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Recently Vail Resorts announced the new season pass line-up for the 2013-14 season. Visit www.epicpass.com for more information. New for this year, Vail Resorts is introducing the Epic 4-Day and the Keystone A-Basin Pass, plus the Epic Pass now offers unlimited access to Eldora (some holiday restrictions apply for employees) and five free days at Verbier Resort in Switzerland.
Buy your Vail Resorts season pass before April 14 to lock in the lowest price available and get the most benefits.
- The Epic Pass™: Now including unlimited access to Eldora in Colorado and Five Days In Verbier, Switzerland. Ski as much as you want, whenever you want at $689 for adults and $359 for children (ages 5-12).
- The Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for people who can navigate a few more restrictions.
- Summit Value Pass™: Perfect for people who only plan to ski or ride Summit County, Colorado.
- New Keystone A-Basin Pass™: The best deal for unlimited skiing in Colorado.
- The Tahoe Local Pass™: The best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Seven Days a Week.
- Tahoe Value Pass™: Best for people who can handle a few restrictions.
- New this year, The Epic 4-Day™: Perfect for people who only plan to take one ski vacation.
- Epic 7-Day™: Perfect for people who don’t plan to ski more than seven days.
With less than a month to go until Opening Day of the 2012-23 Winter Season, Keystone is staking its claim as the leading kid-friendly and family-focused resort. Beginning this season, children ages 12 and under will ski and ride for free, every day, all season long, with no blackout dates. To qualify for Kids Ski Free, families must stay two or more nights in Keystone Resort owned/operated lodging, booked on keystoneresort.com or by calling (877) 204-7889. There are no other restrictions or limitations with this program, which makes it truly unique and sets Keystone apart in both the ski industry and the travel industry at large. For more information, visit keystoneresort.com.
I was recently selected to attend the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Logan Academy in Vail. Vicki and Kent Logan of Vail have supported the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard Schools for years by sending a select few to the PSIA National Academy in Utah in the Spring. This year, in addition to the National Academy, the Logans underwrote a PSIA Academy in Vail.
The Academy brings together members of the PSIA National Team and Vail and Beaver Creek ski instructors for 3 days of personal growth. I was lucky enough to be selected for the Academy.
I skied with Nick Herrin, an 8-year member of the National Team and 7 other instructors from Vail and Beaver Creek. What an incredible 3 days. Nick guided us on an exploration of our own skills and knowledge of the ski instruction universe. Everyone one of us skied away with a much deeper understanding of not only our own strengths and focus areas, but how to translate that knowledge into making us better and stronger ski instructors. It was an experience I wish every ski instructor could go through. Luckily, I think the Logans are planning on making this an annual event.
Most of all, thanks to Nick for his patience, experience, and knowledge that exposed us to new ways of thinking and skiing. I’m both physically and mentally exhausted after the 3 days but would do it again in an instant. The photo above is of our group.
Vail Mountain Announces a State-of-the-Art Gondola to Replace Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16) in Vail Village
- Opening of new gondola will coincide with Vail’s 50th anniversary in December 2012
- High-capacity gondola – first of its kind in North America – will increase uphill capacity by 40 percent and include new features such as free Wi-Fi access
VAIL, Colo. — Dec. 19, 2011 — Vail Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States, has already begun making plans for its 50th anniversary in December 2012, by announcing the planned installation of a new, state-of-the art gondola to replace the Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16) in Vail Village.
The new gondola, which will have the number “1” to commemorate Vail’s original gondola in that location, will provide a 40 percent improvement in uphill capacity over the existing Vista Bahn Express Lift (#16) – the highest of any gondola in North America. The state-of-the-art gondola, the first installation of its kind in North America, will offer new features, such as free Wi-Fi access for guests.
“We could think of no better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vail Mountain than by making a dramatic investment to improve the experience for our guests. The new gondola will set a standard for how we transport guests up the mountain, significantly reducing wait times at one of the most popular and recognized lifts anywhere in the world. It will also offer a protected and comfortable ride, complete with free Wi-Fi access,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “The new gondola continues a long tradition of Vail’s investments to set the leading position in guest service anywhere in the mountain resort industry.”
“The new gondola in Vail Village will provide the final touch to Vail’s multi-billion dollar renaissance over the past decade, which has been the result of an incredible partnership between Vail Resorts, the Town of Vail and the entire Vail community,” said Andy Daly, mayor of the Town of Vail. “These investments have ensured Vail’s leadership position in the resort industry for many years to come.”
The new gondola will be located in the same location as the existing lift and will reach the same location at Mid-Vail. The gondola is a state-of-the-art lift replacing the technology of the existing high-speed quad lift that was installed in 1985, approximately 26 years ago, and reintroducing a gondola to Vail Village not experienced since the 1970s. The gondola is proposed to be installed in the spring and summer of 2012 and be operational for opening day of the 2012-2013 ski season, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vail.
