Vail Resorts announced it will acquire all 17 ski resorts owned by Peak Resorts.

Vermont - Mount Snow

New Hampshire - Crotched, Attitash, Wildcat

New York - Hunter

Pennsylvania - Big Boulder, Jack Frost, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail

Ohio - Boston Mills, Brandywine, Alpine, Mad River

Missouri - Hidden Valley, Snow Creek

Indiana - Paoli Peaks

All the resorts will be covered under the Epic Pass which will set you back $939 but Vail announced an Epic Local Pass for the east coast that will run $699 for Adults, and $569 for teens. Unfortunately there is no other distinction for the under 30's.

The Epic Local will include unlimited skiing at those 17 resorts plus Breckenridge(CO), Keystone(CO), Crested Butte(CO), Afton Alps(MN), Wilmot(MI), Mt Sunapee(NH), Okemo(VT), and Stevens Pass(WA).

In addition the pass includes 10 days at Vail(CO), Beaver Creek(CO), and Whistler(BC). 2 days at each Sun Valley(ID), and Snowbasin(UT). As well as 5 days each at Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu in Japan.

For the 19-20 season, Vail will honor all Peak Resorts passes. If you grabbed one of those, you're still good to go for this season, or can upgrade to the epic if you're planning on traveling to some other mountains. If Vail buying your mountain makes you angry, you're also eligible for a refund.

The empire continues to grow. It's likely only a matter of time before the Ikon Pass makes some of it's own purchases to answer back. Time will tell but it's definitely and interesting time for the ski industry, for better or worse.