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Vail Resorts promises $175 million more for employees, bumps starting pay to $20 an hour

Vail Resorts will spend $175 million more a year on employees, increasing pay by more than 30% after a grueling season that saw North America’s largest resort operator vilified as it struggled to open chairs and handle crowds.  Kirsten Lynch celebrated her 100th day as CEO of Vail Resorts this week, marking what was likely […]

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Snow may not be piling up at Colorado ski resorts this season, but anxiety sure is

It wasn’t that long ago that ski resort operators lost sleep over snowfall. Then they had to fret over once-in-a-lifetime protocols to limit the spread of contagion at their ski areas.  Now, the worries are stacked even deeper, with affordable housing, dwindling numbers of workers and ever-lengthening lift lines joining the perennial fretting over snow […]

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Colorado ski resort operators turbo-charged technology last season, and many of the upgrades are here to stay

For many years, resort captains have been slow and steady with investment in technology. The behind-the-scenes stuff — wireless networks, point-of-sale and lodging reservation systems, online ticket sales — typically was overshadowed by flashy projects involving new chairlifts and terrain.  The coronavirus turbo-charged ski resort interest in decidedly unsexy technology, which is now a top […]

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Eager early-season crowds are helping Colorado ski resorts fine tune operations before the holiday crush

Winter Park delayed its opening a couple weeks to early December and the pent-up demand almost overwhelmed the Grand County resort on its first Saturday.  Lines were long on Dec. 5 and, as skiers kicked off skis and snowboards to load up the base-area gondola, distancing faded. By midday, the resort had made changes. “We […]