To say that Vail Resorts has big plans for the 2022-’23 ski season is a bit of an understatement. These plans are so big, the company decided to announce them ahead of the upcoming season, so we have even more to be stoked about: VR intends to build or replace a massive 19 chairlifts across 14 of its North American resorts by the start of next season.
The $325 million capital investments include 12 high-speed lifts, one gondola, and six fixed-grip chairs at resorts that span the East to the Left coasts. According to VR, the big push around lift infrastructure is aimed at increasing uphill capacity, decreasing lift lines, and, in some cases, such as the long-awaited expansion into Keystone’s Bergman Bowl, create even more lift-served terrain.
“Our teams have been hard at work identifying significant opportunities to improve the guest experience and have produced an initial list of exciting lift upgrades, a restaurant expansion and projects that expand access to incredible terrain for next season, with more to be announced,” said Vail Resorts chairman and chief executive officer Rob Katz. “At some of our mountains, this means new high-speed lifts that will double how fast we can move people out of the base areas, and at others, the projects are all about making it easier for people to explore different sections of the mountain.”
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Maybe all of this will go a ways toward assuaging pass holders’ worries about crowding—especially after VR peddled its Epic passes at a generous 20-percent discount for the coming season. Or maybe the company is giving some much-needed love to a handful of resort infrastructures that have been patiently waiting for updates. Perhaps it’s a little bit of both.