I am glad to learn that Vail Resorts offers generous benefits package to some of their employees, kudos to them for that. My point is simply this: it is not automatic improvement when large corporation takes over some resort. From purely consumer point of view (skiers) improvements are noticeable and immediate, either through reduced pass price and/or improvements to facilities and services. But I also tend to see ski resorts as a place of employment for many people, and although Vail Resorts do provide jobs to local community, those jobs are often part-time (seasonal) and with limited access to Health Care benefits. Often times, new owner wants "fresh start" and initially people are laid off. Sometimes acquisition of smaller areas also bring improvement to wages and benefits and work conditions in general. And most of those jobs are low-paid, people have to work multiple jobs to support families. Of course, there are some good paying jobs as well.
Now, some of you insiders please explain this to me and I am honestly looking for answer to this: all those "lifties" from South America, Europe, are they getting any of those health benefits, are they getting 401k? If yes, with unemployment being where it is, why are people staying away from those great jobs? Nevada has highest unemployment in the country, and yet large employer up the hill has to bring seasonal workers from South America? I am serious here, it really baffles me.
IMHO, every employee of ski resort, regardless of position should make good "living wage" (at least $15 hourly)with full benefits, 4 weeks paid vacation,
PTO, pet benefits etc. Just raise the price of real estate to cover those costs.
And it would be great if Vail Resorts buys up all of North America resorts and we can ski "Epic North America Pass" for $600 !!!