Vail Resorts Reports Certain Ski Season Metrics for the Season-to-Date Period Ended April 14, 2013

Apr 22, 2013, 09:00 ET from Vail Resorts, Inc.

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:   MTN) today reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through April 14, 2013, and for the prior year period through April 15, 2012, adjusted as if Kirkwood, which was acquired in April 2012, was owned in both periods.  The reported ski season metrics do not incorporate the recently acquired urban ski areas of Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton.  The data mentioned in this release is interim period data and subject to fiscal quarter end review and adjustment.


  • Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at the Company's seven mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, increased approximately 10.2% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
  • Season-to-date ancillary spending continued to outpace our growth in skier visitation, with dining revenue up 13.1% and ski school revenue up 11.6% at the Company's seven mountain resorts, and retail/rental revenue up 8.9% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
  • Season-to-date total skier visits for the Company's seven mountain resorts increased 5.5% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.

Commenting on the ski season to date, Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer, said, "As the 2012-2013 ski season comes to a close, we are very pleased with the strong results this season.  The growth in skier visitation continued to accelerate through Spring Break and the Easter holiday which contributed to our double-digit growth in lift ticket, dining and ski school revenues compared to the same period last year, offset by somewhat slower momentum at our Tahoe resorts and our retail business.  The overall growth in our metrics reflects our exceptional guest service and the world-class amenities and activities of our resorts combining to create a unique winter vacation experience."  

Discussing spring season pass sales results, Katz continued, "I am pleased to report that our spring season pass sales for the 2013-2014 ski season are off to a strong start, showing good momentum over last spring's record results for the program.  This early momentum highlights the compelling value of our pass product offering and our guests' continued loyalty to the unsurpassed experiences at our resorts."

The table below highlights our season-to-date metrics compared to the prior year.

Season-to-Date Ski Season Metrics (1)

(% Change from Prior Year Period)


4/14/13 vs. 4/15/12

Dining Revenue


Ski School Revenue


Retail/Rental Revenue


Total Lift Ticket Revenue


Total Skier Visits


(1) Adjusted as if Kirkwood was owned in both periods and

 excludes Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton from both periods.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
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; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

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