Sunday, December 16, 2012

What is Vail Resorts and does it affect skibiking?

There's been some confusion lately about skibikes and Vail Resorts.   Vail Resorts means much more than Vail Ski Resort along Interstate 70.  Vail Resorts actually owns four ski resorts in Colorado - Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Keystone.  They are heavily intertwined.

Vail Resorts has a number of ski passes that allow skiers, snowboarders, and skibikers to access all four ski areas and Arapahoe Basin all using one pass.

Popular Vail Resorts passes include the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, Summit Value Pass, Epic 7-Day Pass, and the Keystone 4-Pack.  The main difference between the passes are the blackout dates.  The less expensive passes have more blackout days during high season.  The Epic Pass has no blackout dates and is valid at any Vail Resorts ski area.

As Vail Resorts expands and buys new ski resorts, they are inheriting a variety of legacy rules and regulations.  This includes skibike rules and regulations.

Change is as certain as death and taxes in the ski industry.  If you've gotten used to a favorite ski resorts rules and regulations, don't be surprised if a few of them are changed.

Change can happen from a variety of factors.  Insurance is going to be a driving factor in many instances.  Change can also be fueled by incidents that happen during the ski season.

The sport is new to many Vail Resorts within Colorado.  They are not new to other Colorado ski resorts.  One thing is certain is that Colorado ski resort risk managers do communicate with each other as well as  resort CEO's.

I suspect that the incidents that happened at Copper Mountain, A-Basin, and Powder Mountain in Utah  have gotten around.   The new rules that Vail Resorts staff have been distributing seem to reflect this.

Changes in Vail Resorts overall rules and regulations will be hard to accept, especially ones that have been around awhile. Rather that getting emotional and lashing out, try to swallow your pride and deal with it. Once the insurance industry understands skibikes, things could change back.

Peace out and have a great season.  The weather patterns are looking really nice for the upcoming week.

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