Vail Resorts Expands Into Midwest | Buys Wilmot Mountain Outside Chicago

Vail Resorts Expands Into Midwest | Buys Wilmot Mountain Outside Chicago


Vail Resorts Expands Into Midwest | Buys Wilmot Mountain Outside Chicago


Although many wouldn’t describe Wilmot Mountain’s terrain as EPIC, the ‘urban’ resort located between Chicago and Milwaukee is about to be included on Vail’s EPIC Pass– and in the end, isn’t EPIC a relative term? 

Today, Vail Resorts announced that they would be acquiring Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort, making it their third urban ski resort to grace their prolific portfolio. The press release indicates that the multi-million dollar resort group plans to “transform both the on-mountain and base area experience.” 

Those transformations will include a revamped racing program, improved snow making, developed terrain parks, as well as renovated dining options for Wilmot skiers. The cost of the acquisition has not been released.

CEO and chairman, Rob Katz had this to say concerning the acquisition:

“We are thrilled to welcome Wilmot Mountain to the Vail Resorts family. Wilmot is steeped in skiing tradition and enjoys tremendous brand recognition among Chicago and Milwaukee skiers and snowboarders, thanks to the passion and dedication of the Stopa family over the last 75 years. We plan to offer our Chicago and Milwaukee guests new season pass offerings that will provide the chance to experience the best skiing and snowboarding locally and in the West and will use our best-in-class technology to create more sophisticated channels of communication with everyone who skis at Wilmot. We also plan to bring the same state-of-the-art lifts, snowmaking, lodges, racing, terrain parks, coaching and technology to the guest experience at Wilmot Mountain, much like we have done at Mt. Brighton and Afton Alps, all while honoring the important legacy of the ski area,”

The midwestern ski area will be included on both EPIC and EPIC Local passes for the 2016/2017 ski season.

Mountain Stats

Vertical Drop- 230 feet

Annual Snowfall- 70″

Skiable Terrain- 120 acres

Lifts- 8

Trails- 25

Night Skiing- Yes

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