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first_imgFamily fun in the sun © Mike Crane Photography/Whistler BlackcombGo back to the e-newsletterVail Resorts continues to grow with the announcement on 8 August that the ski resort management company has agreed to a strategic combination with Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski area in Canada and North America, acquiring 100 per cent of the stock of Whistler Blackcomb. Abby Hein, Senior Specialist of International Communications, revealed Vail Resorts’ excitement at an intimate mid-ski season media gathering at Dead Ringer Restaurant & Bar in Sydney’s Surry Hills. LATTE was among the snow-lovers to brave the downpour on Wednesday night to enjoy ‘sips and apps’ (drinks and canapés) with Abby, taking home a maple-flavoured doughnut in celebration of the impending agreement with Australia’s favourite Canadian resort.As well as the news from Whistler Blackcomb, Abby also announced that the 2017 Epic Australia Pass is now on sale, offering flexibility and year-round for Australians, starting from AU$759 for adults, AU$429 for students and AU$499 for seniors. As well as season-long access to Perisher, pass-holders can enjoy skiing the 2017/2018 season in Colorado (Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and 10 days at Vail and/or Beaver Creek combined), Utah (Park City), and the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada (Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood) (holiday restrictions apply), as well as Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada, pending completion of the current transaction. Australians can lock in the current early-bird pricing with an AU$49 down payment, with the remaining balance due in June 2017.Abby also described some of the in-resort changes that will be happening across Vail Resorts’ 10-strong 2016/17 portfolio, highlighting the company’s preference to listen to its guests and reinvest in upgrading each of its resorts. This year marks US$600 million being invested back into resort improvements over the last six years, including a new four-passenger chairlift on Vail Mountain. Sun Up Express is a primary lift on the mountain’s back bowls, and the new lift will reduce wait times and the ride time from 8.2 minutes to 3.9. Over at Breckenridge, the Peak 7 area will get a new 490-seat restaurant, bringing dining options to this part of the mountain for the first time. Fresh options, like made-to-order salads and a Mediterranean station, are set to complement the dramatic views of Summit County. At Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge, A RockResort will undergo a significant renovation of its 60 rooms, keeping the unique European charm the hotel is known for while upgrading comfort, technology and the guest experience.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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