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Canyons Resort: Epic Season Pass Holders' Resorts Program

Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, is now among the many resorts included on Vail Resorts Epic Season Pass program.

It was just announced that Vail Resorts has struck a 50-year lease deal with Park City's Canyons Resort. The 4000-plus acre resort is now the 10th resort to be included in Vail Resorts Epic Season Pass program, along with free ski days in Switzerland and Austria. The deal comes after a 2007 lawsuit against Toronto real estate firm Talisker, for preemptive acquisition attempts on the resort, despite an alleged exclusivity deal.

Vail Resorts spokespeople are saying that this is an excellent opportunity for skiers and riders, as it opens up one more top tier resort for pass holders. At 450,000 previous annual visitors, Vail Resorts hopes to increase those numbers through an extensive marketing and resort operations campaign.

This contract includes six lease extension options, and is exclusively for the ski-area operations.  The Talisker Corporation maintains developmental rights to four million square feet of real estate at Canyons.

With similarities to Vail Resorts' California resort deals at Northstar and Kirkwood, Canyons has just undergone $75 million in resort upgrades and improvements — all this, prior to deal closure. The Canyons Resort has received accolades from many national publications, among the top ten in SKI Magazine, and number four in OUTSIDE Magazine.

2013-2014 Epic Season Pass holders "will receive unlimited and unrestricted access to Canyons, as well as to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood. The 2013-2014 Epic Pass is on sale now at $689 for adults, compared to the season pass price of $849 at Canyons this past year."

Will you be grabbing an Epic Season Pass for this season, at this discounted rate? How do you feel about adding this Park City, Utah resort to the list of Vail acquisitions? Have you been to Canyons Resort?

Feel free to let us know your thoughts and answers in the comment section below or share this with a friend!

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