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May, 2011 Bachelor Gulch Real Estate Market Update


Prices seem to have stabilized and sales are slowly increasing.  We’ve had 5 condo sales this year versus 3 last year at this time.

Click on the links below to view the May market update and the current BG condo and townhome listings and 2011 sales.

Market Update May 11

Listings & Sales May 11

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Ski Season Wrap-Up


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.

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Vail Resorts Drops Prices on 2011-2012 Season Passes


Vail Resorts Drops Prices on 2011-2012 Season Passes with a Limited-Time Only Special Discount Beginning Friday, April 15 Through May 8, 2011

14 April 2011

  • Prices are dropping $20 on Adult Season Passes and $10 for Child/Teen/Senior Season Passes April 15 through May 8, 2011.
  • Anyone who has already purchased a pass for the 2011-2012 season will also receive the benefit of this new lower price, including a refund, if applicable.
  • $49 Locks in the Best Deals Now for Winter Ski and Snowboard Vacations with the Epic Pass, Epic 7-Day, New Epic Local Pass, Summit Value Pass and New Tahoe Value Pass.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – April 14, 2011 – Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today in celebration of the record-setting snowfall in Colorado and Lake Tahoe this season, it is reducing the prices on 2011-2012 season passes in a special, limited-time offer. Beginning Friday, April 15 through May 8, 2011, the Company is dropping the price by $20 for adults and $10 for children, teens and seniors on the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day, Summit Value Pass and Tahoe Value Pass. Those who have already purchased their 2011-2012 season pass will automatically receive this new promotional price, including receiving a refund, if applicable.
“The 2010-2011 ski and snowboard season was truly one for the record books. Both Colorado and Lake Tahoe received so much snow that our guests have been able to ski and ride phenomenal powder conditions all-season long,” said Heidi Kercher-Pratt, vice president and chief marketing officer for Vail Resorts. “We wanted to carry the excitement from this season into the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season by offering our guests a limited-time, special discount on our most popular season pass products, giving skiers and riders an even greater ‘epic’ value at our six iconic resorts.”
All passes are available for purchase at www.epicpass.com and the new prices, valid from April 15 through May 8, are listed below. A $49 down payment now guarantees the lowest price with the remaining balance due in mid-September.
 
  • The Epic Pass™, the best season pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Arapahoe Basin is now available at $629 (previously $649) for adults.
  • The new Epic Local Pass™ (formerly the Colorado Pass), now at $479 (previously $499) for adults is perfect for locals who can navigate a few more restrictions. The Epic Local Pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and includes 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek. New this year, it also includes skiing or riding at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe, with limited restricted days.  Pass holders can purchase access to Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe on restricted days for $50 per day.
  • Epic 7-Day™ is ideal for people who don’t plan to ski more than seven days. The Epic 7-Day gives skiers and snowboarders a total of seven unrestricted days of skiing and riding at any one of Vail Resorts’ six mountain resorts plus Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season, now at $479 (previously $499) for adults.
  • Summit Value Pass™ is a great option for people who only plan to ski Summit County. The Summit Value Pass is now available at $389 (previously $409) for adults and provides unlimited and unrestricted lift access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, as well as access to Breckenridge with limited restrictions. Pass holders can purchase access to Breckenridge on restricted days for $50 per day.
  • New for 2011-2012, the Tahoe Value Pass™, now available at $359 (previously at $379), is ideal for people who plan to ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar. The Tahoe Value Pass™ offers limited access to Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe with Saturdays excluded at Northstar-at-Tahoe. Pass holders can purchase access to either resort on restricted days for $50 per day.
Season Pass Insurance Option
Vail Resorts encourages its guests to purchase pass insurance. All of its pass products are non-refundable. However, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected events including sickness, injuries and job loss. Pass insurance is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12). Coverage applies for all season passes and the Epic 7-Day valid for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season. For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.

Special
Pass Holder Benefits
All Epic Season Pass, Epic 7-Day, Epic Local Pass, Summit Value Pass and Tahoe Value Pass purchasers will receive exclusive offers and promotions on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season.
Skiers and snowboarders who purchase their passes this spring will also receive special benefits for this summer 2011, including access for scenic chairlift and gondola rides. All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.
For more information about Vail Resorts season passes or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

 Contact(s):

Kate Lessman
phone: (303) 404-1871

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Epicmix – A Fun Addition from Vail Resorts


This year Vail Resorts offered season pass and Peaks pass holders the ability to track the lifts they rode during a day of skiing as well as the vertical feet they tallied.  This information was captured by scanners that read the RF chip on the pass as the skier passed under a gantry as they boarded a lift. 

The information is accessed by logging into the Epicmix homepage at http://www.snow.com/epicmix/home.aspx .  Once the skier creates a login and password, they can see the daily and season totals. 

Vail Resorts awarded digital “Pins” for accomplishing a particular feat, such as skiing 100,000 vertical feet, the “Wingardium Leviosa” pin.  They also awarded points based on a rather obscure system that I never could figure out. 

It has been fun seeing how much I skied over the course of a season and how I compared to other skiers.  I even set at goal – 1,000,000 vertical feet before the end of the season.  I’m within 75,000 feet and expect to complete it this week or next. 

The system still has a few bugs.  It occasionally misses a chairlift ride and I think the sorting system needs additional refinement.  But it has improved over the season and is a program that I highly recommend to guests.

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