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Photo via bike.whistlerblackcomb.com

Photo via bike.whistlerblackcomb.com

Vail Resorts has acquired yet another internationally-renowned ski resort: Whistler-Blackcomb. In a $1.1 billion (US) deal, expected to close this fall, Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort (and yes, the mountain biking mecca Whistler Bike Park) will join the megalithic Vail Resorts conglomerate.

According to USA Today, “As part of the deal. . .Vail Resorts would acquire 100 percent of the stock of Whistler Blackcomb. In return, Whistler Blackcomb shareholders would receive C$17.50 per share in cash and 0.0975 shares of Vail Resorts common stock, for a total value of $27.38 per share or C$36.00.”

“Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb’s chief executive officer, said that Vail has ‘a track record and ultimately a commitment to reinvest more in the resort,'” according to Teton Gravity Research.

While hopefully we’ll see only good things from the Whistler Bike Park in the coming years, it’s difficult to be optimistic if you’ve ever ridden some of spectacularly-mediocre trails in the Vail bike park. However, Brownlie, Whistler’s CEO, “will continue on as the resort’s chief operating officer,” according to USA Today. Hopefully he can continue to maintain the incredible mountain biking reputation that Whistler has rightfully earned.

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  • John Fisch

    Vail Mountain is but one of the many such venues owned by Vail Resorts, so I wouldn’t let the relative weakness of their bike park concern anyone with regard to Whistler. Consider that Vail Resorts also owns and operates Keystone Mountain, which is generally considered to have the raddest downhilling of any of the large Colorado resorts. Trestle at Winter Park may be more popular with some, but if you’re looking for the opportunity to go big and take risks, Keystone (which, ironically is relatively lame on the ski continuum) is the place to do it. Of course, Whistler has the biggest rep of all among downhilling resorts — I suspect that is well known to top execs at Vail and may even have played a part in their decision to acquire Whistler, so I don’t think they’l tinker with that success.

    • Jeff Barber

      Vail also owns Northstar at Lake Tahoe which has a pretty rad DH selection.

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