Actually, a whole lot. EPIC Pass, for sure. Great benefits package for employees is somewhat innovative, since many resorts are not giving full time employees these benefits.. Community gifting is not innovative, but bigger with Vail. Some say they are buying votes or loyalty, but the money goes a long way to helping local organizations (they dropped $500k in Park City recently). The cloud seeding in Vail is innovative, since it isn't seen elsewhere. A better management system for the resorts they take over could be seen as innovative, since not all resorts are run with competent management who put modern systems and procedures in place (e.g., PCMR losing a lease in the desk drawer of a departed executive). Better on mountain services utilizing technology is innovative, as is using technology to increase the skiing experience. For example, EPIC Pass holders can download as many photos as they want taken of them on the mountain for a set price, their runs are all recorded so they know how much verticle was skied each day, etc. Some say the racing program in Vail is highly innovative. Promoting green energy is certainly innovative, as Vail is a leader. The three segments of mountain, lodging and real estate all are run in a way that is innovative to some extent to other mountains in the industry.
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