|Type||Public NASDAQ: SNOW|
|Headquarters||Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|Key people||Bill Jensen, CEO|
|Owners||Fortress Investment Group|
Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc is a developer and operator of destination resorts and a luxury adventure travel company. The company was founded in 1976 as a privately funded real estate development company. In 2006, Intrawest was purchased by Fortress Investment Group, a private equity investment company, which resulted in the company being delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. Fortress was under financial pressure related to the Intrawest debt, but a new loan with a single lender was completed in April 2010 and all prior lenders were repaid in full.
In recent years Intrawest has strengthened its cash flows, despite 2012 proving to be a challenging year for the American ski industry with warmer than normal temperatures and snowfall at 50% of historical averages. Western Canada experienced above average and record snowfall amounts in some areas.
In 1986, Intrawest acquired Blackcomb Mountain from the Federal Business Development Bank, a Canadian Crown Corporation, and Fortress Mountain of Alberta (no relation to Fortress Investments LLC), a wholly owned division of Aspen Skiing Company. The company later went public, listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges and, in 1996, merged with Whistler Mountain Ski Corporation to form Whistler-Blackcomb resort, a venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. Intrawest eventually spun off Whistler-Blackcomb and sold the last of its shares in that company in 2012.
Today, the Intrawest network includes mountain resorts. Intrawest also operates Club Intrawest, a private resort club with nine locations in North America. The company is the largest developer and operator of resort properties in North America offering skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, lodging, and real estate opportunities at each of its resorts. Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America. The company owns Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world.
On November 12, 2013, Intrawest filed an initial public offering (IPO) with the New York Stock Exchange to raise up to $100 Million. The filing states that the money is being raised, "for working capital and other general corporate purposes, which may include potential investments in, and acquisitions of, ski and adventure travel businesses and assets."
Resorts owned at least in part by Intrawest include:
- Blue Mountain, Ontario
- Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia
- Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado
- Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont
- Mont Tremblant Resort, Quebec
- Canadian Mountain Holidays, Alberta
- Winter Park, Colorado (Intrawest is contracted to operate this city park which is owned by the city of Denver.)
- Zihuatanejo, Mexico
- Mammoth, California (October 2005)
- Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
- Copper Mountain, Colorado (November 2009)
- Les Arcs 1950, France (October 2009)
- Flaine Montsoleil development, France (October 2009)
- Panorama Mountain Village, British Columbia (January 2010)
- Mountain Creek, New Jersey (May 2010)
- Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Florida (March 2010)
- The Village at Squaw Valley, California (January 2010)
- See "A lot has been happening at Intrawest...and Snowshoe Mountain"; "SkiSoutheast News", www.skisoutheast.tv, August 14, 2006.
- "Intrawest strikes refinancing deal with lenders". Reuters. April 27, 2010.
- "U.S. Ski Industry Tallies 51 Million Visits in 2011/12 Season". May 7, 2012.
- Canadian Mountain Holidays: Our Story
- Pankratz, Howard (2013-11-12). "Denver's Intrawest Resorts files $100 million IPO". Vail Daily (Swift Communications). Retrieved 2013-11-12. "Intrawest Resorts Holdings, which operates Steamboat Ski & Resort, Winter Park Resort and other ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada, has registered for an initial public offering seeking to raise as much $100 million"
- Hayes, Duffy (2005-10-05). "Intrawest sells off Mammoth". Summit Daily News. Retrieved 2013-11-12. "Intrawest announced the finalization of the sale of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area"