Vail Resorts Inc was founded in 1997 in Delaware. The Company's operations are grouped into three business segments: Mountain, Lodging and Real Estate. The Mountain segment operates eight ski resort properties and two urban ski areas as well as ancillary services, including ski school, dining and retail/rental operations. The Lodging segment owns and/or manages a collection of hotels under its RockResorts brand, as well as other lodging properties and condominiums located in ski resorts, certain National Park Service concessionaire properties including Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC), which operates destination resorts at Grand Teton National Park, Colorado Mountain Express (CME), a Colorado resort ground transportation company, and mountain resort golf courses. The Mountain and Lodging segments are considered as Resort segment. The Real Estate segment owns and develops real estate in and around the resort communities. The Company's resorts compete with other ski resorts, including Aspen/Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Deer Valley, Mammoth Mountain, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Park City Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley USA, Steamboat, Whistler Blackcomb and Winter Park, as well as other ski areas in Colorado and the Lake Tahoe area, other destination ski areas and non-ski related vacation destinations. The Company's operations are subject to Federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations including those relating to emissions to the air, discharges to water, storage, treatment and disposal of wastes, land use, remediation of contaminated sites and protection of natural resources such as wetlands. The Company's properties compete within its geographic markets with hotels and resorts that include locally owned independent hotels, as well as facilities owned or managed by national and international chains, including such brands as Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Starwood's Luxury Collection and Westin.