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Is Charlotte Pass next in Vail’s sights?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass: Photo Charlotte Pass Facebook/Didj Mick Hopkins

It was a small gesture but an undeniably important one.

By Perisher opening Front Valley a week early, it’s the resort saying we’re on our toes and ready to move as the conditions dictate.

It’s another positive move by Perisher and comes amidst suggestions that Vail Resorts wants in at Charlotte Pass.

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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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$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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