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The Epic Pass turns 10 this month and to celebrate, Vail’s offering a $99 Epic Pass for all active and retired military members and their families.

VAIL MOUNTAIN’S FOUNDERS WERE BOTH VETERANS

“Pete and Earl were about making the mountains more accessible. That was one of their primary drivers. For us, the Epic Pass is about making the mountains more accessible and we feel the right way to pull this all together was to make the mountains more accessible to the military,” stated Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz while speaking with the Summit Daily. “It’s the right thing to do to make sure we honor our beginnings.”

THE BEGINNING

In 1957, Pete Seibert, who served in the U.S. Army’s famed 10th Mountain Division during World War II, and Earl Eaton, who served as an army engineer during the war, climbed to the top of Vail Mountain and saw what would become one of the most celebrated resorts in the world. They said the founding of Vail Mountain was driven by a strong desire to live their passion and share that passion and access to the mountains with others. In an interview with Sports Illustrated in the late ‘80s, Seibert said, “Everybody else thought we were crazy, but we thought we could do any [darned] thing we decided to do.”