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Vail Resorts Buys ORDA for $1.2B

VAIL, CO – April 1, 2104: Vail Resorts Management Corporation (VRMC), the ski management giant, announced today that it has purchased New York’s Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) from the state of New York for $1.2 billion dollars in cash.

The sale includes all land and assets for Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y., and Belleayre Ski Resort, in Highmount, N.Y.

This is a big deal for VRMC.  The three resorts combined deliver 7,000 vertical feet of skiing and riding on eight peaks, 886 acres, 33 glades and 227 trails. The SKI3 pass that allows skiers access to all three New York mountains will still be available next season.

According to an unnamed source at Vail Resorts, in addition to the three New York State mountains, pass holders will also be able to ski at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe. These acquisitions are part of a new strategy for Vail Resorts to drive season pass sales and build broader guest loyalty by purchasing premier east-coast ski areas located near major urban markets.

Robert Luegner, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts explained, “We will add the New York ski areas to our network of world-class resorts in Colorado, California and Nevada with new season pass offerings, providing the chance to experience the best skiing and riding both in the East and in the West.”

In addition to the three ski resorts, the purchase includes all other ORDA assets including the luge run and Mt Van Hovenburg. A top executive at the company, who asked to remain nameless, indicated that VRMC was in the skiing business, and all that other stuff “could provide solid family entertainment at office parties.”


Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA currently operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speed skating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. The Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

16 Responses on “Vail Resorts Buys ORDA for $1.2B

  1. Danzilla says:

    SWEET. I am gonna book my flights for VAIL for next season today. Cannot wait to use my pass out there. This is so frickin awesome!

  2. Horst says:

    A friend of mine works at Breckenridge and a few weeks ago, he said that Vail Resorts had a big announcement announcement coming up; I guess this is it?

    Good deal for NYS residents!

  3. Matt says:

    Ugh. April Fool’s is so tiring. Is there any escape from these dumb “pranks”?

  4. Greg Dennis says:

    I assume this “news” has something to do with the fact that it’s April 1.

  5. The hof says:

    April Fools?

  6. schutz says:

    this must have something to do with today’s date!

  7. Snowballs says:

    They only very slightly beat my bid. Actually, Aussie and I teamed up with hopes of a winning bid so we could close Belleayre.

  8. Benny profane says:

    That’s cool, but, I’m moving to Aspen, since I just won 23 million in the lottery. As soon as I get settled and fill the hot tub, everybody, and I mean everybody, is invited out next year. Except for Noah John. And his friends.

  9. TrojanMorse says:

    It’s no joke.

    It was part of the NYS Budget passed last night: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A8550&term=2013&Summary=Y&Text=Y

    See, it’s right there in plain English.

  10. coach z says:

    Harv Glad I could give the idea for this

  11. Doug says:

    Google shows no other report of this.

  12. Big D says:

    Vail Resorts killed the deal when they found out that Whiteface is the Windhold Capitol, that Gore is Flatspot Capitol and they came accross all the stuff Aussie has wrote about Belleayre.

  13. Mike says:

    I wonder if this means we’ll finally get some decent chili at Saddle?

  14. AdkDoug says:

    Hope they can find the resources to run a few more lifts during mid week and maybe even clean the lodges once in awhile.

  15. ml242 says:

    I heard parking by the gondola at Gore is going to be $25 but at Whiteface all parking is going to be free.

  16. Dysfunction Junction says:

    According to Vail’s president of mountain ops “we were missing an incredibly cold, exceptionally windy mountain with all man made snow in our portfolio. Whiteface was the final piece to that puzzle.

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