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 …
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 …
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.