Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts CEO  Rob Katz will step aside November 1st and Kirsten Lynch, the Company’s chief marketing officer for the last decade, will be appointed chief executive officer and elected to the company’s board of directors. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Katz has served as CEO since 2006 and will take a role as executive chairperson of the board.

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  More than 200 avalanche fences are slated to go in above two homes in the Colony. Vail Resorts obtained permission to build the fences through a low impact permit that didn’t require the project to go through the public review process. 

The avalanche fencing was approved for a low impact permit about 10 months ago by the Summit County Community Development Deptartment. The paneled fences will be about 10-15 feet tall and wide and would act as a barrier to protect a driveway and two houses from avalanches. 

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After a year of social distancing, ski reservations and sack lunches, Vail Resorts is planning to bring even more people to its resorts, announcing Wednesday morning that, effective immediately, it is reducing the prices for all passes next winter by 20% with the “Epic for Everyone” program.


In addition, the company is launching its new version of Epic Day passes, starting at $67 for a single-day pass. The Epic Mountain Rewards program will continue to offer pass holders 20% off their dining, lodging, lessons, and rentals. 


Vail Resort, parent company to Park City Mountain Resort has made a lot of changes this season to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Those include mandatory masks on the mountain and limited capacity to allow for social distancing.

In an email, sent to all pass holders, Vail Resorts CEO Robert Katz acknowledged that despite their best efforts to navigate COVID-19 concerns, the resort “fell short.”

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With less than two months to opening day at Park City Mountain Resort, Vail Resorts, the parent company of the local resort announced  this week what it says is the final step of a restructuring of its marketing reorganization. 

The move has cut resort marketing teams across the company’s 34 North American resorts.  Five roles at Park City Mountain were impacted, but for privacy reasons, the resort would not share specifics on individual employees.  Resort spokeswoman Jessica Miller gave KPCW this statement from the corporate office:

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Park City Mountain Resort’s parent company took a big step in its goal to reach 100% renewable electricity usage by 2030.  

Vail Resorts announced Wednesday morning that the Plum Creek Wind Project, based in Nebraska has gone online. Vail has agreed to purchase 310,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually from the project, which will address more than 90% of the company's current electric usage in its North American resorts. 


COVID-19 cut the 2019-2020 ski season short by about a month and "significantly impacted" Vail Resorts' third quarter earnings, according to the ski company.  Thursday, CEO Rob Katz told investors the company lost $140 million in the first four months of 2020. Net income was $152 million, down from $292 million the year before.

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In an effort to honor the loyalty of its pass holders – and perhaps stave off a class action lawsuit filed against them, Vail Resorts announced a comprehensive plan Monday morning to address pass holders’ concerns about last season’s early closures.


In response to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mountain resort communities, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elena Amsterdam are donating $2.5 million to employees and the towns where Vail operates. The Park City Community Foundation will receive $200,000 which will provide emergency assistance to those most in need.

  Vail Resorts announced today that all of its North American resorts and retail stores will remain closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season amidst the continued challenges associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision follows the Company’s previously announced closure of its resorts from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 22.

In a release Vail stated their top priority was the health and wellbeing of their guests and employees, and to the communities where they operate. 

The mountain company, which owns Park City Mountain Resort, announced that they will suspend all operations of their North American resorts and retail stores beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday March 22. During that time the company will reassess their approach for the rest of the season.

UPDATE: Vail will close North American resorts starting Sunday March 15 through Sunday March 22.

On Friday evening, in a news release titled "COVID-19 Update: Vail Resorts Takes Action to Encourage Social Distancing," the resort company announced its North American resorts would remain open, and they were taking the following steps to slow the spread of COVID-19:

-Resorts will not serve hot food, but will have pre-packaged food available.  

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This week, the application to develop that parking lots at the base of Park City Mountain Resort was filed with the Park City Planning Department.   The plans have been in the works for more than two decades…

Wasatch And Summit County SOS Outreach


About 400 kids from Wasatch and Summit Counties participate in a winter program that offers underserved youth a chance to learn to ski and snowboard.

Vail Resorts was one of the original founders 25 years ago.

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KPCW was one of 36 local nonprofit organizations that received a community grant from the annual EpicPromise Foundation Wednesday night.

Every year, Vail Resorts hands out more than $9.4 million in cash and in-kind support to more than 250 nonprofit partners in the mountain communities in which they do business.

Locally, the grants and contributions focus on youth programs and environmental initiatives that impact the Summit and Wasatch County communities.