Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, ski resort operator Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Vail and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Vail facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York (1854)

Market Cap

$1.9 billion


Leisure facilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.0 billion


Chairman/CEO Robert Katz
CFO Jeffrey Jones

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$46.1 million / $490.8 million

Dividend Yield



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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 20% of the 379 members who have rated Vail believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Tak3natheFlood, succinctly summed up the Vail bear case for our community: "Climate change, a constrained consumer, and a low return business are significant challenges for this company. I'm pulling for ski resorts long-term but the headwinds here are too strong."

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