Charlotte Pass: Photo Charlotte Pass Facebook/Didj Mick Hopkins
With the Charlotte Pass lease set to expire at the end of this month and no official word on what was happening – I thought it was time for a bit of an update.
Our source close to the situation says that instead of a long-term lease being granted at this stage, a six-month one would be put in place.
Guthega – a sneaky good option at this time of the season. Pic: Perisher Facebook
From passes, to good lifties and getting skis stolen (err mistakenly taken), this is what I learnt on my first trip to the snow this season.
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
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?
Capturing some late season pow this week with Big Red Cats in Rossland. Pic: Jess Bonde.
To me it seems logical.
A pass that encapsulates the best of British Columbia’s interior, all on the one ticket.
The Powder Highway: the sweep of terrain that loops around the Kootenay Rockies like a roughly-hewn lasso and includes eight ski resorts, 14 snowcat operations and another 11 heli-ski outfits in British Columbia.
But can they take on the Vail behemoth with an all-areas pass?
It’s a question that’s on my mind as I make why through the heartland of BC and I’ve already got an interesting answer or two …