While Vail Resorts keeps talking about expanding their “global footprint,” many skiers would be surprised that Vail Resorts is not the world’s largest ski resort operator. In fact, Vail’s 12 ski resorts are pale in comparison to one competitor– Compagnie des Alpes.
Including capital shares, the Compagnie des Alpes has three more resorts than Vail and its amount of skiable terrain makes Vail’s offerings look busch league. Among their more notable offerings, Compagnie des Alpes’ ski areas include industry giants such as Chamonix, Val d’Isere, and Paradiski.
The resort operator also runs the largest ski area in the world– Les Trois Vallees.
Compagnie des Alpes – Les Trois Vallees
- 600 km of runs
- 183 ski lifts
- 424 ski patrollers
- 1,500 ski instructors
Vail Resorts’ largest ski area is Park City Mountain
Vail Resorts – Park City
- 7,300 acres
- 41 ski lifts
- 191 ski patrollers
Overall, Compagnie des Alpes generates over $775 million each year, which is surprisingly less than Vail Resort’s $1.1 billion net revenue reported in 2015. However, that difference can be attributed to a number of things including lift tickets at Vail’s flagship resorts Vail/Beaver Creek going for $175/day.
The most expensive lift pass under the Compagnie des Alpes umbrella ski is the Chamonix Unlimited Pass at $67/day (Offers 10 ski areas including Courmayeur in Italy, Verbier in Switzerland, and Saint Gervais/Megeve in France).
Compagnie des Alpes Ski Resorts
- La Plagne
- Les Arcs
- Les Deux Alpes
- Les Menuires
- Le Grand Massif
- Serre Chevalier
- Val d’Isère
- La Rosière
About Compagnie des Alpes
For more than 25 years, Compagnie des Alpes, a leading player in the European leisure industry, has operated the biggest ski resorts in the French Alps and Europe’s most distinctive leisure parks.
It is now exporting its unique know-how in design and contracting support services for mountain resorts, leisure parks and indoor leisure projects, creating exceptional leisure activities for everyone with a strong local and regional identity, and the aim of creating value for all.