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The future of Perisher: Vail CEO interview

Posted by on May 24, 2017

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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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Epic Pass doubles lockout dates

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017

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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The no BS family ski trip using an Epic Pass

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

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The Scells gang do Heavenly … and five other Vail resorts

Four people with four Epic Passes. Two thousand miles. Three states. Six resorts. One month. The unsponsored, unfiltered story of a family ski trip across the United States.

When my sister Monica told me she and her family were going to ski the US for a month I suggested getting an Epic Pass. She concurred. I also told her she had to tell me about the whole experience for The Snow Gauge readers who were thinking of doing the same.

This is what the Scells gang did, what they experienced, what was good, where to eat, how to save a buck and one thing in particular that didn’t work out so well …

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$US189 for a day’s lift pass: would you?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017

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When my sister and her family decided to spend two months travelling around the US in December/January, including a month’s skiing, my advice was simple: Get an Epic Pass for everyone.

For $US850 per adult even into late November it was a no brainer and she devised a trip taking in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Park City, Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar. The pass would then be valid for Perisher in Australia for the 2017 Winter.

Even so she was still aghast when she bowled up to Vail this week and saw the walk-up price for a day pass: $189 or $260 Australian dollars. Ouch.

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Park and ride: checking out the biggest resort in the USA

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

My memories of Salt Lake City and its surrounding resorts were forged against the backdrop of September 11.

There for the 2002 Winter Olympics, less than five months after the attacks, it was a surreal and unnerving time.

Snipers in the hills, extraordinary security arrangements and an almost tangible (and understandable) paranoia pervaded these Games.

The Australian dollar sat at 48.5 cents and Utah state law seemingly made it easier to get a gun then a beer. Steven Bradbury won his country’s first Olympic Games gold medal in 66 years when everyone else fell over. A little over a day later aerial skier Alisa Camplin won the second.

It was a strange time and then some.

Fourteen years on and I was back in Park City for the first time since the Games.

How has this place changed? Let me count the ways. And perhaps talk about a few things that have stayed the same …

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