LO­CAL VIBE

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - CONTENT - STORY BY DAVID BURKE

This ‘n’ That … Whistler Style

In Au­gust 2016, U.S.-based Vail Re­sorts an­nounced a deal to pur­chase Whistler Black­comb (WB) for $1.4 bil­lion CAD. The deal, which closed in Oc­to­ber, makes North Amer­ica’s top-rated, year-round re­sort part of a much larger “fam­ily” that also in­cludes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck­en­ridge and Key­stone ski ar­eas in Colorado, as well as North­star at Lake Ta­hoe, Kirk­wood Moun­tain and Heav­enly Ski Re­sort near the Cal­i­for­nia-Ne­vada bor­der. When the deal was an­nounced, Vail Re­sorts of­fi­cials said the deal would have min­i­mal im­pact on the Whistler re­sort ex­pe­ri­ence and that the com­pany fully sup­ported WB’s Re­nais­sance project. An­nounced in April 2016, Re­nais­sance is to in­clude a four-sea­son, in­door ad­ven­ture cen­tre, on­moun­tain fa­cil­ity and sum­mer­time trail up­grades. For skiers and snow­board­ers, the great­est im­pact is WB passh­old­ers’ in­clu­sion in Vail Re­sorts’ “Epic Pass” pro­gram. For the 2016-’17 sea­son, WB full-sea­son tick­ethold­ers will re­ceive five com­pli­men­tary days at any of 13 U.S. moun­tain re­sorts this win­ter, while U.S.-based Epic Pass hold­ers are el­i­gi­ble for a re­cip­ro­cal five days of ski­ing in Whistler. The sea­son pass sit­u­a­tion for 2017-’18 and be­yond is to be an­nounced in March 2017. whistlerblack­comb.com

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