|Headquarters||Broomfield, Colorado, U.S.|
|Revenue||US$1.91 billion (2021)|
|US$261 million (2021)|
|US$128 million (2021)|
|Total assets||US$6.25 billion (2021)|
|Total equity||US$1.83 billion (2021)|
Number of employees
|6,100 (July 2021)|
|Footnotes / references|
Vail Resorts, Inc. is an American mountain resort company headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. The company is divided into three divisions. The mountain segment owns and operates 40 mountain resorts in four countries, Vail Resorts Hospitality owns or manages hotels, lodging, condominiums and golf courses, and the Vail Resorts Development Company oversees property development and real estate holdings.
Vail Resorts was founded as Vail Associates Ltd. by Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton in the early 1960s. Eaton, a lifelong resident, led Siebert (a former WWII 10th Mountain Division ski trooper) to the area in March 1957. They both became ski patrol guides at Aspen, Colorado, when they shared their dream of finding the "next great ski mountain." Siebert set off to secure financing and Eaton engineered the early lifts. Their Vail ski resort opened in 1962. George N. Gillett Jr. purchased Vail Associates in 1985. Vail Associates changed its name to Vail Resorts and went public in 1997 after Gillett Holdings went bankrupt. Apollo Management, headed by Leon Black, bought the company out of bankruptcy and took Vail Resorts public, controlling Vail Resorts until 2003, when Apollo divested itself of controlling interest. The skating rink at Beaver Creek, Colorado, was named the Black Family Skating Rink after Leon Black.
Rob Katz, a former executive at Apollo, ran Vail Resorts as CEO until November 2021, when he was appointed executive chairperson of the board. Kirsten Lynch, the company's former chief marketing officer, then took over as CEO.
Some of Vail Resort's acquisitions have fueled anger among local residents. Locals complain that the Vail's pass structure caters to wealthy international pass holders and reduces access to nearby residents; additionally, residents have seen their cost-of-living increase following Vail's takeovers.
In 2001, Vail Resorts acquired the luxury hotel chain RockResorts, which contributed substantially to their brand recognition. RockResorts was named after its original owners, the Rockefeller Family. As of January 2017, the properties include:
The Pines Lodge at Beaver Creek, CO
The Lodge at Vail, CO
The Osprey at Beaver Creek, CO
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, CO
One Ski Hill Place at Breckenridge Ski Resort
The Grand Summit Hotel in Park City Utah
Subsidiaries and affiliates
All of the company's retail operations are run by a smaller company, [Vail Resorts Retail, VRR], of which Vail owns 70%. The owners of the other 30% are the Gart Brothers, specifically Tom Gart, Ken Gart and John Gart. The Gart family have been in the sporting goods business for 3 generations and were the former owners of Gart Sports, the large chain of sporting goods stores in the western US. Gart Sports was sold by the Gart family in the 1990s and then recently sold again to Sports Authority, which discontinued the use of the Gart Sports name in 2006. In 2010, Vail completed the buyout of the Specialty Sports Venture brand and is now the 100% owner of all SSV operations. In addition to all of the ski shops in the Vail Resorts portfolio of ski areas, the SSV chain of stores includes Bicycle Village in Denver, Colorado Ski & Golf, Boulder Ski Deals, Aspen Sports, Telluride Sports and Mountain Sports Outlet in Summit County and Glenwood Springs and many others. SSV is reportedly the largest Trek bicycles dealer in the world.
Vail Resorts also owns just over 50% of Slifer Smith and Frampton (SSF), the largest real estate brokerage company in the Vail region, controlling over 70% of the real estate transactions in the market. Slifer, Smith and Frampton was called Slifer, Smith and Frampton/Vail Associates Real Estate, but they dropped the "Vail Associates" name in 2003. The founders of SSF are Rod Slifer, a former ski instructor who was recently the mayor of the Town of Vail, Mark Smith, a real estate broker/turned developer who currently also runs East West Partners with Harry Frampton, who was the former President of Vail Associates and currently owns East West Partners. East West Partners has built most of the large building that make up the Beaver Creek Village, including the Marketplace Building, Village Hall and One Beaver Creek. Not to be confused with East West Resorts, a separate property Management Group.
Vail Resorts Development Company (VRDC) is the wholly owned real estate development company that Vail Resorts uses to develop all of its company-owned real estate, other than the projects that East West Partners develops. VRDC developed Bachelor's Gulch, one of the most upscale, ski-in/ski-out resorts in the business with its own Ritz Carlton and just over 100 slopeside mansions. President Gerald Ford kept his ski house in the Strawberry Park section of Beaver Creek, which is between Beaver Creek and Bachelor's Gulch. Arrowhead is the third "peak" in the heavily promoted "village to village ski experience" in which you can ski from Beaver Creek to Bachelor's Gulch to Arrowhead and back again. Arrowhead was a separate ski area unrelated to Beaver Creek for years before they were finally bought by Vail Associates in the early 1990s. VRDC also developed "club" division of Vail Resorts, including the Beaver Creek Club, the Arrowhead Alpine Club, and Game Creek Club (in Vail). VRDC also developed Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott (approximate 10 miles (16 km) west of Beaver Creek), which includes two golf courses and many million dollar golf course homes. All of these clubs are now operated by the "Mountain Division" of Vail Resorts.
