Vail Resorts announced today that it has entered into a long term lease to assume all of the resort operations of Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
Vail lost out to Talisker a few years back in the bidding to purchase the resort, but is now coming back to take over the operations. Talisker Corporation has retained all of the development rights. In the original battle between Vail and Talisker for the purchase, Talisker’s lack of ski mountain operations background was a point of contention. In today’s press release Vail commended the work Talisker had done with $75M in improvements and other moves that had raised Canyons into the top ten ski resorts in North America as rated by the readers of Ski Magazine.
The website home page of Canyons Resort announces that “Utah is now Epic”. This refers to Canyons Resort being included as part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass which offers skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood all for $689 (20% below the price of a Canyons Resort pass last year).
The press release states that the companies agreed to a fifty year lease with six fifty year options to renew at a price of $25 Million per year plus a yearly increase and portion of EBITDA.
The agreement also includes the land which Talisker currently leases to Park City Mountain Resort. The leased land is mentioned as potential lease without additional consideration. The litigation between Talisker and Park City Mountain Resort is ongoing. The chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts is quoted as saying he hopes “Vail Resorts can play a constructive role in helping to arrive at a solution that offers the best outcome for guests of both resorts”. Great news for skiers and snowboarders at Canyons and Park City, but a questionable phrase for Powder Corp (Owner of Park City Mountain Resort).
Park City as a whole should only benefit from what Vail Resorts brings in terms of marketing and resort operation expertise.