Snowboarders ride the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort Sunday, March 2, 2003. The lift is one of three high-speed quad lifts at the ski area. At the bottom of the Paradise lift lies the Paradise Warming House where skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a warm meal or bask in the Colorado sun. Photo by Christian Murdock
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In this Gazette file photo, snowboarders ride the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. (Photo by Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

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Vail Resorts will acquire Crested Butte Mountain Resort and three other ski areas, the company announced Monday.

In the biggest deal, set to close this summer, the company will buy Triple Peaks from the Mueller family for $82 million.

Triple Peaks operates Crested Butte Mountain Resort as well as the Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire.

The Muellers bought Okemo Mountain Resort in their home state of Vermont in 1982, then went on to acquire Mount Sunapee in 1998 and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in 2004.

About 400,000 people visit Crested Butte every year, enjoying 300 inches of annual snowfall over the resort's 1,500 skiable acres.

"We know our guests and employees will benefit from Vail Resorts' outstanding track record of resort and community investment, environmental stewardship, and employee development," said Tim Mueller, president of Triple Peaks. "We care deeply about the legacy of these resorts and have absolute confidence in Vail Resorts to celebrate what makes them so special, while also providing long-term stability for the communities."

In another transaction, Vail Resorts will acquire Stevens Pass Resort in Washington state.

Vail Resorts plans to invest a $35 million across the four resorts over the next two years, a spokeswoman said Monday.

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