List of resorts
Vail Resorts operates 41 ski resorts in the United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland including, notably, the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Crested Butte ski areas in Colorado, and Northstar California, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and Heavenly Mountain Resort on the California-Nevada border. They also acquired the largest ski resort in North America: Whistler Blackcomb, located in British Columbia, Canada. Vail Resorts offers a variety of multi-resort season passes under the Epic Pass program. The Epic Pass also has partnerships that allows access to several other resorts in the US, Canada, Japan, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Vail Resorts acquired the Grand Teton Lodge Company within the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in 1999. The GTLC properties include the Jenny Lake Lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, and Colter Bay Village.
|Name||Location||Number of lifts||Date opened||Date acquired||Notes|
|Afton Alps||Hastings, Minnesota||22||1963 December 21||2012 December 6|||
|Alpine Valley||Chesterland, Ohio||5||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Andermatt-Sedrun||Switzerland||19||2022 March 28||Vail owns a 55% share of the resort |
|Attitash Mountain||Bartlett, New Hampshire||9||1965 January 26||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Beaver Creek Resort||Beaver Creek, Colorado||25||1980 December 15||—|
|Big Boulder||Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania||10||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Boston Mills||Peninsula, Ohio||8||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains. * 16 lifts jointly with Brandywine|
|Brandywine||Sagamore Hills Township, Ohio||8||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains. * 16 lifts jointly with Boston Mills|
|Breckenridge Ski Resort||Breckenridge, Colorado||32||1961 December 16||1996|||
|Crested Butte Mountain Resort||Crested Butte, Colorado||16||1961 November 23||2018 September 27 ||Purchased with Mt. Sunapee, Stevens Pass, and Okemo.|
|Crotched Mountain||Bennington, New Hampshire||5||1969 December 14||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Falls Creek||Bogong High Plains, Victoria, Australia||14||1946||2019 February 22||Bought from Merlin Entertainments along with Hotham.|
|Heavenly Mountain Resort||South Lake Tahoe, California||30||1955 December 15||2002 March 26|
|Hidden Valley||Eureka, Missouri||9||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Hidden Valley Resort (Pennsylvania)||Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania||4||1958||2021 December 31||Bought from Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Inc. and affiliates along with two other resorts.|
|Hotham Alpine Resort||Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia||14||1925||2019 February 22||Bought from Merlin Entertainments along with Falls Creek.|
|Hunter Mountain||Hunter, New York||15||1960 January 9||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Jack Frost||White Haven, Pennsylvania||18||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Keystone Resort||Keystone, Colorado||20||1970 November 21||1996|
|Kirkwood Mountain Resort||Kirkwood, California||15||1972||2012 February 22|||
|Laurel Mountain||Somerset County, Pennsylvania||2||1939||2021 December 31||Bought from Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Inc. and affiliates along with two other resorts.|
|Liberty Mountain Resort||Fairfield, Pennsylvania||9||1960||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Mad River Mountain||Zanesfield, Ohio||12||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Mount Brighton||Brighton, Michigan||12||1960||2012 December 6|||
|Mount Snow||West Dover, Vermont||20||1954||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Mount Sunapee Resort||Newbury, New Hampshire||11||1948 December 26||2018 September 27 ||Owned by State of NH but operated alongside Okemo, first resort in New Hampshire to be operated by Vail|
|Northstar California||Truckee, California||20||1972 December||2010 October 25|||
|Okemo Mountain Resort||Ludlow, Vermont||20||1956 January 31||2018 September 27 ||Purchased alongside Mount Sunapee, Stevens Pass, and Crested Butte.|
|Paoli Peaks||Paoli, Indiana||8||1978 December||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Park City Mountain Resort||Park City, Utah||41||1963 December 21||2013 May 29 (Canyons)
2014 September 11 (Park City)
|In 2015, Vail merged the Park City and Canyons resorts under the Park City Mountain Resort name, connecting them with a gondola.|
|Perisher Ski Resort||Perisher Valley, Australia||46||1951||2015 March 30||Vail's first Australian property.|
|Roundtop Mountain Resort||Lewisberry, Pennsylvania||7||1964 November 28||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Seven Springs Mountain Resort||Seven Springs, Pennsylvania||14||1937||2021 December 31||Bought from Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Inc. and affiliates along with two other resorts.|
|Snow Creek||Weston, Missouri||5||1986||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Stevens Pass||Skykomish, Washington||10||1937||2018 June 4||Purchased alongside Mount Sunapee, and Okemo.|
|Stowe Mountain Resort||Stowe, Vermont||12||1937 February 7||2017 February 21||Vail's first resort on the East Coast of the United States.|
|Vail Ski Resort||Vail, Colorado||31||1962 December 15||—||The third-largest ski resort in the United States.|
|Whistler Blackcomb||Whistler, British Columbia, Canada||37||1966 January 15||2016 August 8||Purchased 75% interest in Whistler & Blackcomb Partnerships (balance owned by Nippon Cable)|
|Whitetail Resort||Mercersburg, Pennsylvania||9||1991||2019 September 24||Bought from Peak Resorts along with 16 other mountains.|
|Wildcat Mountain Ski Area||Gorham, New Hampshire||5||1958 January 25||2019 September 24||Wildcat trail cut by CCC in 1933. Original gondola started operation in 1958. Peak Resorts acquired Wildcat in 2010.|
|Wilmot Mountain||Wilmot, Wisconsin||11||1938 February||2016 January 19|
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