Friday, March 02, 2007

Copper Mountain/Winter Park owner buys Steamboat

According to the Denver Post and other papers, Intrawest Holdings, which owns Copper Mountain and 9 other ski resorts in North American, and manages Denver-owned Winter Park purchased o Steamboat Ski & Resort for $239.1 million Thursday.
This could be a big win for Colorado Skiers. Next year Interwest may offer a three mountain season pass similar to Vail Resort's pass, which is good at Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.
Currently, Interwest offers a pass good at Copper and Winter Park. The company's CEO David Barry said "We do believe that the combination of Copper, Winter Park and Steamboat is a great one," he said.
Especially since Steamboat, sitting way north of the other resorts, often has tons of powder when the central mountains are dry.
Steamboat saw 1.05 million skier visits last winter, making it the sixth-most-visited resort in the state, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.

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