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I doubt Vail preferred anything actually. This was all driven by Peaks this summer. Vail had no input until the transaction closed which was well after the Summit Triple had been "fixed".
They were almost certainly in discussions for months before the sale was announced. That's how these mergers typically work. That rescue financing from those pharma guys (Purdue?) to compete Peak's PA-based acquisition was almost certainly with an eye towards a fairly quick sale. Doesn't necessarily mean to Vail, but the writing was on the wall that Peak was shopping itself when you look back at the timeline.
It's a small enough project that I doubt Vail would have deeply cared about. It would have been like fixing a first floor half bath before selling your house. Maybe the new buyer will like it. Maybe they would have preferred another style.
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Apparently A lift at Jack Frost and both Edelweiss and Little Boulder lifts at Big Boulder are down for the season as well. Sounds like Vail has quite a shopping list for the ex-Peak resorts, and growing...