This just in, Stevens Pass will officially be joining Vail Resorts’ EPIC pass.
“Today, I am excited to share that Stevens Pass has officially joined Vail Resorts, becoming our first resort in Washington State. The addition of Stevens Pass, when combined with Whistler Blackcomb, provides our Pacific Northwest pass holders and guests an enhanced and differentiated Experience of a Lifetime.
Today’s acquisition closure on Stevens Pass is the first of two acquisitions announced this June to be finalized. In the second, separate transaction, we announced an agreement to purchase Triple Peaks, LLC, the parent company of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado. We are expecting to close on this transaction in the late summer or early fall.
We are also announcing that Bill Bourton will be leaving his role as the General Manager of Stevens Pass effective today. Bill has been at Stevens Pass since 2005 and I want to thank him for his unwavering support during the transition and the significant contribution to the success of Stevens Pass over the past 13 years. Our intent is to fill the GM role internally with a Vail Resorts leader who will assume operational oversight of the resort and manage the integration of Stevens Pass into our Company. The search for this leader will begin immediately and we expect a decision in the near future. In the interim, Blaise Carrig, Vail Resorts Mountain Division Senior Advisor, will provide leadership to the resort.
From an operations perspective, Stevens Pass will remain business-as-usual for the remainder of the summer season. There are, however, a number of integration activities that will be taking place immediately and continuing over the coming weeks and months leading up to the winter season. Assuming those planned activities are completed on time, all Vail Resorts employees will have access to Stevens Pass for the upcoming winter season. Work will continue into 2019 on the remaining integration activities and will not impact the ongoing integration activities at Stowe and Whistler Blackcomb.
I hope you will all join me in welcoming Stevens Pass to Vail Resorts. I look forward to working together to create the Experience of a Lifetime for our guests and each other as one team.”
Vail Resort’s Chief Executive Officer