PARK CITY, UT – The Vail Resorts Epic Pass, currently offers unlimited mountain access to resorts in Colorado, California, Europe and the newest addition the Canyons in Park City, Utah for only $689. And the list may be getting larger as earlier this week Vail Resorts sent an eviction letter to Park City Mountain Resort. Does Vail Resorts Now Own Park City Mountain Resort the big question arises..
Statement from Vail Resorts:
“As we have previously stated, under the terms of our agreement with Talisker in connection with our lease of the Canyons, we have assumed oversight of the litigation between Talisker Land Holdings LLC and Park City Mountain Resort. We have an obligation to protect and preserve Talisker’s and our interest in this matter. We are concerned with the behavior that Park City Mountain Resort has demonstrated in this situation. Talisker issued Park City Mountain Resort the Notice to Quit as a necessary legal step to bring this issue to the Court and we anticipate that there will be a number of actions required to bring this dispute to closure. With that said, there is no intent by Talisker to take any action that would prevent PCMR’s ability to operate their resort during the upcoming 2013-2014 ski season. We are very cognizant of the importance of this situation to the entire Park City community and we look forward to bringing this situation and its uncertainty to a conclusion.”
Does Vail Resorts really need to get any bigger? Could this be why Vail Resorts bought land at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this summer? Is the company focused on quality ski days, real-estate development or are they just interested in taking over the ski industry in North America and beyond?
We tried contacting Park City Mountain Resort’s Communication Manager Andy Miller, however we received an out of office reply. The following is an official statement released from PCMR.
Park City Mountain Resort Statement:
“This week, we received an eviction notice from Vail Resorts. If you ask us, this is nothing more than an attempt to avoid the litigation, already in process – and interfere with our 50th anniversary preparation as guests start turning their attention to where they’ll be buying their passes this winter.
Let’s be clear about a few things. One, we’re completely confident in the merits of our case. Two, we’re not giving into this bullying by Vail. Three, we’ve been here for 50 years and look forward to operating this season, the next 50 seasons, and 50 more after that. We’re not going anywhere, and as you read this we’re planning a full calendar of events, competitions and fun for this winter (and plenty of snow).
That said, we understand there’s still some confusion and uncertainty out there. So just like last season, your 2013-14 PCMR season pass is fully guaranteed: in the unlikely event we have to shut down for all or part of the winter, you get the appropriate refund. No questions asked. And no restrictions.
This is going to be a long process with lots of turns . Hang in there with us, and we’ll continue to keep you updated as it proceeds.
Now that we’ve gotten that off our chest, let’s all get ready for a historic Golden Anniversary season!”
Lets just hope that Vail Resorts has never heard of a place called Mt Baker.