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Perisher, Australia and Vail, US Combine for One Epic Package!

Avid skiers understand the frustration of being confined to the whims of the seasons and snowfall. Wouldn't it be nice if you could ski the best mountains all year in both the northern and southern hemispheres? Well, now you can at a great season pass rate!

Australian powder reflected on the googles of a skier anticipating a great run.

The Vail ski and snowboard season ended April 23rd this year, but on the other side of the world in Australia, the Perisher Resort ski season is just about to ramp up. Perisher’s season begins June 9th and runs through October 2nd, 2017, leaving less than six weeks between seasons. Skiers and snowboarders are going to want to take advantage of the terrific value Epic Australia pass offered by the Perisher Resort for only $799 Australian dollars.

The Perisher trail map highlights all the great runs that come with the Epic Australian pass.

Purchasers of the Epic Australia pass get unlimited access to the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. These mountains are truly iconic! But that is not all that you get when you purchase an Epic Australia pass. Pass holders are also entitled to ten days at North America's best mountains at the Vail Ski Resort. Pass holders receive unlimited access to other US resorts like Park City, Breckenridge, and Keystone if they want to spend more than ten days skiing the slopes of America's beautiful west.

For Australians and others who are interested in the Epic Australia and pass and who may not be familiar with the wonderful city of Vail, Colorado, let's get to know the town a bit more.

Colorado is one of the friendliest places in America, and Vail is welcoming and warm to visitors from all over the globe. Vail boasts over 200 fine shops and another 100 restaurants and bars for visitors to discover the savory and the sweet. Vail is ideal because getting around town is so easy! The town is completely walkable with easy-to-read signs everywhere and beautiful cobbled streets. When you tire of a stroll, Vail provides one of the country's best free public transportation systems with friendly and knowledgeable bus drivers to recommend the best stop for your next adventure.

Vail’s ski village was modeled after the founders’ experiences in Europe as a part of the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. The town has a delightful European feel to it and many wonderful places for visitors to stay that are immediately comfortable and homey. Ask about lodges or condos with upscale touches like decks, hot tubs to soothe those aching muscles, full-services spas, and fireplaces that fire up at the flip of a switch.

Bridge Street Ski Haus at the bse of Gondola One in Vail is the international traveler's go-to ski rental shop.

The similarities between Australia and Vail are striking:

  • Locals and visitors are helpful and love to have a great time!
  • Visitors and locals both have a strong sense of adventure, something that is very prevalent in Australian culture. The people of Vail love to have a good time and try new things with new people.
  • Ski culture. If you can find a mountain, you'll find the laid-back vibes of ski culture close behind. Skiing creates a universal language around snow conditions, speed, technique, and apres’ party fun.

Vail has invested in public art thanks in large part to a program called Art in Public Places, which strives to make al fresco art available to everyone who chooses to experience it. There are beautiful statues and sculptures as you venture around the resort, and even a part of town called riddle lane that features pictogram puzzles in the pathway!

The bronze statue honoring the soldiers of 10th Mountain Division.

Performing arts is a specialty here, with live bands around town for apres’ ski and late night dancing. The Vail Valley Foundation’s Vilar Performing Arts Center brings headliners to town, who enjoy a little slope time themselves in addition to their performances. Recent acts have included Bruce Hornsby, comedian David Spade, Diana Krall, and Peter Frampton.

History buffs can visit the immersive Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and explore six galleries full of documents, artifacts, and footage from past events such as the Winter Olympics, the founding of Vail, ski patrol, and notable mountaineers and athletes. The museum is free for visitors so make sure you check it out while you're in Vail Village near the transportation center.

These are just a few of the many activities that you can immerse yourself in while on your ski or snowboard trip to Vail, Colorado. When you’re buying your Epic Australia Pass for this season, include travel to Vail in your plans and book your equipment hire now at a great discount. Just $20 down now locks in 10 days of equipment hire for the price of seven days!

Heli Skiing with CMH, Bridgestreet's Intrawest Partner.