
Eligible for passes* purchased after May 30, 2022
No
Yes
Highest discount  Yes No 
Set pricing throughout the season  Yes No

*Not eligible for all passes. See Benefit Tickets Basics FAQ below for full details on eligible passes.

2021/22 Pricing

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   Savings Versus Standard Day Of Lift Ticket
 Buddy Tickets Ski With A Friend Tickets
 Ticket Price Savings Up To Savings Up To
 Vail  $148 38% 23%
 Breckenridge $134 39% 21%
 Beaver Creek $148 38% 23%
 Keystone $121 39%  28% 
 Crested Butte $99 38%  22% 
 Park City $124 46% 23%

 

Savings Versus Standard Day Of Lift Ticket
Buddy Tickets Ski With A Friend Tickets
Ticket Price Savings Up To Savings Up To
Heavenly  $115 
42%
23%
Northstar $130 38% 22%
Stevens Pass $75 42% 28%
Kirkwood $86 40% 27%

 

Savings Versus Standard Day Of Lift Ticket
Buddy Tickets Ski With A Friend Tickets
Ticket Price Savings Up To Savings Up To
Okemo $89 36% 31%
Stowe $103 41% 29%
Mt. Snow $86 36% 30%
Hunter Mountain $64 46% 29%
Mt. Sunapee $72 34% 35%
Liberty Mountain $53 40% 20%
Attitash $62 40% 20%
Crotched $50 40% 21%
Wildcat
$62 40% 20%

 


Savings Versus Standard Day Of Lift Ticket
Buddy Tickets Ski With A Friend Tickets
Ticket Price Savings Up To Savings Up To
Jack Frost/Big Boulder $51  39%  20%
Liberty $53  40%  20%
Roundtop
$50 40% 20%
Whitetail
$53 40% 20%

 

Savings Versus Standard Day Of Lift Ticket
Buddy Tickets Ski With A Friend Tickets
Ticket Price Savings Up To Savings Up To
Afton Alps $48 35% 20%
Mt Brighton $48 35% 20%
Wilmot $48 39%  20% 
Alpine Valley
$35 41% 20%
Boston Mills/Brandywine  $35  41% 20%
Hidden Valley
$35 39% 20%
Mad River $35  41%  20%
Paoli Peaks
$32 41% 20%
Snow Creek
$34 40% 19%

 

Savings Versus Standard Day Of Lift Ticket
Buddy Tickets Ski With A Friend Tickets
Ticket Price Savings Up To Savings Up To
Whistler Blackcomb $121 39% 21%

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For a complete list of Season Pass FAQs, visit our help center.

What are Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets?

Eligible Pass Holders receive discounted tickets loaded onto your pass for friends and family (more if you buy your pass in the spring!). So, grab a friend and come visit one of our world-class resorts.

Ski-with-a-Friend Tickets are discounted, single day lift tickets that vary in price based on the daily window ticket price. Buddy Tickets are discounted, single day lift tickets with a flat price by resort available throughout the entire season, and are only available for guests who purchase a season pass in the spring.

Not all pass products come with Buddy or Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets, see list of passes eligible for benefit tickets below. Passes that are not eligible for Ski-With-A-Friend and Buddy Tickets include: Epic Day Pass, Whistler Blackcomb Pass Products and Epic SchoolKids.

Buddy and Ski-with-a-Friend tickets are not valid at Perisher, Falls Creek or Hotham in Australia. The Epic Australia Pass does not receive Ski With a Friend Tickets or Buddy Tickets.

Buddy and Ski-with-a-Friend-Tickets are both redeemable online, making sharing easy with family and friends. The Season Pass holder must be present at the time of SWAF/Buddy ticket pickup. Click here for more details.

What passes come with Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets?

Buddy Tickets are only offered for a limited time for guests who purchase eligible ski passes. Passes that are not eligible for Buddy Tickets include: Epic Day Pass, Whistler Blackcomb Pass Products and Epic SchoolKids.See below list for which passes include Buddy Tickets and/or Ski-With-A Friend Tickets.

