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Vail Resorts offers end-of-season bonus as ski areas struggle through labor crisis

Ski resorts are struggling with COVID-ravaged workforces and swelling crowds. Vail Resorts promises workers a $2-an-hour bonus as it weathers a labor crisis, a potential strike by Park City ski patrollers and a declining stock price.

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Epic crowds are colliding with epic labor shortages at ski areas

As a record number of pass holders arrive at Vail Resorts ski areas, a critical labor shortage and quarantined workers has delayed terrain openings and cut services, spurring a backlash among workers and local skiers.

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Vail Resorts sold 2.1 million Epic Passes for 2021-22 season after cutting prices by 20%

Resort operator reports a 76% increase in pass sales from 2019-20, which is about 900,000 more tickets and passes purchased in advance.

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

Coronavirus is still a worry, but now ski hill operators must wrestle with too few workers and not enough places to house the ones they’ve hired

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

"COVID accelerated everything,” one ski resort operator says. “We took a multiyear process and did it in like five months.”

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Colorado resorts expect next ski season to be pretty normal, but some coronavirus changes may stick around

Vail Resorts chief Rob Katz on Friday told passholders that the company is not planning to use its reservation system in the 2021-22 season

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Vail Resorts losses continue as pandemic impacts stretch into ski season

North America’s largest resort operator posts 50% revenue decline but a record 1.4 million sales of its Epic Passes. Vail Resorts chief Rob Katz warns investors of “a very challenging season ahead.”

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Coronavirus has cost Vail Resorts more than $200 million. So far.

North America’s largest resort operator posted a rare year-end loss, dragged down by early resort closures and a pandemic-slowed summer. But Epic Pass sales are pacing ahead of last year.

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Vail Resorts lost $140 million after coronavirus forced its ski areas to close. That’s actually better than expected.

North America’s largest resort operator reported earnings on Thursday showing a smaller-than-projected loss after slashing budgets and spending in April.

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Vail Resorts will credit up to 80% of unused Epic passes value to 2020-21 pass

Under pressure from skiers who bought expensive passes intending to use them in the spring, Vail also rolled out new pass insurance that covers calamities, including coronavirus-related shutdowns.

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Arapahoe Basin’s effort to avoid overcrowding by leaving the Epic Pass may be working too well

“This was new ground and we have learned a lot,” says resort leader Al Henceroth. A-Basin joined the Ikon Pass in a deal that limits days.

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Veteran resort operator proposes to lead Granby Ranch out of chaos

Andy Wirth, a former executive at Steamboat Springs, Intrawest and Squaw Alpine, is vying to manage skiing and golf at Granby Ranch as the resort's owner navigates foreclosure

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Not sure which season ski pass to buy? Here are 10 questions to help guide your decision.

Resort operators punish poor planners with staggering walk-up ticket prices. But there’s no reason to get burned in Colorado, ground zero for the ski-pass war.

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After dumping Epic, Arapahoe Basin finds new partner in Ikon Pass

“We think we are going to do better with this deal,” A-Basin boss Alan Henceroth says. But is it better for skiers?

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While others grumble over hordes of newcomers, Telluride embraces Epic Pass skiers

Locals lament crowds of Ikon Pass skiers at some resorts, but Telluride bosses say it's the locals -- not Epic Pass customers -- who are skiing more days than ever

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Vail’s new Epic day pass lowers pre-purchased lift tickets to as low as $89

The latest salvo in Epic-versus-Ikon season pass brawl targets occasional skiers who balk at $200-plus lift tickets

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What really led A-Basin to quit the Epic Pass cash cow? “Parking is our pinch point.”

Resort revenues doubled in the decade Arapahoe Basin was part of the Epic Pass, but parking problems outweigh the benefits of cash flow

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Crested Butte may be the gem in Vail Resorts’ portfolio, but its lifts must be fixed before it can shine

Figuring out where Crested Butte fits into Vail’s quiver of resorts is as challenging as the skiing. “It stands out. And that’s a very good thing.”

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Slower growth in Epic Pass revenue, wider than expected first-quarter losses trigger steep drop in Vail Resorts stock

Vail Resorts’ chief Rob Katz told investors on Friday that he expected to sell 925,000 Epic Passes for the 2018-19 ski season

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Alterra expects to sell 250,000 Ikon Passes, Vail Resorts says Epic Pass sales are up

Analysts are watching sales by the two Colorado-based resort giants for clues about the health of the North American ski industry.

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