The base lift facility will be similar to the existing equipment but instead of chairs hanging from a cable, there will be gondola cabins. Unlike the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) in Lionshead, which is an enclosed facility, the new gondola will be an open air terminal.
The new gondola is subject to Town of Vail and U.S. Forest Service approval. Additional details on the design and approval of the proposed gondola will be available in the coming months.
For more information about Vail Mountain, visit Vail.com or contact the Mountain Information Center at (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8425).
About Vail Mountain
Quickly approaching its 50th anniversary in December 2012 and coveted as the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Spanning seven miles are seven legendary Back Bowls, blanketed last season with more than 40 feet of powder snow. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth. www.Vail.com.
The Beaver Creek 2010-2010 ski season ended last Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed the season. I was able to get on the mountain over 70 days and, according to Epicmix, skied over 1,000,000 vertical feet. I taught 30 days and skied with some wonderful guests. I met one family from Puerto Rico who told me I had “made their fantasies come true” when we said our goodbyes. It is experiences like that one that keep me coming back to ski teaching.
So what were some of my observations?
- Guests returning to the slopes. I don’t know what the final numbers were but we had a lot of guests on the mountain.
- People seemed to be more optimistic about the future.
- My skiing improved significantly even though I continue to get older.
- Snow. We had tons of the white stuff. A great snow season.
- New ski school uniforms for next season.
- I skied a season relatively injury free.
- Prices continue to increase. I started to get some pushback on pricing levels, particularly the $710 we charge for a full day private lesson.
- Vail Resorts has an incredible staff of dedicated employees.
- Vail Resorts does a great job marketing the resort.
- Vail Resorts needs to do a better job working with their employees. I believe the key to great customer service starts with talented and engaged employees who are treated with dignity, trust, and respect.
- People are skiing and riding faster than ever.
- Skiing with and coaching the men of the Bachelor Gulch Club was a real treat.
- My 30 days teaching skiing were a delight.
- Vail Resorts can do a better job creating a world-class guest experience and it starts with the unfriendly ticketing system.
- Skiing is still a wonderful family sport.
- Advances in equipment are changing the sport for the better.
- I still have a passion for skiing.
Enough for now. I am looking forward to some warm days but before we know it, it will be ski season again.
It was announced on Monday, 10/25/10, that Vail Resorts was acquiring the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort on the north side of Lake Tahoe. I actually learned how to ski in Northstar many years ago. Of course it has changed significantly since then. Kim and I visited Northstar several years ago and had a great time. The glade skiing on the back side is excellent.
This acquisition is slightly different from other ski resort acquisitions. Vail Resorts purchased Booth Creek’s “tenant” position with CNL, an REIT, which owns the land the ski resorts sits on. Real estate development in Northstar will be more difficult for Vail Results.
Click here to see the VR press release. Rob Katz, CEO, sent out an email to the employees with some additional comments. Here is an excerpt from that email:
“Today I am excited to announce that Vail Resorts is acquiring Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. from Booth Creek Resort Properties. With substantial and diverse ski terrain, a completely renovated and modern base village, and a reputation for outstanding guest service, Northstar has been one of the fastest growing mountain resorts over the last few years. In addition, Northstar-at-Tahoe will be a terrific complement to Heavenly Mountain Resort, giving us the ability to provide guests even more choices and more value in Lake Tahoe – a key driver in delivering an experience of a lifetime for our guests.
As many of you have heard me say about acquisitions, while there are many ski resorts around the world, very few of them meet what we are looking for to grow Vail Resorts. There are many conditions that must align with our needs – a perfect storm – in order for an acquisition to be right, and Northstar-at-Tahoe is a great match. Northstar has more than 3,000 acres of terrain, with terrific intermediate and beginner terrain and its terrain park is continually ranked as one of the top in the nation. Northstar has been investing in both on-mountain and base area improvements to help drive the guest experience, and is known for outstanding guest service. The resort is located near a major population center in San Francisco and adjacent to the Reno airport, and Northstar has developed a strong season pass program with terrific guest loyalty. Finally, and most importantly, Northstar has a strong leadership team and a dedicated team of employees on board that have been integral in delivering terrific results for the resort.
In addition, Northstar’s proximity to Heavenly (just over an hour away), gives us an excellent opportunity to offer access to both resorts with our season passes, cross promote the experience each has to offer and give guests a seamless way to experience both the South and North Shore of Lake Tahoe in one trip or throughout a season. As we know from our experience in Colorado, this proximity between resorts allows us to offer our guests the best experience and the best value, all at the same time.”