 

Passes eligible for Buddy Tickets include:

Epic Products: Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass

Colorado Pass Products: Summit Value pass, Keystone Plus Pass

Tahoe Pass Products: Tahoe Local Pass, Tahoe Value Pass, Kirkwood Pass

Northeast Pass Products: Northeast Value Pass*, Northeast Midweek Pass

Park City Pass Products: Park City Youth Pass

Stevens Pass Pass Products: Stevens Pass Premium Pass*, Stevens Pass Select Pass

Other Pass Products: Afton Alps Pass, Afton Alps College Night Pass, Afton Alps Family Pass, Afton Alps Friends Pass, Mt Brighton Pass, Mt Brighton College Night Pass, Mt Brighton Family Pass, Wilmot Pass, Wilmot Family Pass, Ohio Pass**, Hidden Valley Pass, Snow Creek Pass, Paoli Peaks Pass, 65+ Keystone Breck Pass, Senior 70+ 10 Pass, Merchant Epic Pass, Merchant Epic Local Pass, Merchant Tahoe Pass

 

Passes eligible for Ski With A Friend Tickets include:

Epic Products: Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic Military Pass (Active, Retired, Veteran & Dependent)

Colorado Pass Products: Summit Value pass, Keystone Plus Pass

Tahoe Pass Products: Tahoe Local Pass, Tahoe Value Pass, Kirkwood Pass

Northeast Pass Products: Northeast Value Pass*, Northeast Midweek Pass

Park City Pass Products: Park City Youth Pass

Stevens Pass Pass Products: Stevens Pass Premium Pass*, Stevens Pass Select Pass

Other Pass Products: Afton Alps Pass, Afton Alps College Night Pass, Afton Alps Family Pass, Afton Alps Friends Pass, Mt Brighton Pass, Mt Brighton College Night Pass, Mt Brighton Family Pass, Wilmot Pass, Wilmot Family Pass, Ohio Pass**, Hidden Valley Pass, Snow Creek Pass, Paoli Peaks Pass, 65+ Keystone Breck Pass, Senior 70+ 10 Pass, Merchant Epic Pass, Merchant Epic Local Pass, Merchant Tahoe Pass, Adaptive Epic Pass, Adaptive Tahoe Pass, Adaptive Northeast Value Pass, Adaptive Midwest Pass, Eagle & Lake Student Pass, Summit & Lake Student Pass, Eagle/Summit/Lake School Employee Pass, Eagle & Lake School Employee Pass, Summit & Lake School Employee Pass, BC Club Member Pass, BC Club Non-Member Pass, BG Club Pass, BC Club Charter Member Pass, BC Club Charter Non-Member Pass


Note: Unless explicitly stated, all age groups are included. 
 *80+/90+ & Tot Passes do not receive Buddy Tickets or Ski With A Friend Tickets. **Ohio Tot Pass does not receive Buddy Tickets or Ski With A Friend Tickets.

 

Do I have to be with my friend when they pick up their ticket?

Yes, Pass Holders must be present and display their pass in order to pick-up a Ski With A Friend or Buddy Ticket.

 

How do I see how many Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets I have?

To see the number of Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets, a Pass Holder must sign into “My Epic Account” at EpicPass.com, click on the “Passes” tab, and navigate to the “Benefit Tickets” section.

 

Can I use my Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets at all resorts where I can use my pass?

Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets can only be used at our 37 owned and operated North American resorts. They cannot be used at any of our partner resorts.

 

Who can use Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets?

Anyone! Pass Holders can purchase discounted tickets for friends and family, they can use them for themselves on days where their pass is restricted due to holidays, or at resorts where their pass does not have access.

 

Can Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets be used any day of the season?

Yes, Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets can be used any day at the desired resort.

 

Can I purchase a Ski With A Friend or Buddy Ticket the same day I want to ski or ride?

Yes, you may purchase Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets for same-day use, online or in-person. The Pass Holder must be present with their pass to pick up tickets at the window.

 

Does the Epic Day Pass include Buddy or Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets?

No, Epic Day Pass Holders do not receive Buddy Tickets or Ski With a Friend Tickets. However, Epic Day Pass holders can purchase additional days at the Advanced Purchase rate at the ticket window once all other days are used, or on any day their pass is restricted.

 

Where are my Bring A Friend tickets for my Whistler Blackcomb pass?

Currently, Bring A Friend tickets are not available within My Account. Please visit the ticket window at the resort to redeem Bring A Friend tickets. Learn More about Bring a Friend tickets.

 

If I purchase an Epic Pass, can I use my Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets at Andermatt-Sedrun?

2022-2023 Epic Pass Holders will not be able to use Ski With A Friend nor Buddy Tickets at Andermatt-Sedrun for the 2022-2023 Winter season.

Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets can only be used at our 37 owned and operated North American resorts. They cannot be used at any of our Australian or partner resorts.

I am a Pass Holder. How do I redeem a Ski With A Friend or Buddy Ticket this season?

Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets will be available for purchase online and in-person at the window this season. However, we highly encourage individuals to purchase online vs. at the window. Once purchased, Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets must be picked by the Pass Holder at the Resort by displaying their pass.

To purchase Ski With A Friend or Buddy Tickets online, a Pass Holder must sign into “My Epic Account” at EpicPass.com, click on the “Passes” tab, and navigate to the “benefit tickets” section. You can select the specific day and resort for use after you click on “Buy For A Buddy” or “Buy For A Friend”.

