Park City Mountain owner Vail Resorts takes a stance on abortion, offers travel reimbursement

Park City Mountain Resort owner is the first Utah ski area operator to publicly announce its policies

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) People take to the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort as clear skies and some recent fresh snow draws the crowds on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. PCMR owner Vail Resorts announced it will improve abortion coverage for employees, becoming the first Utah ski area operator to publicly take a stance on the Supreme Court's decision Friday, June 24,2022 to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Vail Resorts will support employees who want to have abortions or other reproductive care, according to a message sent from the company’s official Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

The owner of Park City Mountain Resort said it would provide expanded abortion coverage in its medical plans and offer a travel reimbursement of up to $4,000 to cover services not offered in-state.

“We believe everyone is entitled to make choices about their own reproductive health, no matter where they live,” the company posted in its tweet.

Vail Resorts is based in Colorado, where abortions remain legal at all stages of pregnancy. However, it operates 41 ski and snowboard areas across the United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland.

“We have tens of thousands of teammates in the U.S. spread across 16 states who now, because of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, will have varying access to reproductive healthcare,” Vail‘s post on Twitter said.

Vail Resorts is the first ski area operator in Utah to publicly weigh in on the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe vs. Wade, which ended federal abortion rights in the United States. Several other companies have taken similar measures, however, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Patagonia, Warner Bros. and Condé Nast.