On November first, the Epic Race will begin—a season-long challenge to ski or ride 26 mountains around the world. The first ten to complete this Jules Vernian task, hosted by Vail Resorts, will win an Epic Pass for life. The Epic Pass for life permits winners to ski or ride any resorts participating in the Epic Race that year.
"After adding three more countries and 20 additional resorts, we're throwing down the gauntlet," says Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "If you can be one of the first to ski the world, you'll ski for life."
The competition spans Switzerland, France, and Austria, making it more epic than the Epic Race of 2008, which included only six resorts in the U.S. During the competition, racers may ski or ride no more than one resort a day in the U.S. and two resorts a day in Europe–to ensure they fully experience every mountain. Expenses are not included.