Vail Resorts announced plans to expand into the Southern Hemisphere this February by adding Falls Creek and Hotham ski resorts in Victoria, Australia to the Epic Pass and Epic Australia Pass starting in the 2018-2019 ski season. Vail plans to purchase the two resorts from a subsidiary of Merlin Entertainments for approximately AU$174 million. 

 

At the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show this year the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), Snowsports Industries America (SIA) and the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), announced the formation of a new partnership aimed at taking meaningful action on climate change. The Outdoor Business Climate Partnership is the first broad collaboration among trade groups.

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