The snow season is almost upon us, and with it Perisher‘s first full season as the only antipodean member of Vail Resorts. To celebrate the coming winter, Vail Resorts hosted an exclusive dinner at Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt’s Monopole in Potts Point, Sydney on Wednesday 25 May, allowing local media to meet Rob Katz, CEO & Chairman of Vail Resorts, Inc. and Peter Brulisauer, Chief Operating Officer of Perisher, and discover all that awaits in the coming 2016/2017 snow seasons.
Over a delicious spread of slow-cooked ocean trout with fennel, Rangers Valley brisket with celeriac, potato and mustard, and zucchini and mint salad, Rob Katz, Peter Brulisauer and Abby Hein, Senior Specialist of International Communication, Vail Resorts Management Company, shared what Australian skiers and riders can look forward to. The three main changes at Perisher include expansion of the PlayStation Leichardt Terrain Park, the leading park in Australia for intermediates and progression, creating more features in a space that will be approximately 20 per cent wider and longer; earthworks around Guthega’s Freedom Quad Chairlift (2014), opening up new terrain and improving access back to Blue Cow; and the launch of a new-look Dashboard, Perisher’s interactive platform, that will streamline tracking content in a user-friendly fashion. These combine with the new Tube Town Kiosk and investment in snowmaking to create an unforgettable season. The 2016 Epic Australia Pass is also new for this year, offering year-round skiing in the Best of the US and Australia for AU$899, locking in access to nine world-class mountain resorts in Colorado (Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Arapahoe Basin), Utah (Park City) and Lake Tahoe (Heavenly and Northstar in California and Kirkwood in Nevada) for the 2016-17 season, as well as unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Perisher for 2016. Monday 13 June is the last day guests can purchase Australia’s most valuable ski pass.
Rob was also delighted to share the news that Australia has been the best-performing international market for Vail Resorts in the US, despite the strong USD, with the biggest increase to the newly combined Park City, formed when Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort joined for the 2015/2016 season.
During his stay, Rob also announced the extension of the EpicPromise programme to the Perisher Ski Resort community and its employees. The programme is Vail Resorts’ year-round commitment to community support, environmental stewardship and employee engagement in giving US$8M annually in cash and product contributions to more than 250 nonprofit partners in the communities where the Company operates its resorts. The EpicPromise Foundation will also be offered to Perisher’s employees, supporting them during times of need through emergency financial assistance.