Stowe Mountain Resort Ski & Ride FAQs for Winter 2020-2021

View below for important updates about the upcoming winter season at Stowe Mountain Resort.

What safety steps has the resort taken for safety during the pandemic? 

How do I purchase my lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort?

  • There is a new reservation system to book tickets to ski and ride at Stowe Mountain Resort. If you are an EPIC Season Pass-holder or EPIC Day Pass-holder, you will have priority access to reserve skiing/riding access online starting November 6, 2020. If you choose not to purchase an EPIC Season Pass or EPIC Day Pass, then you will be unable to make ski lift ticket reservations until December 8, 2020. These reservations would be for the core ski season from December 8, 2020 to April 4, 2021. If you are planning to ski/ride in the Early Season (November 25 – December 7) or over the Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King weekend, Presidents week), please review the sections below. 

What do I need to know about skiing/riding in Early Season (November 25 – December 7)?

  • Skiing/Riding access at Stowe Mountain Resort is limited to EPIC Season Pass-holders and EPIC Day Pass-holders for Early Season. If you were not planning on purchasing a Season-Pass, the only way you can ski during the Early Season is by purchasing Epic Day Passes. In both cases, you will still be required to reserve your ski access in advance. 

What do I need to know about skiing/riding over the holidays?

  • For those looking to visit Stowe during a busy holiday time frame (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King weekend, Presidents week) we recommend purchasing an Epic Pass or Epic Day Passes due to the high demand for mountain access over those dates. There is a strong possibility that ski access will sell-out for holidays before normal lift tickets go on-sale on December 8. For the best chance at securing your Holiday Ski access, we recommend reserving your ski access with your Epic Pass or Epic Day Pass on November 6, as soon as the reservation system goes live. For the safety of all guests and mountain employees, there will be no in-person lift ticket purchases this year.  View reservation details and  winter experience details.

What do I need to know if I’m a EPIC Pass holder? 

  • EPIC Pass holders will be required to make a reservation before arriving at the mountain. Throughout the season, pass-holders will be able to make as many week-of reservations as their pass type and availability allow. In addition to week-of reservations, Pass-holders can reserve up to seven Priority Reservation Days, or as many days of access as they have on their pass if less than seven. The booking window for Priority Reservation Days will open Nov. 6 and will be exclusive to pass holders until Dec. 7. 
  • As pass holders use their Priority Reservation Days, they can book new ones, maintaining up to seven (or however many days of access are remaining on their pass) at any time. In addition, pass holders can always make as many week-of reservations as they choose (or however many days of access are remaining on their pass).
    • Example: An Epic Pass-Holder reserves December 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021 for their seven Priority Reservation Days. After skiing on December 26, the Epic Pass-holder can access the online reservation system and will see one Priority Reservation Day available for a future trip. Each day one of their reserved Priority Reservation Days is used, a new Priority Reservation Day becomes available in their account. 
  • Families will be able to book reservations together if they are in the same pass holder account. Find more pass-holder information and reservation details.

What do I need to know if I’m not a passholder? 

  • Stowe Mountain Resort Lift tickets (including Buddy tickets and SWAF tickets) will go on sale on Dec. 8, with sales limited based on the number of spaces available for any given day after our exclusive pass holder reservation period. The early season (Nov. 25 to Dec. 7) will be reserved for EPIC Pass-holders and EPIC Day Pass-holders only. Given the need to manage lift tickets sales, lift tickets will be sold only on resort websites and through their call centers. No lift tickets will be sold at the ticket window in the resort – you may only pick up your pre-purchased lift ticket at ticket windows. The resort encourages guests to purchase in advance – though guests can purchase a same day lift ticket online or through our call centers, subject to availability, and then pick up the lift ticket at the ticket window. View reservation details.

How can I become an EPIC Pass-holder? / Can I still buy an Epic Pass?

  • EPIC passes are only available for a limited time. All EPIC Passes can be purchased online at or by calling (970) 754-0005

What if I had a pass in the 2019-20 season?

  • Your 2019/20 pass holder credit is not impacted by the reservation system. The deadline to use your 2019/20 credit toward a 2020/21 season was September 17, 2020. However, you may be eligible to rollover your 2019/20 Pass Holder credit if you are eligible for a refund of your 2020/21 pass under Epic Coverage. Terms and conditions apply. Please see Epic Coverage Terms and Conditions for more information.

How do I get to Stowe Mountain Resort from area lodging?

  • During the winter months, Stowe, Vermont offers a free shuttle bus service through Green Mountain Transit (GMT) that provides convenient access to world-class skiing and snowboarding, dining, shopping and other activities and attractions. The complimentary Mountain Road Shuttle offers convenient transportation in Stowe, especially during inclement weather and peak periods. Due to the pandemic, the shuttle will operate at 50% capacity and require that masks are worn. If you are unable to take the shuttle, we strongly recommend using a vehicle with 4-wheel drive/all-wheel drive and/or winter/snow tires. Carpooling is highly encouraged to limit traffic and help reduce our carbon footprint. 

What is Epic Coverage?

  • New for the 2020/21 season, Epic Coverage is now included free for all pass holders, as the resort understands you might be nervous about what the future may hold and is offering even more expansive coverage. Epic Coverage is designed to give you the peace of mind you need to get back on the slopes this season. Epic Coverage provides refunds associated with illness, job loss, injury and certain resort closures, such as any due to COVID-19. It also protects your Priority Reservation Days on the mountain this season. If any of the following happens over the course of the next season, you will get a full or prorated refund. Terms and conditions apply.

View additional information and resources about making a safe #ReturntoStowe this fall and winter season.