Vail Resorts to boost starting minimum wage to $10 an hour


Skiers take the lift up the mountain in Beaver Creek in December 2014. (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Resort operator Vail Resorts will increase the minimum wage for entry-level jobs to $10 an hour beginning in September.

The rate will be $1.77 more than the Colorado minimum of $8.23 an hour. Wages will also go up in California, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Broomfield-based company employs about 25,000 workers at the height of ski season, most of them seasonal. Vail Resorts operates 11 ski areas in eight states, including Vail Mountain, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge ski areas in Colorado.

“We are taking this step because it is incumbent on us to do the right thing for our employees as well as remain competitive as an employer,” Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz wrote in a letter to employees.

“Our company is not trying to make a ‘statement.’ We are simply doing what we think is right for our stakeholders — our employees, guests, communities, mountains and shareholders.”




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