On February 22, 2012, Vail Resorts, Inc. announced they entered into an agreement to acquire [R201R, Kirkwood Mountain Resort] adding to their growing list of incredible ski resorts that includes [R169R, Heavenly Lake Tahoe] and [R299R, Northstar California] in Lake Tahoe and several other resorts across Colorado.

Vail Resorts is purchasing both the ski resort and the undeveloped sites at the center of the base area, which is zoned for residential and commercial development for approximately $18.0 million. The seller will continue to own the remainder of the real estate as well as have participation interest in parcels at the base area.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kirkwood into our family as our seventh world-class mountain resort. Kirkwood offers some of the most extraordinary ski terrain found anywhere in North America with high alpine trails and the most annual average snowfall in Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood represents skiing and riding at its purest, something we intend to retain and protect long into the future,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

The best part of the deal for pass-holders is Heavenly/Northstar passes now work at Kirkwood and Kirkwood passes work at Heavenly and Northstar. As of now, Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders have unrestricted access to Kirkwood. Tahoe Value Pass holders can ski Kirkwood everyday except Saturdays. Kirkwood pass holders who have Premium and 7 Wood passes have unlimited, unrestricted access to Heavenly and Northstar, and 6 Wood Pass holders can ski Heavenly and Northstar everyday except Saturdays. 5 Wood Passes will work at all three resorts Monday through Friday. 

Kirkwood will continue to sell Kirkwood-only season passes and Kirkwood-only daily lift tickets at prices that are comparable to what’s offered today. 

For more information on how to use your pass at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, click here.