The North American Pass War has been building this past winter - the latest move comes from the empire of Vail Resorts. In part due to direct competition from the new Ikon Pass (Alterra), Vail's already announced the addition of Telluride and Hakuba to the ever-expanding Epic Pass this year. Today, they have announced a 'long-term alliance' with Resort of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) to which six Canadian resorts will be added to the Epic Pass.

Epic Pass holders will receive seven days at Fernie, Kicking Horse, Kimberley, Nakiska, Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham with no blackout days, as well as 50 percent off lift tickets after the seven days have been redeemed. This brings the total number of resorts on Epic to 61. RCR season pass holders will receive 50 percent off lift tickets at Vail owned resorts.

“Resorts of the Canadian Rockies is delighted to join the Epic Pass, and along with Whistler Blackcomb, offer the best of Canadian skiing and snowboarding,” Tom Rosner, vice president of marketing and sales of RCR, released in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with Vail Resorts, the industry leader, as the Epic Pass features the best resorts at the top ski destinations around the world. We look forward to start welcoming Epic Pass holders to all of our resorts next season.”

Who will be next?