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Vail completes purchase of Crotched, Wildcat and Attitash ski areas in N.H.

  • Crotched Mountain's opening day Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Places like WIldcat Mountain in the northern part of the state will stay open throughout the month of April. Wildcat Mountain

  • Opening day at Crotched Mountain Ski and RIde in 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monitor staff
Published: 9/24/2019 1:08:40 PM

Vail Resorts has completed its purchase of Crotched Mountain Ski Area along with 16 other resorts, making it the largest operator of ski areas in New England. 

Shareholders for Peak Resorts, which owns Crotched, Wildcat and Attitash ski areas in New Hampshire, approved the sale of their company to Vail recently. The $264 million transaction was finalized this week.

Vail already runs  Sunapee Ski Area. In Vermont, it owns Okemo, Mt. Snow, and Stowe. 

The Peak Pass, which offers entry to all Peak Resort ski areas, will still work this upcoming winter but will not cover other ski areas owned by Vail Resorts. The Epic Pass and variants offered by Vail will include the Peak Resorts as well as some or all of Vail’s other resorts, depending on the level purchased.

Peak Resorts dates back to 1982 when Tim Boyd opened Hidden Valley ski area in Missouri. The company's first New England venture came in 2003 when it reopened Crotched Mountain.

Vail Resorts first entered New England in 2017 with the purchase of Stowe. In 2018 it took over operation of Sunapee under lease from the New Hampshire Department of Parks and Recreation.



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