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The future of Perisher: Vail CEO interview

Posted by on May 24, 2017

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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Is Thredbo next in Aspen’s sights?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

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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Ski Aspen @Hotham: the best (long) ski weekend this season!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

Mt Hotham

Sweet colours and sweet skiing at Mt Hotham. Pic: Mark Tsukasov

Skiing. Learning. Living it up a little or chilling out as the mood suits. They’re all fundamentals of the Ski Aspen experience which is coming to Mt Hotham from August 25-28.

Here’s your chance to join them for three days of instruction, apres and a slice of Aspen down under for as little as $600.

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Whistler: Am I the only one who is a bit meh about it?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

I probably should love Whistler. But, like musical reality shows, eggplant and Brisbane – it just doesn’t rock my world. 

Ok, I get the concept. Frequently top-rated ski resort on the planet. A 1.6km vertical drop over two monstrous mountains. Twelve metres of snow in an average season (and talk of 1.2 metres in the next week would you believe). Massive village with every shop and dining option imaginable. Glaciers. Summer riding. Extensive mountain bike terrain. Easy access from a cool city like Vancouver. I’ve probably actually sold you …

Yet I’ve found the place hard to become infatuated with let alone form a meaningful relationship with. Here’s why.

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Ultimate northern hemisphere snow guide

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015

I’m keeping this simple. Real simple folks. I gave myself the task of giving you a 1,000 word rundown of the northern hemisphere snow season that’s full of the things you need to know and all the links but light on the marketing fluff. And without sounding like a total tool, I’ve been to about 90 per cent of the places I’ve listed so I am not cutting and pasting this either.

It will be a fascinating year industry-wise. Will the Vail Resorts pass deal counter the renewed strength of the Greenback? Is Canada set for a surge given it still remains close to parity with the Pacific Peso? How much snow will the predicted big El Nino bring to North America? And will people desert Niseko after an unnamed blogger recently slagged the place off …

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