Kirkwood was purchased by Vail for $18 million. Of course, there are mixed reaction among Tahoe locals. There is no longer any argument that Tahoe is getting Coloradoized. None. Wether or not that is a good thing, we are yet to find out.
Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s Sierra Sun newpaper article by Adam Jensen:
The resort’s big lines and big snow totals are unique among the region’s mountains, and its acquisition will add “a totally different experience” to Vail’s portfolio in the area, said Blaise Carrig, co-president of Vail Resorts.
Online reactions to the announcement have been split, with some bemoaning the corporation’s purchase and saying Kirkwood will never be the same. The possibility of crowding at the resort is on the minds of some, while others said they think the change in ownership will bring much-needed improvements to the resort. Many wondered about specific pass and ticket options, and whether lift ticket prices will jump.
“I’ve got mixed emotions,” said professional skier Josh Daiek, who calls Kirkwood home. “I think there’s going to be some really good things that happen. But I’m also a little apprehensive about what’s going to happen to the core of Kirkwood.”
Daiek’s sister, professional snowboarder Rose Marie Daiek, had similar feelings about Wednesday’s announcement.
“I think Kirkwood needs a sugar daddy,” Rose Marie Daiek said. “But I love it for being kind of hoopty, kind of small. I hope it doesn’t blow up.
“I just really hope that the Kirkwood family that’s been working there for years and years is taken care of, that’s a big concern.”
Read the full article by the Sierra Sun’s By Adam Jensen here: