Adam M. Aron                             
 
        EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") entered into as of July 29, 1996,
by and between Vail Resorts, Inc., a Delaware corporation with its principal
office in Avon, Colorado (the "Company"), and Adam M. Aron, a resident of Avon,
Colorado ("Executive").
 
        WHEREAS, the Company wishes to employ Executive as its Chairman of the
Board and Chief Executive Officer and both parties desire to enter into an
employment agreement to reflect Executive's new capacity upon the terms and
conditions set forth herein:
 
        NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound,
hereby agree as follows:
 
 
        1.  Employment. The Company hereby employs Executive as its Chairman of
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the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Executive shall also serve as a member of
the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") and its Executive Committee.
Executive shall also serve as Chairman of each of Vail Associates, Inc. and Vail
Associates Real Estate Group, Inc., the Company's principal subsidiaries.
Executive hereby accepts such employment and agrees to perform his duties and
responsibilities in accordance with the terms, conditions and provisions
hereinafter set forth.
 
        1.1.  Employment Term. The term of Executive's employment under this
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Agreement shall commence as of the date hereof (the "Effective Date") and shall
continue until September 30, 1999; provided, however, that on and after October
1, 1997, the Agreement shall automatically renew with the term of the Agreement
always being at least two years. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive's
employment and this Agreement may be terminated in accordance with Section 5
hereof. The period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the date on
which the term of Executive's employment under the Agreement shall terminate is
hereinafter referred to as the "Employment Term."
 
        1.2  Duties and Responsibilities. Executive shall serve as the Company's
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Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and in such other senior
positions, if any, to which he may be elected by the Board during the
Employment Term. During the Employment Term, Executive shall perform all duties
and accept all responsibilities incident to, and not inconsistent with, such
positions as may be reasonably assigned to him by the Board.
 
        1.3  Extent of Service. During the Employment Term, Executive agrees to
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use his best efforts to carry out his duties and responsibilities under Section
1.2 hereof and, consistent with the other provisions of this Agreement, to
devote substantially all his business time, attention and energy thereto except
to the extent required by Executive's outside board
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directorships, civic or charitable activities. Executive agrees not be
become engaged in any other business, civic or charitable activity which, in
his reasonable judgment, is likely to materially interfere with his ability to
discharge his duties and responsibilities to the Company. Executive agrees to
resign from or discontinue any other business, civic or charitable activity
which, in the reasonable judgment of the Board, is likely to materially
interfere with his ability to discharge his duties and responsibilities to the
Company.
 
        1.4  Base Salary. For all the services rendered by Executive hereunder,
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the Company shall pay Executive a base salary ("Base Salary"), commencing on the
Effective Date, at the annual rate of $560,000, payable in installments at such
times as the Company customarily pays its other senior level executives (but in
any event no less often than monthly). Executive's Base Salary for each fiscal
year of the Company commencing after the Effective Date shall be reviewed for
appropriate adjustment (but shall not be reduced below $560,000 in any case) by
the Board pursuant to its normal performance review policies for senior level
executives.
 
        1.5  Retirement and Benefit Coverages. During the Employment Term,
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Executive shall be entitled to participate in all (a) employee pension and
retirement plans and programs ("Retirement Plans") and (b) welfare benefit plans
and programs ("Benefit Coverages"), in each case as made available to the
Company's senior level executives as a group or to its employees generally and
as such Retirement Plans or Benefit Coverages may be in effect from time to
time. However, Executive specifically acknowledges that the Company has no
pension plan in effect as of the Effective Date. In addition, Executive shall be
entitled to (i) the Company's regular holiday and vacation policy, (ii) annual
membership in any clubs owned or managed by the Company (which shall terminate
concurrently with the date of termination of the Employment Term pursuant to
Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 or 5.6 and on the 90th day following the date of
termination of the Employment Term pursuant to Section 5.4 or 5.5), (iii)
customary use of the Company's products or services at no charge, and (iv) an
additional $5.0 million of term life insurance and $500,000 of annual disability
income protection (assuming Executive can medically qualify for coverage at
reasonable cost).
 
        1.6  Relocation Reimbursement. Executive shall be entitled to up to
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$250,000 to reimburse all documented moving and relocation expenses, including a
tax equivalency payment (i.e., a "gross-up" for state and federal income taxes).
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Reimbursement shall be made to Executive within 15 days of written request
therefor accompanied by appropriate documentation of such expenses, and shall
include repayment of (i) all costs incurred by Executive in selling his
residences in Florida and Illinois, including legal fees, transfer and stamp
taxes, brokers' commissions, and other customary closing costs; (ii) all costs
of moving and/or storing Executive's furniture, other possessions and
automobiles; and (iii) all costs of commuting between Colorado and Illinois for
Executive or his family for up to 13 months; provided, however, in no case shall
the Company's obligation to reimburse Executive in accordance with this Section
exceed $250,000 including the tax equivalency payment.
 
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        1.7(a)  Special Incentive Compensation. Executive shall be entitled to a
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bonus at the annual rate of $250,000 ($20,833.33 per full month of service) for
the period from the Effective Date through September 30, 1997, to be paid on
October 1, 1997.
 
        1.7(b)  Annual Incentive/Long-Term Incentive Program. On or after 
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October 1, 1997, Executive shall be entitled to participate in a short-term or
long-term incentive compensation program established by the Company for its
senior level executives generally. Payments under such programs shall depend
upon achievement of certain business performance targets specified and approved
annually in advance by the Board (or a Committee thereof) in its sole
discretion; provided, however, that Executive's "target opportunity" under any
such program shall be at least at the highest level of target award for any
other senior level executive, with Executive's bonus being at least $250,000
annually if the Company achieves the performance targets for such year.
Executive's short-term and long-term incentive compensation shall be paid to him
in the same form and at the same times that such compensation is paid to the
Company's senior level executives generally. Executive specifically acknowledges
that a portion of such incentive compensation may be deferred subject to
subsequent year financial performance of the Company, if such a provision is
consistent with the Company's then-existing compensation program for other
senior level executives.
 
        1.8  Restricted Stock. Executive shall be entitled to receive, as of the
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Effective Date, 18,750 shares of the Company's common stock, $.01 par value
(the "Restricted Stock"). The number of shares of Restricted Stock shall be
increased by 2,679 shares on March 31, 1997 in the event that both the
Company's initial public offering of common stock (the "IPO") and the Company's
proposed acquisition of Ralston Resorts, Inc. (the "Acquisition") have not
occurred by such date. The certificates representing the Restricted Stock shall
be retained by the Company until such shares have vested. Except as provided in
Sections 5 and 6 below, Executive's right to 20% of such shares shall vest as
of the completion of each year of Executive's employment beginning on the
Effective Date. Prior to vesting, Executive shall be entitled to vote the
shares of Restricted Stock and to be credited with any dividends attributable
to such shares; provided, however, that no payment of such dividends shall be
made unless and until, and only to the extent that, the related shares are
vested; and provided, further, that the Restricted Stock shall not be entitled
to receive any of the proceeds of the $55.0 million special dividend as
described in the Company's 1996 S-2 filing. Upon termination of the Employment
Term for any reason, that portion of the Restricted Stock that is not vested
(after giving effect to any acceleration of vesting pursuant to Sections 5 and
6) shall be forfeited by Executive.
 
        1.9  Stock Options. Executive shall receive, as of the Effective Date, 
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an option to purchase 130,000 shares of common stock of the Company divided into
Tranche A and Tranche B of 65,000 shares each (the "Option"), which Option shall
be a "non-qualified stock option" for federal income tax purposes. The number of
shares subject to the Option shall be adjusted for stock splits, stock
combinations or stock dividends but not for equity additions. The Option
exercise price shall be $40 per share, subject to reduction to $35 per share on
March 31, 1997 in the event that the IPO and the Acquisition have not occurred
by such date. Except as
 
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provided in Sections 5 and 6 below, the Option shall vest with respect to
20% of the shares covered thereby as of the completion of each year of
Executive's employment beginning on the Effective Date. Upon termination of the
Employment Term for any reason, that portion of the Option that is not vested
(after giving effect to any acceleration of vesting pursuant to Sections 5 and
6) shall expire and be forfeited. The Option shall have a 10 year term;
provided, however, that in the event of earlier termination of the Employment
Term, the Option shall expire 90 days after the date of such termination if
such termination is pursuant to Sections 5.3 or 5.6, and shall expire nine
months after the date of such termination if such termination is for any other
reason. Executive shall be credited with any dividends attributable to shares
covered by the Option other than regular dividends paid out of the Company's
current earnings in accordance with a multi-year dividend policy adopted and
consistently applied by the Board (it being understood that, since the
Company's current policy is not to pay regular dividends, the payment of
dividends under a new dividend policy that is intended in good faith to result
in periodic dividends over a multi-year period shall be deemed regular
dividends). Payment of such credited dividends shall be made at the time of,
and only if and to the extent that, the Option becomes vested and the shares
are purchased upon exercise of the Option; provided, however, that the shares
subject to the Option shall not be entitled to receive the proceeds of, and the
related exercise price shall not be adjusted on account of, the $55.0 million
special dividend as described in the Company's 1996 S-2 filing.
 
        1.10  Home Purchase. The Company shall purchase a home of Executive's
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choosing in the Vail Valley for Executive's use as his personal residence
during the Employment Term and extending through but not beyond 90 days
thereafter. It shall be a condition of Executive's employment that Executive
live in such residence, and that the residence be located at the Company's
Vail, Beaver Creek, or Arrowhead resorts for the convenience of the Company.
From such residence Executive shall be expected by the Company to observe the
operation of the resorts, be on immediate 24-hour call in case of accident or
emergency, maintain a Company telephone extension in the residence, as well as
entertain customers and others important to the Company. The purchase price for
such residence shall not exceed $1.5 million, unless the Company at its sole
option chooses to fund a higher purchase price. The Company shall pay for the
real estate taxes, property insurance, homeowner's association assessments, and
exterior painting as needed, and shall provide that the major operational
systems of the residence are functional. Otherwise, Executive shall provide and
pay for the maintenance of the residence, including snow removal and
landscaping, interior painting as needed, insurance on Executive's possessions,
maintenance or replacement (if necessary) of appliances, and other incidental
repair. The Company agrees not to require Executive to change his residence
during the Employment Term other than in connection with the relocation of
Executive's office to another location in Eagle County, Summit County or the
Denver metropolitan area. The foregoing shall not preclude Executive, at his
sole option, from changing his personal residence to a new home during the
Employment Term so long as such new residence meets all of the requirements of
this Section and Executive bears all costs or losses resulting from such change,
including all brokerage commissions, transfer and stamp taxes, 
 
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assessments and other charges as well as any sale of the previous home.
 
        1.11  Reimbursement of Expenses. Executive shall be reimbursed for
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customary travel, entertainment and other out-of-pocket expenses reasonably
incurred by him on behalf of the Company in the performance of his duties
hereunder, which reimbursement shall be made in accordance with the Company's
normal reimbursement policies.
 
        2.   Confidential Information. Executive recognizes and acknowledges
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that, by reason of his employment by and service to the Company before, during
and, if applicable, after the Employment Term, he has had and will continue to
have access to certain confidential and proprietary information relating to the
Company's business, which may include, but is not limited to, trade secrets,
trade "know-how", customer information, supplier information, cost and pricing
information, marketing and sales techniques, strategies and programs, computer
programs and software and financial information (collectively referred to as
''Confidential Information"). Executive acknowledges that such Confidential
Information is a valuable and unique asset of the Company and Executive
covenants that he will not at any time during the course of his employment use
any Confidential Information or divulge or disclose any Confidential Information
to any person, firm or corporation except in connection with Executive's good
faith belief as to the proper performance of his duties for the Company.
Executive also covenants that, at any time after the termination of his
employment, he will not directly or indirectly use any Confidential Information
for any purpose or divulge or disclose any Confidential Information to any
person, firm or corporation, unless such information is in the public domain
through no fault of Executive or except when required to do so by a court of
law, by any governmental agency having supervisory authority over the business
of the Company or over Executive or by any administrative or legislative body
(including a committee thereof) with apparent jurisdiction to order him to
divulge, disclose or make accessible such information, in which case Executive
will inform the Company in writing promptly of such required disclosure.
 
        3.  Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disparagement.
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        (a) During his employment by the Company and for a period of one year
thereafter, Executive will not, except with the prior written consent of the
Board, directly or indirectly own, manage, operate, join, control, finance or
participate in the ownership, management, operation, control or financing of,
or be connected as an officer, director, employee, partner, principal, agent,
representative, consultant or otherwise with, or use or permit his name to be
used in connection with, any business or enterprise that is engaged in a
"Competing Enterprise," which is defined as an entity whose operations are
conducted within the ski industry in North America or in the real estate
development, lodging or hospitality industries in the State of Colorado.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive may participate, own, finance, manage,
obtain employment or otherwise be connected with a larger regional, national or
international business or enterprise (a "New Employer") which owns or operates a
 
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Competing Enterprise as a brand, branch, division, subsidiary or affiliate
provided that (i) the Competing Enterprise accounts for less than 10% of the
New Employer's annual revenues and annual net income on both a historical or
pro forma basis for the New Employer's most recently completed fiscal year, and
(ii) Executive's duties for the New Employer are not primarily related to the
conduct of such Competing Enterprise.
 
        (b) The foregoing restrictions shall not be construed to prohibit the
ownership by Executive of less than five percent (5%) of any class of
securities of any corporation which is engaged in any of the foregoing
businesses having a class of securities registered pursuant to the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), provided that such ownership
represents a passive investment and that neither Executive nor any group of
persons including Executive in any way, either directly or indirectly, manages
or exercises control of any such corporation, guarantees any of its financial
obligations, otherwise takes any part in its business (other than exercising
his rights as a shareholder), or seeks to do any of the foregoing.
 
        (c) Executive further covenants and agrees that, during his employment
by the Company and for the period of one year thereafter, Executive will not
solicit for another business or enterprise any person who is a managerial or
higher level employee of the Company at the time of Executive's termination.
 
        (d) During Executive's employment and for a period of five years
thereafter, Executive agrees that he shall not make any public statements
disparaging of the Company or its subsidiaries, the Board, or the officers,
directors, stockholders, or employees of the Company or its subsidiaries. The
Company shall similarly not disparage Executive following such termination.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the parties may respond truthfully to inquiries
from governmental agencies or from prospective employers of Executive.
Similarly, nothing in this provision is intended to prevent either party from
seeking to enforce the provisions of this Agreement through appropriate
proceedings.
 
        4. Equitable Relief.
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        (a) Executive acknowledges and agrees that the restrictions contained in
Sections 2 and 3 are reasonable and necessary to protect and preserve the
legitimate interests, properties, goodwill and business of the Company, that
the Company would not have entered into this Agreement in the absence of such
restrictions and that irreparable injury will be suffered by the Company should
Executive breach any of the provisions of those Sections. Executive represents
and acknowledges that (i) he has been advised by the Company to consult his own
legal counsel in respect of this Agreement, and (ii) that he has had full
opportunity, prior to execution of this Agreement, to review thoroughly this
Agreement with his counsel.
 
        (b) Executive further acknowledges and agrees that a breach of any of
the restrictions in Sections 2 and 3 cannot be adequately compensated by
monetary damages. Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled to
preliminary and permanent injunctive
 
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relief, without the necessity of proving actual damages, as well as an
equitable accounting of all earnings, profits and other benefits arising from
any violation of Sections 2 or 3 hereof, which rights shall be cumulative and
in addition to any other rights or remedies to which the Company may be
entitled. In the event that any of the provisions of Sections 2 or 3 hereof
should ever be adjudicated to exceed the time, geographic, service, or other
limitations permitted by applicable law in any jurisdiction, it is the
intention of the parties that the provision shall be amended to the extent of
the maximum time, geographic, service, or other limitations permitted by
applicable law, that such amendment shall apply only within the jurisdiction of
the court that made such adjudication and that the provision otherwise be
enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law.
 
        5.  Termination. The Employment Term shall terminate upon the occurrence
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of any one of the following events:
 
        5.1  Disability. The Company may terminate the Employment Term if
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Executive is unable substantially to perform his duties and responsibilities
hereunder to the full extent required by the Board by reason of illness, injury
or incapacity for six consecutive months, or for more than nine months in the
aggregate during any period of 12 calendar months (a "Disability"); provided,
however, that the Company shall continue to pay Executive his Base Salary until
the Company acts to terminate the Employment Term and Executive shall be
entitled to all Restricted Stock and Options that are vested as of the date of
such termination. In addition, in the event Executive executes a written release
in connection with such termination (such release to be effective only if the
Company executes such release) substantially in the form attached hereto as
Annex I (the "Release"), Executive shall be entitled to receive (i) upon the
achievement of the Company's performance targets for such year, a pro rata
portion of the incentive compensation Executive would have received under the
plans described in Section 1.7(b) for the year in which such termination
occurred, which amounts shall be payable in accordance with the terms of the
applicable plan, (ii) all deferred incentive compensation earned by Executive
with respect to prior years, which amounts shall be payable at the Company's
option either in a lump sum within 30 days of termination or in accordance with
the terms of the applicable plan, (iii) all amounts (including accrued vacation
pay but excluding severance compensation) to which Executive is then entitled
upon termination of employment under applicable plans and programs of the
Company then in effect, and (iv) all other amounts then due and payable to
Executive pursuant to the terms of this Agreement with respect to services
rendered prior to termination of employment. In addition, if Executive executes
the Release, all unvested shares of Restricted Stock and Tranche A of the Option
shall automatically become 100% vested upon termination of the Employment Term
pursuant to this Section 5.1. The Company shall have no further liability or
obligation to Executive for compensation under this Agreement. In the event of
any dispute under this Section 5.1 and to the extent determined by the Board to
be job-related and consistent with business necessity, Executive shall submit to
a physical examination by a licensed physician selected by the Board and
approved by Executive, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld.
 
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        5.2  Death. The Employment Term shall terminate in the event of 
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Executive's death. In such event, the Company shall pay to Executive's
executors, legal representatives or administrators, as applicable, an amount
equal to the installment of his Base Salary set forth in Section 1.4 hereof for
the month in which he dies. In addition, Executive's estate shall be entitled to
receive (i) previously vested shares of Restricted Stock and Options, (ii) upon
the achievement of the Company's performance targets for such year, a pro rata
portion of the incentive compensation Executive would have received under the
plans described in Section 1.7(b) for the year in which such termination
occurred, which amounts shall be payable in accordance with the terms of the
applicable plan, (iii) all deferred incentive compensation earned by Executive
with respect to prior years, which amounts shall be payable at the Company's
option either in a lump sum within 30 days of termination or in accordance with
the terms of the applicable plan, (iv) all amounts (including accrued vacation
pay but excluding severance compensation) to which Executive is then entitled
upon termination of employment under applicable plans and programs of the
Company then in effect, and (v) all other amounts then due and payable to
Executive pursuant to the terms of this Agreement with respect to services
rendered prior to termination of employment. In addition, all unvested shares of
Restricted Stock and Tranche A of the Option shall automatically become 100%
vested upon termination of the Employment Term pursuant to this Section 5.2. The
Company shall have no further liability or obligation under this Agreement to
his executors, legal representatives, administrators, heirs or assigns or any
other person claiming under or through him.
 
        5.3  Cause. The Company may terminate the Employment Term at any time 
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for "cause" upon written notice to Executive, in which event all payments under
this Agreement shall cease, except for (i) Base Salary to the extent already
earned or accrued, (ii) previously vested shares of Restricted Stock and
Options, (iii) all amounts (including accrued vacation pay but excluding
severance compensation) to which Executive is then entitled upon termination of
employment under applicable plans and programs of the Company then in effect,
and (iv) all other amounts then due and payable to Executive pursuant to the
terms of this Agreement with respect to services rendered prior to termination
of employment. For purposes of this Agreement, Executive's employment may be
terminated for "cause" if (i) Executive is convicted of a felony, (ii) in the
reasonable determination of the Board, Executive has (x) committed an act of
fraud, embezzlement, or theft in connection with Executive's duties in the
course of his employment with the Company, or (y) engaged in gross mismanagement
or gross negligence in the course of his employment with the Company or (iii)
Executive has breached his obligations under this Agreement, including
inattention to or neglect of duties, and shall not have remedied such breach
within 30 days after receiving written notice from the Board specifying the
details thereof; provided, however, that in any case under clause (ii) or (iii),
the act or failure to act by Executive is materially harmful to the reputation,
goodwill or business position of the Company or its subsidiaries.
 
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        5.4  Termination Without Cause.
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        (a) The Company may terminate the Employment Term at any time without
cause upon written notice to Executive; provided, however, that in the event
that such notice is given, Executive shall be under no obligation to render any
additional services to the Company and shall be allowed to seek other
employment, subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 3(a). Upon any such
termination, except as provided in Section 5.4(b) below, Executive shall be
entitled to receive, as liquidated damages for the failure of the Company to
continue to employ Executive, only the amount due to Executive under the
Company's then-current severance pay plan for employees and (i) Base Salary to
the extent already earned or accrued, (ii) all deferred incentive compensation
earned by Executive with respect to prior years, which amounts shall be payable
at the Company's option either in a lump sum within 30 days of termination or in
accordance with the terms of the applicable plans, (iii) previously vested
shares of Restricted Stock and Options, (iv) all amounts (including accrued
vacation pay) to which Executive is then entitled upon termination of employment
under applicable plans and programs of the Company then in effect, and (v) all
other amounts then due and payable to Executive pursuant to the terms of this
Agreement with respect to services rendered prior to termination of employment.
The Company shall have no further liability or obligation to Executive for
compensation under this Agreement.
 
       (b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, upon such termination, in the event
that Executive executes the Release, Executive shall be entitled to receive, in
lieu of the payments described in subsection (a) hereof, which Executive agrees
to waive, as liquidated damages for the failure of the Company to continue to
employ Executive, (i) two years' of Executive's Base Salary in accordance with
Section 1.4 or, if greater, for the balance of the current Employment Term
(without regard to Executive's removal), payable in accordance with the
Company's normal payroll practices over such period, (ii) previously vested
shares of Restricted Stock and Options, (iii) upon the achievement of the
Company's performance targets for such year, a pro rata portion of the incentive
compensation Executive would have received under the plans described in Section
1.7(b) for the year in which such termination occurred, which amounts shall be
payable in accordance with the terms of the applicable plan, (iv) all deferred
incentive compensation earned by Executive with respect to prior years, which
amounts shall be payable at the Company's option either in a lump sum within 30
days of termination or in accordance with the terms of the applicable plan, (v)
all amounts (including accrued vacation pay but excluding severance
compensation) to which Executive is then entitled upon termination of employment
under applicable plans and programs of the Company then in effect, and (vi) all
other amounts then due and payable to Executive pursuant to the terms of this
Agreement with respect to services rendered prior to termination of employment.
In addition, if Executive executes the Release, all unvested shares of
Restricted Stock and Tranche A of the Option shall automatically become 100%
vested upon termination of the Employment Term pursuant to this Section 5.4. The
Company shall have no further liability or obligation to Executive for
compensation under this Agreement.
 
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        5.5  Constructive Termination Without Cause.
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        (a) Resignation by Executive for good reason ("Constructive Termination
Without Cause") shall mean a termination of Executive's employment at his
initiative following the occurrence, without Executive's written consent, of
(i) a material diminution in Executive's duties, responsibilities, authority,
or status, (ii) a reduction in Executive's Base Salary below $560,000 per year
or failure to pay Executive's bonus or incentive compensation in violation of
Section 1.7(a) or (b), (iii) a failure to convey, within 10 business days after
written request of Executive, any vested Restricted Shares or any shares
purchased upon exercise of the Option, (iv) the assignment to Executive of
duties or obligations despite his stated written objection to the Board which
would require Executive to violate any law, or interpretation thereof, of any
governmental body of the United States or the state of Colorado, (v) an
involuntary relocation of Executive's office outside of Eagle or Summit
Counties or the Denver metropolitan area or away from the Company's principal
executive offices, or (vi) a failure of the Company to comply with any of the
material terms of this Agreement.
 
        (b) In the event of a Constructive Termination Without Cause, if
Executive executes the Release, Executive shall be entitled to receive (i) two
years' of Executive's Base Salary in accordance with Section 1.4 or, if greater,
for the balance of the current Employment Term (without regard to Executive's
removal), payable in accordance with the Company's normal payroll practices over
such period, (ii) previously vested shares of Restricted Stock and Options,
(iii) upon the achievement of the Company's performance targets for such year, a
pro rata portion of the incentive compensation Executive would have received
under the plans described in Section 1.7(b) for the year in which such
termination occurred, which amounts shall be payable in accordance with the
terms of the applicable plan, (iv) all deferred incentive compensation earned by
Executive with respect to prior years, which amounts shall be payable at the
Company's option either in a lump sum within 30 days of termination or in
accordance with the terms of the applicable plan, (v) all amounts (including
accrued vacation pay but excluding severance compensation) to which Executive is
then entitled upon termination of employment under applicable plans and programs
of the Company then in effect, and (vi) all other amounts then due and payable
to Executive pursuant to the terms of this Agreement with respect to services
rendered prior to termination of employment. In addition, if Executive executes
the Release, all unvested shares of Restricted Stock and Tranche A of the Option
shall automatically become 100% vested upon termination of the Employment Term
pursuant to this Section 5.5. In the event Executive refuses to execute the
Release, he shall receive, as liquidated damages for the failure of the Company
to continue to employ Executive, only the amount due to Executive under the
Company's then current severance pay plan for employees and (i) Base Salary to
the extent already earned or accrued, (ii) all deferred incentive compensation
earned by Executive with respect to prior years, which amounts shall be payable
at the Company's option either in a lump sum within 30 days of termination or in
accordance with the terms of the applicable plans, (iii) previously vested
shares of Restricted Stock and Options, (iv) all amounts (including accrued
vacation pay) to which Executive is then entitled upon termination of employment
under applicable plans and programs of the Company then in
 
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effect, and (v) all other amounts then due and payable to Executive
pursuant to the terms of this Agreement with respect to services rendered prior
to termination of employment. The Company shall have no further liability or
obligation to Executive for compensation under this Agreement.
 
        (c) Prior to resigning under this Section, Executive shall give written
notice to the Board and offer a 30-day period for the Company to cure. If, and
only if, the Company cures an issue raised by the Executive under this Section,
and Executive again feels it necessary to resign under this Section, Executive
shall again given written notice to the Board and offer a new 30-day period for
the Company to cure. If no cure has been effected by the end of the applicable
cure period, Executive may resign immediately in accordance with the provisions
of subsections (a) and (b) above. After two such cure periods, only written
notice must be given but no cure period will be required.
 
        5.6  Voluntary Termination. Executive may voluntarily terminate the
             ---------------------
Employment Term upon 30 days' prior written notice for any reason. In such
event, Executive shall be entitled only to (i) Base Salary to the extent
already earned or accrued, (ii) previously vested shares of Restricted Stock
and Options, (iii) all amounts (including accrued vacation pay but excluding
severance compensation) to which Executive is then entitled upon termination of
employment under applicable plans and programs of the Company then in effect,
and (iv) all other amounts then due and payable to Executive pursuant to the
terms of this Agreement with respect to services rendered prior to termination
of employment. The Company shall have no further liability or obligation to
Executive for compensation under this Agreement. A voluntary termination under
this Section 5.6 shall not be deemed a breach of this Agreement.
 
        6.  Acceleration of Vesting Following a Change of Control. In the event 
            -----------------------------------------------------
of a "change of control" of the Company, defined to mean that a person other
than Apollo Ski Partners L.P. or its affiliates ("Apollo") owns at least 51% of
the Company's outstanding common stock or controls at least 51% of the seats on
the Board, all of Executive's rights under the Option and to the Restricted
Stock shall immediately vest if either (i) Executive remains employed with the
Company for at least six months after a change of control occurs, or (ii)
Executive's employment is terminated following such change in control pursuant
to Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, or 5.5. In the event Apollo sells two-thirds or more
of its shares of common stock in connection with a change in control occurring
prior to the IPO, at Executive's sole option, some or all of Executive's shares
which are vested or become vested under this Section 6 (including shares covered
by the Option) may be sold for the same price and terms as Apollo receives and
the proceeds (net of the applicable exercise price in the case of shares covered
by the Option, which exercise price shall be paid to the Company) shall be held
in escrow by a mutually acceptable escrow agent and paid to Executive on the
third business day following the completion of the six-month period referenced
in clause (i) above or the date of termination of Executive's employment
pursuant to Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.4 or 5.5, as applicable. In the event of
termination of Executive's employment prior to completion of such six-month
period other than pursuant to Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.4 of 5.5, Executive shall be
entitled to receive only that portion of such proceeds as is attributable to
Executive's shares that are vested as of the date of 
 
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termination without regard to this Section 6, and the balance of such
proceeds shall be forfeited to the Company.
 
        7.  Survivorship. The respective rights and obligations of the parties
            ------------
hereunder shall survive any termination of Executive's employment and the
Employment Term to the extent necessary to the intended rights and obligations.
 
        8.  No Mitigation. Executive shall not be required to mitigate the 
            -------------
amount of any payment or benefit provided for in this Agreement by seeking other
employment or otherwise and there shall be no offset against amounts due
Executive under this Agreement on account of any remuneration attributable to
any subsequent employment that he may obtain. All payments to be made by the
Company to Executive hereunder shall be made without any offset or deduction for
any amounts owed by Executive to the Company.
 
        9.  Arbitration; Expenses. In the event of any dispute under the 
            ---------------------
provisions of this Agreement other than a dispute in which the primary relief
sought is an equitable remedy such as an injunction, the parties shall be
required to have the dispute, controversy or claim settled by arbitration in the
City of New York, New York in accordance with the National Rules for the
Resolution of Employment Disputes then in effect of the American Arbitration
Association, before a panel of three arbitrators, two of whom shall be selected
by the Company and Executive, respectively, and the third of whom shall be
selected by the other two arbitrators. Any award entered by the arbitrators
shall be final, binding and nonappealable and judgment may be entered thereon by
either party in accordance with applicable law in any court of competent
jurisdiction. This arbitration provision shall be specifically enforceable. The
arbitrators shall have no authority to modify any provision of this Agreement or
to award a remedy for a dispute involving this Agreement other than a benefit
specifically provided under or by virtue of the Agreement. The Company shall be
responsible for all of its own legal fees and other expenses relating to such
arbitration. The fees of the American Arbitration Association anti the legal
fees and expenses of Executive relating to such arbitration shall be borne in
the manner determined by order of the arbitrators.
 
        10.  Notices. All notices and other communications required or permitted
             -------
hereunder or necessary or convenient in connection herewith shall be in writing
and shall be deemed to have been given when hand delivered or mailed by
registered or certified mail, as follows (provided that notice of change of
address shall be deemed given only when received):
 
        If to the Company, to:
 
                Vail Resorts, Inc.
                P.O. Box 7
                Vail, CO 81658
                Attention: General Counsel
 
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        If to Executive, to:
 
                Adam M. Aron
                c/o Vail Resorts, Inc.
                P.O. Box 7
                Vail, CO 81658
 
        With a required copy to:
 
                Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 
                2000 One Logan Square 
                Philadelphia, PA 19103-6993
                Attention: Robert J. Lichtenstein, Esq.
 
or to such other names or addresses as the Company or Executive, as the case
may be, shall designate by notice to each other person entitled to receive
notices in the manner specified in this Section.
 
        11.  Contents of Agreement; Amendment and Assignment.
             -----------------------------------------------
 
        (a) This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and sets forth the
entire understanding between the parties hereto with respect to the subject
matter hereof and cannot be changed, modified, extended or terminated except as
provided herein or upon written amendment approved by the Company and executed
on its behalf by a duly authorized officer and by Executive.
 
        (b) All of the terms and provisions of this Agreement shall be binding
upon and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the respective heirs,
executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns of the
parties hereto, except that the duties and responsibilities of Executive
hereunder are of a personal nature and shall not be assignable or delegatable in
whole or in part by Executive. The Company shall require any successor (whether
direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or
otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company,
by agreement in form and substance satisfactory to Executive, expressly to
assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the extent
the Company would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place,
and upon request by the Company Executive shall acknowledge, by agreement in
form and substance reasonably acceptable to such successor, that this Agreement
may be enforced against Executive by such successor.
 
