Yesterday, I was talking to a skier buddy of mine about how Deer Valley Resort might change out under new ownership. He thought Deer Valley brand was so strong that it couldn't be affected. I didn't see it quite the same way.
As a private-equity group, and in spite of what it announces to re-assure patrons of newly acquired resort, the affiliates of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company (KSL & Co) isn't putting its collection of resorts together without expecting to achieve large economies of scale, consolidate best practices throughout them and compete head-to-head with Vail Resorts.
If KSL & Co is to be a success down the road, expect to see some drastic changes affecting its entire grouping of new resorts, including of course, Deer Valley.