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 a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Vail facts:

Headquarters (founded) Broomfield, Colo. (1997)
Market Cap $1.45 billion
Industry Leisure facilities
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.04 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Robert Katz
Co-President/CFO Jeffrey Jones
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 4.5%
Cash/Debt $44.7 million / $491 million
Dividend Yield 1.5%
Competitors Aspen Skiing Co.
Booth Creek Ski Holdings
Intrawest ULC

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

On CAPS, 17% of the 384 members who have rated Vail believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bears, bike5389, tapped the stock as a rather unseasonable pick:

What chance does [Vail] have to make their numbers this quarter? Most analysts seem to be [positive that] [Vail] will they be forced to reduce their estimates. Based on the fact they have so little snow at all their areas and are forced to spend a fortune on snow making. Even though 35% of the revenue is from season tickets one would think all other income areas are way down.

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