Vail Resorts does many things well, like when they create more infrastructure for their ski resorts. The demand for faster rides, more skiable terrain and snowmaking machines have all been on the radar for resorts across the globe.
And as the years pass, many are also determined to make improvements preserving the integrity of the mountain. For the 2019-2020 ski season, the company plans on once again raising the bar. They have their sights on investing millions more for each of their 18 resorts. This feat is quite an accomplishment, considering how they’ve already made considerable changes over the last decade.
It just goes to show the dedication that Vail Resorts has to provide the best guest experience for everyone. Here’s what guests can expect and how these improvements will affect ski seasons in the future.
Big Plans Are Happening
The next round of investments that Vail Resorts plan on spending will be between $175-$180 million. The funds will affect all 18 ski areas that they own or manage. The decision to bring more elevated skiing adventures marks total investments at more than $1.2 billion since 2009.
Every dollar of this new investment will go towards making your visit more convenient and simplify certain processes. For instance, skiers and snowboarders will notice newly improved ticket-buying experiences at resorts in the U.S. Everyone who purchases tickets in advance don’t have to wait in line at the ticket window. Instead, they can get lift tickets from agents at base-area lifts.
Snowmaking technology at resorts like Keystone, Vail Mountain, and Beaver Creek will also be upgraded. The equipment will be more energy-efficient but is still pending approval from the U.S. Forest Service. Once approved, it will help improve conditions early in the season and create more consistent open dates.
Are There More Changes?
You bet there are! The 2019-2020 ski season looks promising from a lot of angles, especially for Beaver Creek. The resort, which is a local favorite in Colorado will get a massive renovation overhaul concerning their Children’s Ski School. Slopeside guest-services will also be included at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8 base. Guests will be able to enjoy even more support without having to go to the base of the mountain.
Resorts in Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Australia will be underway as well. And it might just give you an excuse to make a little trip to that last resort since it’s part of the Epic Pass!
Building A Path To Success
Vail Resorts is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with all the changes they’ve been making. It’s going to be intriguing to watch as they head full speed towards the future and how they’ll continue to redefine their industry.
One of their most ambitious plans to watch out for is their race to become more eco-friendly. The company has drawn “blueprints” to buy into a wind farm in Nebraska. This effort will be part of a larger plan to have zero net admissions by 2030. It’s a bold move but one that is very much needed. Other resorts are making similar changes, but Vail Resorts is turning it up a notch to shift the landscape further than it has in the past.
It will be interesting to see how these plans unfold and how they impact their resorts in a positive way. They’re ready to make big things happen and the ski industry is ready to see how it all plays out.