Here is something I think is humorous, if not downright funny....
Do any of those people who want to compare Vail Resorts with KSL even have an idea who KSL is?
Let's start with the names- Henry Kravis, Mike Shannon, and Larry Lichliter.
Hmmm... could these people be the same Mike Shannon, former President of Vail Associates under George Gillette, or Larry Lichliter, former VP of Vail Mtn Operations, also under George Gillette? And of course, Henry Kravis was a partner in Bear Stearns, who was a major funding source for George Gillette to purchase Vail back in 1985.
So, any chance there may still be a connection? I'll let you draw your own conclusions on that...
But then there is Booth Creek, previous owners of Northstar. How about these names... George Gillette (yes, the same former owner of Vail), Chris Ryman (yes, the same former VP of Operations for Vail), and several others, formerly of Vail Associates/Vail Resorts.
Does anyone not understand the background connections that exist within the ski industry?
So, I guess I find it amusing that most people do not understand that a great number of major resorts in North America have all been under the control of but a few individuals for quite some time!
BTW- be on the lookout for another announcement from Vail Resorts in the not-to-distant future..... VR is currently looking to expand internationally!