Record number of skier days at American resorts this year despite so-so snowfall
U.S. ski areas report 61 million visits in 2021-22, marking an all-time high despite unremarkable snow
Colorado’s independent ski areas are thriving in the shadow of dueling, consolidating resort giants
Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek all report record visits, revenues in last two seasons
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.
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
Powdr’s Fast Tracks offers $49+ chance to skip the lift line at Copper Mountain, triggering a skier backlash
Even a U.S. senator is calling on Powdr to kill the program
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.”
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.
At the height of the ski pass war, Wolf Creek — with its $70 lift ticket — remains defiantly independent
It's a full on war between the Epic Pass and Ikon Pass