thereby building loyalty from guests around the world. In 2008 Katz introduced the Epic Pass, reducing the cost of season passes and offering access to all the company’s areas on one pass. Epic now has several iterations, and offers a number of days at partner areas in France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan. In 2017, Vail Resorts sold 750,000 Epic Passes in 50 states and 104 countries. Asked about acquiring Okemo, Vice President, Corporate Communications Carol Fabrizio said, “Vail Resorts selects each of the resorts we acquire very carefully in order to meet our strategic objectives. The addition of Okemo’s family-oriented programs will offer our guests an entirely new and distinctive experience, particularly in New England. “Vail Resorts plans to invest $35 million over the next two years across Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte and Stevens Pass (a separate 2018 transaction) to continue to elevate the guest experience,” she added. Fabrizio also noted that the company would “review and learn more about the specific operations at each resort, listen to key stakeholders, and determine what will provide the greatest benefit to our guests. As with all of our mountain resorts, Vail Resorts’ goal will be to continue to provide the Experience of a Lifetime to skiers and snowboarders at Okemo, Mount Sunapee, and Crested Butte.” That bodes well for honoring and continuing the Muellers’ legacy at Okemo.  lives on under Vail Resorts ownership Mueller leg acy - continued from page 71 - TYGARTMOUNTAINSPORTS@GMAIL.COM WWW.TYGARTMOUNTAINSPORTS.COM Located in the Okemo Market Place Plaza, directly across from the Okemo Access Road 802.228.5440 Check out our website for a full list of services we offer! Stop in today and let us help set you up for your next adventure! ONLINE SKI/BOARD RENTALS The Okemo Area’s largest selection of winter sports and outdoor equipment in one place! > 802-228-1600 > page 73