A company affiliated with Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital Partners completed the purchases Monday, July 31, of Intrawest Resort Holdings and Mammoth Resorts.
Former Aspen Skiing Co. executive David Perry was named president and chief operating officer of the new ski industry giant, which will oversee 12 resorts that combined for about 6 million skier visits last season.
Aspen Skiing Co. will remain separately owned by the Crown family of Chicago.
The Crowns’ firm, Henry Crown and Co., is a minority investor in the new joint venture that acquired the holdings of Intrawest and Mammoth. KSL, the majority investor, is a private equity firm that specializes in travel and leisure enterprises. It already owned Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and folded them into the new company.
Perry said the new company won’t be officially named for a couple of more months, but the name and branding will start prior to the 2017-18 ski season.
Skico officials have repeatedly said there will not be an opportunity this season to offer any new, consolidated ski pass among the affiliated resorts. They are locked into prior commitments, and there wasn’t enough time to market new products. Aspen’s season pass prices will be released last this month.
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Perry said he is working with the new firm’s interim CEO, Bryan Traficanti, to select the senior executives. They are creating a position of vice president of sustainability and energy, which will work with the resorts on environmental issues.
Thomas Marano resigned as Intrawest’s CEO upon the closing of the deal. A search is underway for the new CEO. In addition, Intrawest went from a publicly traded…
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