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One of the things MTN is trying to do is balance that seasonal gap. They are doing this by expanding opportunities for recreation during the summer...hiking, camping, sight seeing, golf, etc...

My wife and I have spent time in the Alps during the summer hiking - it was the most enjoyable experience I have had. We paid big $$ to get hauled up on the lifts to the top of ridges where we would walk for hours. Take the lift back down, have some dinner, do some shopping, stay in a nice B&B. We weren't the only ones - these places were all packed.

In Vail, and in other ski resort towns, the entire town is owned and run by the resort. In other words, the costs of the lifts are marginal compared to the costs of the buildings and infrastructure. Fill up the town and the summer/winter income gap closes considerably.

Like I said, I was impressed with their approach.


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