 

How does my friend get their ticket?

Once your friend has purchased the ticket, you (the Pass Holder) have to present your pass and pick up the ticket at the Resort.

 

Can I cancel a ticket after I have emailed it?

No, a ticket cannot be canceled after you have emailed it. However, it is not removed from your account until the ticket has been purchased online.

 

I’ve sent tickets to my friends, why are they still showing available?

The available tickets in your account does not change until a purchase is made by your Friend or Buddy.

 

Why did my friend get an error?

The most common reason your friend will get an error when trying to purchase is if the first date of the tickets has already passed. You will need to re-send the link to them.

 

How do I know when my friends have bought their tickets?

The Pass Holder will receive an email when a ticket associated with their account has been redeemed. You will also see the available tickets in your account change once a purchase is made. In the event the Pass Holder does not have an email on file, an email will be sent to the Head of Household for the account.

Q: Is my Buddy or Ski With A Friend Ticket lift ticket refundable? 

A: If your plans change, your lift ticket is refundable (terms apply). Any unused days on your lift ticket are fully refundable until 5 PM MT on the last day of your ticket. For example, if you buy a ticket dated February 1st-5th, you have until 5pm MT on February 5th to request a refund for any unused days on your ticket.

Refund requests received after 5 PM MT on the last day of your ticket will not be honored, except in certain circumstances (See terms for full details)

 

Q: How do I request a refund for a Buddy or Ski With A Friend Ticket?

A: To request a refund, you need to do one of the following:

  • Visit the resort ticket window no later than the last day of your ticket
  • Contact Guest Services at (970)-754-0005 by no later than 5 PM MT on the last day of your ticket

 

Q: What if Vail Resorts closes a resort or cancels my ticket due to Covid-19 - how will refunds be handled for Buddy or Ski With A Friend Tickets?

A: Your safety is our priority, and it is possible that we will have to cancel your ticket due to Covid-19. In the event that we make the difficult decision to close a resort or cancel your ticket, we will strive to do so in advance of your visit, and we will issue you a full or partial refund depending on the number of lift ticket days affected. In the event of a resort closure or ticket cancellation, we will make an effort to notify you directly by email. We encourage you to also check the relevant resort website, Facebook page, or Instagram account for notifications. While we will do our best to issue your refund promptly, we cannot guarantee that your refund will be processed within a specified period of time (See terms for full details)

 

Q: What if I am injured or fall sick – can I request a refund for a Buddy or Ski With A Friend Ticket?

A: Unused lift tickets are fully refundable until 5 PM MT on the last day of your ticket.

To request a refund for an un-used or partially used ticket due to injury or illness, you need to do one of the following:

  • Visit the resort ticket window no later than the last day of your ticket by 5 PM MT
  • Contact Guest Services at (970)-754-0005 by no later than 5 PM MT on the last day of your ticket 5 PM MT 

Reminder: You should not come to the resort if you: (i) are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 not due to a known health condition, (ii) tested positive or were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days, (iii) have been directed by public health or a medical provider to quarantine or isolate, or (iv) have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (see CDC guidelines)

When will lift tickets be limited during the 2022/23 season?  

Vail Resorts is limiting lift ticket sales throughout the 2022/23 season to prioritize the mountain experience for our guests.  Guests  are strongly encouraged to secure their lift access in advance. 


Which resorts will have limited lift tickets during the 2022/23 season? 

Vail Resorts will limit lift tickets at all of our North American resorts: Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City Mountain in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; Stevens Pass in Washington; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia; Stowe, Okemo and Mt. Snow in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Seven Springs, Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. 

  

Why are lift tickets limited this season?  

To prioritize the guest experience, Vail Resorts will be limiting lift ticket sales across our 37 North American resorts. While we do not anticipate every day at every resort will sell out, we encourage guests who are planning to visit this season to secure their lift access in advance.  

 

How can I find out if lift tickets will be available for the day I am planning to visit? 

Lift ticket availability is visible on resort websites’ winter lift ticket pages. If lift tickets are sold out on a specific day at a specific resort, that day will show as unavailable. If lift tickets are sold out on your desired day, secure your lift access with an Epic Day Pass and save up to 65% off lift tickets depending on the level of resort access you chose to purchase. Epic Day Pass can be purchased at EpicPass.com until passes go off sale for the season. 

 

If lift tickets are sold out online for a specific day at a specific resort, can I purchase one at the ticket window? 

No, if a specific day at a specific resort sells out online, lift tickets will not be sold at resort ticket windows unless purchased with a Pass Holder benefit ticket (Buddy tickets or Ski With A Friend tickets) or through ski and ride school. Availability will be updated online if there are any lit ticket cancellations. 

