Bloomberg reported Monday that ski resorts across the country are confident that business will improve this season over last year, as skiers see the economy as improving. Hayley Wolff, and analyst at Rochdale Research was high on Vail Resorts:
Vail forecast in September that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization from its mountain operations and its lodging component would climb as much as 9.9 percent to $188 million for fiscal year 2010, ending July 31, from the prior year. Wolff rates Broomfield, Colorado-based Vail Resorts, which has climbed 38 percent this year, "buy."
Resorts throughout the state have offered special deals this season in order to lure locals and tourists to the slopes. Vail spokesman Andy Katz told the Denver Post on October 4 that the industry would be pulling out all the stops this season:
"We're in a difficult business right now, and we need to engage our guests in every way we can," Katz said. "Anybody who thinks improving the hamburger will save us from a down economy, well . . . But it sends a signal about what we're trying to do."
Below, see some of the best--and strangest--ski deals being offered by Colorado resorts this year: