Following a dismal snow season, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Vail is making an effort to bolster its off-season business. Across Colorado, the 2011-2012 ski season was lackluster, with low snowpack and sluggish tourism. The snow conditions had such a negative impact on the ski business that, in March of this year, Vail was accused of over-exaggerating its snow reporting in order to encourage and salvage skier activity.
While the summer activities would be a major change for Vail’s operations, here in Durango, Durango Mountain Resort already offers a slew of summer fun. Many of the activities that Vail is considering are already established and available at DMR.
However, what will be interesting to see is how Vail executes its plan and what impact it will have on off-season revenue. For many other Colorado ski areas that don’t already have summer programming, Vail’s program may act as a roadmap to expand their revenue base.