No financials in the announcement and no changes in operation currently anticipated.
He said Australia is a major source of business for North American ski resorts.
That's an interesting development. Including Perisher in the epicpass mix is likely to prompt a change in destination for a lot of NSW skiers for the northern winter. Mind you, exchange rates also impact on people's decision making and Niseko (and other Japanese resorts) are big destinations.
In fact our skiing friends (Thredbo people for the most part) head in all sorts of directions. I know of one person from the office who took the family to Whistler in late January, but three others went to Japan (Myoko Kogen, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Furano and Niseko). Friends of ours went to Silver Star and Big White, while we headed to Europe with two other groups of friends - skiing a week with each across the fortnight of our trip.
Still, it'll be interesting to see the effect on people's decision making. I'll be curious to see how it might impact development in the Perisher Blue areas.
"World class"? Jeez! I'll have to get my buns over there one day for a proper look.
Definitely a matter of perspective.
For me, the destination options with MC are far superior to EPIC.
Yep, but the value proposition is different. You only get 2 free days at each resort (3 at one you designate). The EPIC pass breaks even at about 5 days, making the weeklong destination skier more of a target.
So, MCP for the ski addict willing to go to several destinations, EPIC for the destination skier. And with a bit of overlap to the ski addict.
I suspect that EPIC is outselling MCP by (at least) an order of magnitude.
Yep, it also benefits the local, but it also draws them in by providing destination resorts for them to visit. Particularly the midwest resorts. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if Vail acquired resorts in the east.
As of May 4, those Australians who want to travel to Whistler have another alternative to consider. Thredbo was added to the Mountain Collective Pass for the 2015-16 season.
Agree that the MCP makes more sense for someone who lives in North America than Australia. But depends on the bucket list. Know of a small group of Aussies who had a very good time driving around to MCP destinations the past season. Skied at Aspen, Alta/Snowbird, JH, Squaw/Alpine . . . mostly just two days each. Pretty extreme amount of driving for sure. But clearly the MCP was the incentive for the trip.
A clarification, only get 2 days per destination included with the MCP. There is a bonus 3rd day at one pre-selected destination for those who buy relatively early, usually before the summer. Additional days 50%, no black out dates. For those who live in the flatlands and do not have a big mountain season pass, the MCP can be tempting.
No question there are less costly ways to ski in the Rockies than the MCP. I know of plenty of folks in the southeast who don't consider flying anywhere but Denver. But if someone really wants to ski at Aspen or JH or Alta/Snowbird for a few days and can plan two ski trips (min 4 days skiing each), the MCP fits the bill. A parent who is going to take a family ski vacation to an MCP destination, plus an adults-only trip at another time, might find the $99/kid MCP a better choice. Different strokes for different folks.
There are some specific cases that make sense even with just a single trip though, if the place you were going to go anyway happens to be on the MCP.
For instance, if you were going to do 5 days at Aspen during peak season, and got 3 free days + 2 at 50% off with the MCP, you come out (a little) ahead compared to buying a regular 5 day lift ticket.
Saw this explanation of the purchase rationale:
As Ski Passes Go Global, Who's Chasing Winter?
"When Vail Resorts made the announcement earlier this spring about acquiring Perisher, CEO Rob Katz explained the rationale: 1 million Aussies travel abroad to ski. Vail Resorts hopes to cash in on that 1 million and up the numbers visiting the U.S. with the lure of the Epic Pass. For skiers from down under, the pass means unlimited free skiing at the 12 U.S. ski resorts next winter after the Perisher sale closes."