Kirkwood Mountain Resort announced this morning that it has agreed to be acquired by Vail Resorts and that effectively immediately, Kirkwood pass holders will be able to ski and ride Heavenly and Northstar while Heavenly and Northstar pass holders will have access to Kirkwood.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kirkwood into our family as our seventh world-class mountain resort. Kirkwood offers some of the most extraordinary ski terrain found anywhere in North America with high alpine trails and the most annual average snowfall in Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood represents skiing and riding at its purest, something we intend to retain and protect long into the future,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “When combined with Heavenly and Northstar, we will be able to offer our guests and pass holders unparalleled value with the very best that Lake Tahoe has to offer.”
Noted 10 year Kirkwood CEO David Likins, “It is a very exciting time for the entire Kirkwood Community including our employees, pass holders, guests and homewoners. Vail is a world class operator with the experience and resources to make Kirkwood into a premier destination for skiers and riders. They really seem to appreciate the unique culture that makes Kirkwood special and are committed to taking the experience to the next level while embracing the mountain assets that we all love. It’s an incredibly interesting opportunity for everyone.”
Kirkwood pass holders with the following passes will have access to Heavenly and Northstar: Premium Pass holders and 7 Wood Pass holders will have unlimited, unrestricted access to Heavenly and Northstar, while 6 Wood Pass holders will have access to Heavenly and Northstar six days a week, Sunday-Friday, with no holiday restrictions. 5 Wood Pass holders will have access to Heavenly and Northstar five days a week, Monday-Friday. Kirkwood Mid-Winter Pass holders will not have access to either Northstar or Heavenly but may be upgraded to other passes to receive those benefits. The Company also announced that it intends to retain a Kirkwood-only season pass and Kirkwood-only daily lift tickets, priced comparably to what’s offered today. For more details, visit www.bestoftahoe.com.