In what can only be described as a shock that dominates the skiing landscape, a mutually beneficial buy out of Whistler Blackcomb stock is about to occur from Vail Resorts.
I’m no expert in company acquisitions, but this is a big deal.
Firstly… your Mountain Collective pass is a good deal. Already though, the Vail Epic Pass is an unbelievable deal. Roll a Whistler Blackcomb season pass into it and O.M.G!
Talk about incredible value.
This is huge. The two most influential players in the ski industry are now one. Good luck everyone else.
Ok, so let’s look at the Pro’s and Con’s.
For Aussies who are already pinching themselves with their Perisher pass giving them international tickets as well, this is a huge deal as Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most popular overseas ski destinations for Australians. Some would argue that WB is already over-run with Aussies and no doubt this will only get more out of control!
Think about it. If you are an Australian with a Perisher Epic Pass, from next season (or the season after depending on the change over), you now can ski for free in WB. Meanwhile, if you generally buy another season pass in Australia, but spend time at WB, surely you would consider changing your local hill to Perisher as it will save you probably $1000 or so. If you are a family, $4000 in the pocket just by skiing Perisher and Whistler Blackcomb is a lot of loose change to spend on activities on your vacation.
And remember, if Vail has your season pass loyalty, you need to do things like stay, eat and play as well. Where are you going to spend those dollars. It’s a huge deal, like I said.
But what do you think? A good deal or otherwise? It’s obvious I think this is a great deal for everyone, but what about you?