        12.  Severability. If any provision of this Agreement or application 
             ------------
thereof to anyone or under any circumstances is adjudicated to be invalid or
unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not
affect any other provision or application of this
 
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Agreement which can be given effect without the invalid or unenforceable
provision or application and shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such
provision or application in any other jurisdiction. If any provision is held
void, invalid or unenforceable with respect to particular circumstances, it
shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect in all other circumstances.
 
        13.  Remedies Cumulative; No Waiver. No remedy conferred upon a party by
             ------------------------------
this Agreement is intended to be exclusive of any other remedy, and each and
every such remedy shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to any other
remedy given hereunder or now or hereafter existing at law or in equity. No
delay or omission by a party in exercising any right, remedy or power hereunder
or existing at law or in equity shall be construed as a waiver thereof, and any
such right, remedy or power may be exercised by such party from time to time
and as often as may be deemed expedient or necessary by such party in its sole
discretion.
 
        14.  Beneficiaries/References. Executive shall be entitled, to the 
             ------------------------
extent permitted under any applicable law, to select and change a beneficiary or
beneficiaries to receive any compensation or benefit payable hereunder following
Executive's death by giving the Company written notice thereof. In the event of
Executive's death or a judicial determination of his incompetence, references in
this Agreement to Executive shall be deemed, where appropriate, to refer to his
beneficiary, estate or other legal representative.
 
        15.  Miscellaneous. All section headings used in this Agreement are for
             -------------
convenience only. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which
is an original. It shall not be necessary in making proof of this Agreement or
any counterpart hereof to produce or account for any of the other counterparts.
 
        16.  Withholding. The Company may withhold from any payments under this
             -----------
Agreement all federal, state and local taxes as the Company is required to
withhold pursuant to any law or governmental rule or regulation. Executive
shall bear all expense of, and be solely responsible for, all federal, state
and local taxes due with respect to any payment received hereunder.
 
        17.  Indemnification and Insurance. Executive shall be indemnified with
             -----------------------------
respect to his services hereunder to the full extent provided in the Company's
by-laws, and the Company agrees during the Employment Term to maintain
directors' and officers' liability insurance with coverage and other terms that
are customary for similarly situated companies.
 
        18.  Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted
             -------------
under the laws of the State of Colorado without giving effect to any conflict
of laws provisions.
 
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        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, intending to be legally bound, have
executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
 
 
VAIL RESORTS, INC.                              EXECUTIVE
 
 
By: /s/ James S. Mandel                         /s/ Adam M. Aron
    ____________________________                ____________________________
        James S. Mandel                         Adam M. Aron
        Sr. Vice President                      
 
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                                MUTUAL RELEASE
 
        This mutual release (this "Release") is entered into as of this ______ 
day of ___________________, ____ (the "Release Date") by Adam M. Aron ("Aron"),
on the one hand and Vail Resorts, Inc. ("VRI") on the other hand.
 
        1. Reference is hereby made to the employment agreement dated July 29,
1996 (the "Employment Agreement") by the parties hereto setting forth the
agreements among the parties regarding the termination of the employment
relationship between Aron and VRI. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein
have the meanings ascribed to them in the Employment Agreement.
 
        2. Aron, for himself, his wife, heirs, executors, administrators,
successors, and assigns, hereby releases and discharges VRI and its respective
direct and indirect parents and subsidiaries, and other affiliated companies,
and each of their respective past and present officers, directors, agents and
employees, from any and all actions, causes of action, claims, demands,
grievances, and complaints, known and unknown, which Aron or his wife, heirs,
executors, administrators, successors, or assigns ever had or may have at any
time through the Release Date. Aron acknowledges and agrees that this Release
is intended to and does cover, but is not limited to, (i) any claim of
employment discrimination of any kind whether based on a federal, state, or
local statute or court decision, including the Age Discrimination in Employment
Act with appropriate notice and recision periods observed; (ii) any claim,
whether statutory, common law, or otherwise, arising out of the terms or
conditions of Aron's employment at VRI and/or Aron's separation from VRI;
enumeration of specific rights, claims, and causes of action being released
shall not be construed to limit the general scope of this Release. It is the
intent of the parties that by this Release Aron is giving up all rights, claims
and causes of action occurring prior to the Release Date, whether or not any
damage or injury therefrom has yet occurred. Aron accepts the risk of loss with
respect to both undiscovered claims and with respect to claims for any harm
hereafter suffered arising out of conduct, statements, performance or decisions
occurring before the Release Date.
 
        3. VRI hereby releases and discharges Aron, his wife, heirs, executors,
administrators, successors, and assigns, from any and all actions, causes of
actions, claims, demands, grievances and complaints, known and unknown, which
VRI ever had or may have at any time through the Release Date. VRI acknowledges
and agrees that this Release is intended to and does cover, but is not limited
to, (i) any claim, whether statutory, common law, or otherwise, arising out of
the terms or conditions of Aron's employment at VRI and/or Aron's separation
from VRI, and (ii) any claim for attorneys' fees, costs, disbursements, or
other like expenses. The enumeration of specific rights, claims, and causes of
action being released shall not be construed to limit the general scope of this
Release. It is the intent of the parties that by this Release VRI is giving up
all of its respective rights, claims, and causes of action occurring
 
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prior to the Release Date, whether or not any damage or injury therefrom has yet
occurred. VRI accepts the risk of loss with respect to both undiscovered claims
and with respect to claims for any harm hereafter suffered arising out of
conduct, statements, performance or decisions occurring before the Release Date.
 
        4. This Release shall in no event (i) apply to any claim by either Aron
or VRI arising from any breach by the other party of its obligations under the
Employment Agreement occurring on or after the Release Date, (ii) waive Aron's
claim with respect to compensation or benefits earned or accrued prior to the
Release Date to the extent such claim survives termination of Aron's employment
under the terms of the Employment Agreement, or (iii) waive Aron's right to
indemnification under the by-laws of the Company.
 
        5. This Mutual Release shall be effective as of the Release Date and
only if executed by both parties.
 
        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each party hereto, intending to be legally bound,
has executed this Mutual Release on the date indicated below.
 
 
                                                VAIL RESORTS, INC.
 
____________________________                    By:____________________________
Adam M. Aron
 
 
Date:_______________________                    Date:__________________________
 
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EX-10.14(B) 4 ex10-14baronagreement.htm EX 10.14(B) ARON EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

Exhibit 10.14(b)

Final Execution Copy

 

 

 

AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT OF

ADAM M. ARON, AS

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OF VAIL RESORTS, INC.

 

 

WHEREAS, an employment agreement dated July 29, 1996 attached as Exhibit 1, amended by a letter dated February 13,1997 attached as Exhibit 2 (collectively, the "Agreement"), is currently in force between Vail Resorts, Inc., a Delaware corporation with its principal offices in Avon, Colorado (the "Company"), and Adam M. Aron, a resident of Avon, Colorado ("Executive");

WHEREAS, the Agreement is of an evergreen nature in which renewals are automatic, unless a notice of termination is given by either party, with no such notice of termination having been given;

WHEREAS, Executive is approaching the fifth anniversary of his service as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts, Inc.;

WHEREAS, the Company now wishes to provide additional compensation and incentives to cause Executive to remain in the employ of the Company in his current role well into the future;

WHEREAS, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Committee") has specifically authorized the provisions outlined below, with the Committee's Chairman abstaining (Exhibit 3), and after a thorough discussion and approval of these matters with the entire Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") at its most recently convened official meeting but in executive session with Executive not present;

WHEREAS, the Company wishes Executive to have certain additional protections in the event of a Change of Control so as to motivate Executive to review any potential change of control transactions without concern for how such a transaction may affect him personally;

WHEREAS, certain conditions of the Agreement were relevant in 1996, but need updating nearly five years later;

NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as of May 1, 2001 as follows:

A.  Conveyance of Executive's Residence.

If Executive remains in the employ of the Company through the earlier to occur of (a) a date to be determined by the Company in June, 2003 that is not earlier than July 29, 2003 nor later than August 3, 2003 (the "Scheduled Vesting Date"), or (b) an Accelerated Vesting as described in Section D below (the earlier of such dates being the "Vesting Date"), then from the Vesting Date to and including the date that is 90 days after the date on which Executive ceases to be employed by the Company, Executive shall then have the right to purchase from the Company at its current book value, as of April 30, 2001, (approximately $1.5 million) full and complete title to and ownership of Executive's residence at 173 South Fairway Drive, Avon, Colorado, or any successor residence bought by the Company for the Executive as per the Agreement (the "Residence"); provided that the purchase price for any successor residence shall be the Company's book value therefor at time of purchase.. No property taxes, maintenance costs, or homeowner assessments shall be owed by Executive for the period and until such time as Executive closes on the Residence.

In the event that Executive elects to purchase the Residence after the Vesting Date, the Company will provide Executive with a one-time cash bonus in the exact amount owed to the Company by the Executive for such purchase, which will be paid at the time of the closing of the purchase of the Residence from the Company. Any delay in Executive's receipt of the bonus from the Company shall extend, by an equal amount of time as the delay, the period in which Executive is required to close on the Residence.

All costs including but not limited to legal fees; brokerage commissions and charges; title, title insurance and survey fees; real estate property taxes, homeowner assessments, maintenance costs, and utilities for the period prior to closing; federal, state, county, local or Beaver Creek real estate, windfall, luxury or excise taxes; state, county, local or Beaver Creek transfer taxes, or fees or expenses of any other nature arising from such a transfer in ownership of the Residence shall be borne by the Company, with the sole exception that Executive's ordinary personal income tax liability arising solely from the receipt of the cash bonus shall be borne by Executive.

As per the Agreement and the current membership provisions of the Beaver Creek Club,

Executive may assume full membership in the Beaver Creek Club at time of closing of the Residence by commencing payment of annual dues. No other fees shall then be owing, and Executive shall assume all privileges and obligations of Beaver Creek Club membership.

B. Conveyance of Red Sky Ranch Homesite Lot and Golf Membership

If Executive remains in the employ of the Company through the Vesting Date, then from the Vesting Date to and including the date that is 90 days after the date on which Executive ceases to be employed by the Company, Executive shall then have the right to acquire for $600,000 a homesite lot in the Red Sky Ranch golf community being developed by the Company of his choosing on or adjacent to the Tom Fazio-designed course (the "Lot"). Such Lot shall be pre-selected by Executive in June or July, 2001, shall be held for Executive and will not be sold to anyone else until such time as Executive no longer has the potential opportunity as agreed herein to acquire the Lot.

No property taxes, maintenance costs or homeowner assessments shall be owed by Executive until such time as Executive closes on the Lot.

In the event that Executive elects to purchase the Lot after the Vesting Date, the Company will provide Executive with a one-time cash bonus of $600,000, which will be paid at the closing of the purchase of the Lot from the Company. Any delay in receipt by the Executive of the bonus from the Company shall extend, by an equal amount of time as the delay, the period in which Executive is required to close on the Lot.

All costs including but not limited to legal fees; brokerage commissions and charges; title, title insurance and survey fees; real estate property taxes, homeowner assessments, maintenance costs and utilities for the period prior to closing; federal, state, county, local or Red Sky Ranch real estate, windfall, luxury or excise taxes; state, county, local or Red Sky Ranch transfer taxes, or fees or expenses of any other nature arising from such a transfer in ownership of the Lot to the Executive shall be borne by the Company, with the sole exception that Executive's ordinary personal income tax liability arising solely from the receipt of the Lot shall be borne by Executive.

As per the current Agreement, Executive shall also be given a full membership in the Red Sky Ranch golf club being developed by the Company (the "Membership"). Under the Agreement, there shall be no initiation fee and dues shall not be owed so long as Executive is employed by the Company. However, if Executive remains employed with the Company through the Vesting Date, Executive may retain the Membership after his employment with the Company ceases, although the payment of dues shall commence after Executive's employment ends, with Executive assuming all privileges and obligations of Red Sky Ranch Golf Club membership. Additionally, however, Executive may transfer the Membership if and when and to whom the Lot is sold without restriction by the Club, and with no membership initiation fee or transfer fee being owed.

 

C. Bachelor Gulch Lot 99 Loan Forgiveness

The Company and Executive have separately entered into an agreement (the"Bachelor Gulch Purchase") which provides for Executive to acquire Lot 99 in the Company's Bachelor Gulch Development ("Lot 99"), as well as a Bachelor Gulch Club Membership, consideration for which was $1,000 in cash and a note in the amount of $645,750 plus interest, with all principal plus interest paid in arrears (the "Loan"). If Executive remains employed with the Company through the Vesting Date, the Loan by the Company to the Executive shall be completely forgiven on the Vesting Date with no principal or interest owed or payable. Executive and the Company will promptly and in any case no later than the end of August, 2003 prepare and execute any paperwork required to document the cancellation of the Loan as of the date of such documentation.

As per the current Agreement, Executive has been given a full membership in the Bachelor Gulch Club. Under the Agreement, there shall be no initiation fee and dues shall not be owed so long as Executive is employed by the Company. However, if Executive remains employed with the Company through the Vesting Date, Executive may retain the Bachelor Gulch Club membership after his employment with the Company ceases, although the payment of dues shall commence after Executive's employment ends, with Executive assuming all privileges and obligations of Bachelor Gulch Club membership. Additionally, however, if Executive remains employed by the Company through the Vesting Date, Executive may transfer the Bachelor Gulch Club membership if and when and to whom Lot 99 is sold without restriction by the Club, and with no membership initiation fee or transfer fee being owed.

As part of the Bachelor Gulch Purchase, Executive shall also be given a full membership in the Red Sky Ranch golf club being developed by the Company (the "Second Membership", or collectively with the Membership the "Memberships"). Under the Agreement, there shall be no initiation fee and dues shall not be owed so long as Executive is employed by the Company. However, if Executive remains employed with the Company through the Vesting Date, Executive may retain the Second Membership after his employment with the Company ceases, although the payment of dues shall commence after Executive's employment ends, with Executive assuming all privileges and obligations of Red Sky Ranch Golf Club membership. Additionally, however, if Executive remains employed by the Company through the Vesting Date, Executive may transfer the Second Membership if and when and to whom the Lot is sold without restriction by the Club, and with no membership initiation fee or transfer fee being owed.

As part of the Bachelor Gulch Purchase, Executive has been granted the right at normal market prices, terms and fees to acquire from the Cordillera golf club (and transfer with Lot 99) a transferred Cordillera golf membership now held by the Company. If Executive earns the right to retain his Red Sky Ranch Golf Club membership by remaining in the Company's employ through the Vesting Date, and in fact receives such membership, Executive shall forfeit the right to the Cordillera membership. If the Company in its sole discretion grants to Executive the full rights and privileges of Second Membership prior to the Vesting Date, the Company may sell for its own account the Cordillera membership being held for Executive.

 

D. Special Vesting Provisions for A,B, C Above

No entitlement related to ownership of the Residence, Lot, the Memberships on a dues-paying basis, or to the forgiveness of the Loan shall accrue to Executive prior to the Scheduled Vesting Date, except that they shall all be immediately triggered and vested ("Accelerated Vesting") (i) upon a Change of Control regardless of whether Executive remains in the employ of the Company so long as Executive does not voluntarily cease his employment with the Company for 90 days after the Change of Control (In such an event, Executive may close on the Residence, the Lot or the Memberships, or document forgiveness of the Loan any time or times of his choosing between the date that is 90 days after a change of control has occurred and 90 days after he has left the employ of the Company), or (ii) if Executive is Terminated With or Without Cause after January 1, 2002 in bad faith with a primary motivation being to void these financial obligations of the Company (In such an event, closings shall occur within 90 days of the appropriate bonus payments being made, and loan forgiveness shall be effective as of date of termination).

If Executive remains employed with the Company through the Vesting Date, Executive's right to acquire the Residence and Lot, the bonus obligation to pay for the Residence and Lot, the forgiveness of the Loan, and the granting of the Memberships are all non-cancelable obligations of the Company to the Executive, and shall not be forfeited by Executive for any reason thereafter including even Executive's death, voluntary resignation or Termination for Cause. If Executive is deceased after vesting in these rights but prior to documenting the Loan forgiveness or completing the closing of the Residence, Lot or Membership, the Executive's estate shall conclude these transactions as needed.

 

 

ADDITIONALLY, NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby further agree to amend the Agreement effective May 1, 2001 as follows:

1.

Minimum Base Salary. Executive's current salary of $675,000 per annum ('Base

 

Salary") shall be the minimum annual Base Salary of Executive for fiscal 2002 and beyond, which may be increased but not decreased as outlined in section 1.4 of the Agreement. If Executive's salary is adjusted, the new then-prevailing adjusted salary shall become the Base Salary, a defined term in the Agreement.

 

 

2.

Target Bonus. Executive's current annual bonus incentive program sets Executive's "target opportunity" bonus on a sliding scale. Currently, 80% of Base Salary is Executive's target bonus if the Company's budget as approved by the Board is fully achieved, with other bonus payouts being owed at varying levels of Company financial performance. Section 1.7(b) of the Agreement is hereby amended such that the minimum Target Bonus shall be 80% of the then-prevailing Base Salary, if the Company's budget is fully achieved. The parties further agree to negotiate annually in good faith the sliding scale of varying payouts based on varying levels of performance. However, Executive acknowledges that the annual bonus shall depend upon achieving the specific business performance targets set in advance of each fiscal year by the Board at its sole discretion, or by the Committee acting in its stead.

 

 

3.

Restricted Stock. In September of 2000, the Board and the Committee voted Executive additional Restricted Shares in the amount of 3,750 shares vesting July 29, 2002 and 3,750 shares vesting July 29, 2003. Such shares shall be subject to the provisions of Section 1.8 of the Agreement. It is the intent of the parties that additional grants of Restricted Shares shall be granted to Executive at a later date if his service to the Company extends beyond fiscal 2003, however such future grants shall be at the sole discretion of the Board. All such restricted share grants shall vest upon termination of the Agreement due to Disability, Death, Termination Without Cause, or Constructive Termination Without Cause, but not for Termination with Cause (except for previously vested shares) or Voluntary Resignation (except for previously vested shares). In any event, all restricted shares previously or subsequently granted to Executive shall vest immediately on a Change of Control as defined in the Agreement.

 

 

4.

Stock Options. It is the intent of the parties that stock option grants shall be made annually to Executive, however such future grants shall be at the sole discretion of the Board. All stock options previously or subsequently granted to Executive shall vest upon termination of the Agreement due to Disability, Death, Termination Without Cause, or Constructive Termination without Cause but not for Termination with Cause (except for previously vested shares) or Voluntary Resignation (except for previously vested shares). In any event, all stock options previously or subsequently granted to Executive shall immediately vest on a Change of Control as defined in the Agreement.

 

 

5.

Housing for the Convenience of the Company. For practical reasons related to telephone switching equipment, Executive need not maintain an internal Company telephone extension in his residence, as outlined in Section 1.10 of the Agreement. However, Executive must maintain a local Avon telephone extension, an in-home fax, and a personal computer provided by the Company, such that Executive can be immediately available by phone, fax or email to the Company on a 24-hour-per-day basis. All other requirements imposed upon Executive under the provisions of Section 1.10 of the Agreement continue in effect unchanged.

 

 

6.

Constructive Termination Without Cause. The following shall be added as a permissable trigger for Executive to resign for good reason and shall be added to the Agreement as Section 5.5 (a) (vii) "Any failure by the Company to convey within 30 days after written request any of the vested benefits outlined in sections A, B, C or D above."

 

 

7.

(a) Voluntary Resignation After A Change of Control. For a period not less than six months and not more than twenty-four months after a Change of Control, Executive may resign voluntarily for any reason but such resignation shall be considered a Constructive Termination Without Cause. In such an event, