Ski Resort Life

Vail Resorts Buys Wisconsin's Wilmot Mountain

The small ski area gives Vail more access to skiers and riders in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

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Vail Resorts announced that it swallowed up another Midwestern ski area, acquiring Wilmot Mountain, 65 miles north of Chicago.

”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,” Rob Katz, Vail Resorts’ chairman, says in a statement.

Wilmot is the third Midwest ski area that Vail Resorts bought in just more than three years. In 2012, the company acquired Afton Alps near Minneapolis and Mount Brighton near Detroit in hopes of expanding its footprint and enticing more skiers and riders to ski at its other resorts in the West.

While a timeframe was not disclosed for renovations, Vail plans to build new terrain parks, revamp Wilmot’s instruction program, expand its dining and entertainment options, and bolster the small ski area’s snowmaking and parking infrastructure.

Vail Resorts also announced that it’ll add Wilmot to the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass starting next season, connecting it with Vail’s two other Midwest resorts and eight resorts located throughout Colorado, Utah, and the Lake Tahoe area.

Wilmot Mountain, which has been owned by the same family since it opened in 1938, has 25 runs, 120 acres, a 230-foot vertical drop and, being the closest slopes to the Windy City, a long legacy of teaching Chicago kids how to ski and ride.