>Vail Resorts might have interest, and the means, to buy Intrawest

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>VAIL, Colo. — With Intrawest Holdings set for auction in February, some ski industry analysts see reasons to suspect that Vail Resorts might have interest in the sale.

Intrawest’s Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, with a combined 8,000-plus skiable acres between the two mountains, lays claim as the largest ski area in North America, while Vail comes in as the second-largest ski area, with 5,289 skiable acres. That alone could mean Vail Resorts’ executives have their sights set on buying Intrawest Holdings, which has defaulted on a $524 million payment on its $1.4 billion loan — that is, if Vail Resorts has the kind of money for such a deal.

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