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The future of Perisher: Vail CEO interview

Posted by on 2:16 pm in Australia | 11 comments

Perisher

The Snow Gauge went one-on-one with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and asked the tough questions about Perisher developments, expansion plans and just what can be done about expensive lessons.

Key points from the chat:

  • Much hinges on a government report on Perisher that is slated to be handed down in October
  • Village and key developments at Perisher could still be a decade away
  • There’ll be no superpipe in Perisher
  • Concedes more needs to be done with lesson pricing
  • A Japanese resort is in the Epic Pass crosshairs

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Why you should ski Portillo, Chile this winter

Posted by on 1:29 pm in South America | 0 comments

Portillo Lake Run

Anthony Sharwood doing some spring preparation on the Lake Run, Portillo. Pic: Glenn Cullen

When discussion turns to which ski resort you’ll visit this southern hemisphere winter the arguments will invariably be of the Noah’s Ark variety.

That is, depending on where you live and your peccadilloes, it will be in a two-by-two format.

Australia vs New Zealand. Victoria vs NSW. Perisher vs Thredbo. Hotham/Falls v Mt Buller.

But for a host of reasons I’d like to throw a third animal into the mix: Portillo, Chile.

I visited the South American giant in August last year and, while far from perfect, it’s a place every skier should head to at least once in their life.

Here’s why.

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Cox and James share Aussie snow award

Posted by on 11:11 pm in Australia, Competition | 0 comments

Britt Cox and Scotty James

Scotty James and Britt Cox – shared winners at Australian Skiing and Snowboarding’s night of nights. Pic: OWIA

In the end Australia’s two best winter athletes just couldn’t be separated.

So it seemed only fitting that moguls skier Britt Cox and halfpipe snowboarder Scotty James shared the Australian Snowsports Athlete of the Year Award.

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Epic Pass doubles lockout dates

Posted by on 12:24 pm in Australia, Canada, United States | 2 comments

Obama was surprised to learn about the Epic lock-out dates until he realised he was A) American and B) Not short of a quid.

Ok, you are sure to know about Whistler being added to the Epic Australia Pass for 2017/18, another big winner for the Vail Resorts juggernaut.

But there’s another change that’s understandably been publicised a little less.

Last season there were 11 lockout dates; that is 11 days in which you couldn’t use the pass.

Now there are 21.

Enough to get you re-considering? Or do you think it is a justified trade off for getting Canada’s No.1 resort on the ticket (albeit for a combined 10 days with Vail)?

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Is Thredbo next in Aspen’s sights?

Posted by on 4:45 pm in Australia, United States | 1 comment

Thredbo and Aspen

Asbo? Thredpen? The mind boggles …

With the news that Aspen has just purchased Mammoth Mountain – hard on the heels of its Intrawest takeover – the question for the Australian market is this: could Thredbo be next in line?

In light of Vail’s purchase of Perisher in 2015 and the current state of the market, this is a deal that would make a lot of sense.

And guess what? Sources have told The Snow Gauge that Aspen CEO Mike Kaplan has been spending quite some time in Thredders. Coincidence?

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