Epic pass now cov­ers Whistler

Travel Bulletin - - ISUES & TRENDS -

Vail Re­sorts con­tin­ued its re­lent­less global ex­pan­sion last month when it fi­nalised the ac­qui­si­tion of the mas­sive Whistler Black­comb ski re­sort in Canada. Sig­nif­i­cantly for Aus­tralian skiers, the move means sea­son passes pur­chased for Per­isher in the NSW ski­fields can also now be used at Whistler, with a “sneak pre­view” five days of ac­cess pro­vided for hold­ers of the 2016 Epic Aus­tralia pass. This could be a key op­por­tu­nity for travel agents, be­cause with Whistler one of the most pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional snows­ports des­ti­na­tion for Aussies the abil­ity to ski free could def­i­nitely put a Cana­dian ski hol­i­day on the agenda for the up­com­ing north­ern win­ter. As well as splash­ing the cash on the Whistler deal, Vail Re­sorts ceo Rob Katz and his wife Elaana also last month reached into their own pock­ets to make a US$2 mil­lion per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal com­mu­nity non-profit groups op­er­at­ing in the ar­eas where Vail has re­sorts. The largesse ex­tended to Cooma in NSW, where they pro­vided A$100,000 to the Monaro Early In­ter­ven­tion Ser­vice, which helps chil­dren in the re­gion who have a dis­abil­ity of de­vel­op­men­tal de­lay. “The suc­cess of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties brings a num­ber of unique chal­lenges that re­quire our fo­cus and at­ten­tion – none more im­por­tant than help­ing kids and fam­i­lies who are most vul­ner­a­ble. Elana and I feel for­tu­nate to be able to pro­vide this sup­port to these out­stand­ing non-profits to al­low them to con­tinue their great work,” Katz said.

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