  

If I am booking a lodging reservation during this time, am I guaranteed lift access? 

No, lodging reservations do not provide any guarantee of lift access. Guests are encouraged to purchase lift access as soon as possible, either through a pass (including an Epic Day Pass) for the best value – or by purchasing a lift ticket in advance. You should not wait until you are at the resort. If you already have a pass, there are no restrictions outside of any holiday restricted dates associated with your pass.   

  

Will there be restrictions on Pass Holder benefit tickets during these weeks? 

No, Pass Holders’ benefit tickets, such as Buddy Tickets and Ski with a Friend Tickets, will not be impacted by lift ticket availability. 

  

How do I redeem Buddy Tickets and Ski with a Friend Tickets if lift tickets are sold out online? 

Buddy Tickets and Ski With A Friend Tickets will be available for purchase online and in-person at the window this season. However, we highly encourage individuals to purchase online. Once purchased, Buddy Tickets and Ski With A Friend Tickets must be picked up by the Pass Holder at the resort by displaying their pass. To purchase Buddy Tickets or Ski With A Friend Tickets online, a Pass Holder must sign into “My Epic Account” at Epicpass.com, click on the “passes” tab, and navigate to the “benefit tickets” section. You can select the specific day and resort for use after you click on “Buy for a Buddy” or “Buy For a Friend”. 

  

Will there be restrictions on Ski & Ride school lift access? 

No, the ability to purchase lift access with a Ski & Ride School lesson will not be limited. Book a lesson in advance and add a discounted lift ticket at checkout! 

  

What product should I purchase to secure lift access this season?  

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your lift access in advance online for the 2022/2023 Season. If lift tickets are sold out online, guests will not be able to buy them at ticket windows unless purchased with a Pass Holder benefit ticket or through ski and ride school. 

Another option is Epic Day Pass, while it is still on sale, which provides the best value for guests planning to visit 1 to 7 days this season. Epic Day Pass offers savings of up to 65% off lift ticket window prices and is customizable with three levels of resort access and a choice to include holiday access or not. The price per day decreases as more days are purchased. Epic Day Passes are non-refundable, except as provided in Epic Coverage. With an Epic Day Pass, you can lock in the number of days you want to visit and decide later when and where to go – without concern of a day selling out. 

  

Are Pass Holders impacted by lift ticket limitations? Will there be added restricted days for Pass Holders?  

No, passes will not be restricted beyond any holiday restricted dates associated with a specific pass. This is a limit on lift ticket sales to prioritize Pass Holders’ mountain experience.  

 

Are Epic Day Passes impacted by this lift ticket limitation? 

No, there will be no restrictions on Epic Day Passes or any other pass product beyond any holiday restricted dates associated with the specific pass you purchase. 

  

As a Pass Holder, will I still be able to use the lift ticket discounts on my pass during holiday restricted days or after I have used all days on my Epic Day Pass?  

Yes, Pass Holders with holiday restricted dates can still use their discounts to purchase lift tickets on days that their pass is blacked out without restrictions. Pass Holders who have utilized all of their purchased Epic Day Pass days will also still be eligible to purchase additional discounted days without any limitations. 

 

As a Pass Holder, do I need to make a reservation on days I plan to ski or ride this season? 

No, we do not have a Pass Holder reservation system this season. If you have a pass product, you are good to go for the dates associated with your pass! Be sure to check mountain access and holiday restricted dates before making your plans to ski or ride. 

  

Will the Epic SchoolKids program be restricted at all during the 2022/23 season? 

No, guests who enrolled in the Epic SchoolKids program for the 2022/23 season will not be restricted beyond any existing restricted dates on the pass. 

Restricted Epic SchoolKids days include:  

  • Friday, November 25, 2022 – Saturday, November 26, 2022 (not applicable to WB ESK) 
  • Monday, December 26, 2022 – Saturday, December 31, 2022 
  • Saturday, January 14, 2023 
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023 – Sunday, February 19, 2023 

 
Does this impact the 2023 Australian Season? 

Vail Resorts is limiting lift ticket sales at its North American resorts throughout the upcoming winter season.  Operational plans for Perisher, Hotham and Falls Creek will be announced closer to the start of the 2023 Australian winter season.  

 

How does this impact Epic Australia Pass  2022/23 pass holders? 

There is no impact to Epic Australia Pass Holders! Passes – including Epic Australia Pass – will not be limited beyond any holiday restricted dates associated with your pass.  

  

Can I still ski and board in the Northern Hemisphere this season? 

Yes! If you are an Epic Australia Pass Holder, you can still ski and board in at our North American resorts. Passes – including Epic Australia Pass – will not be limited beyond any holiday restricted dates associated with your pass.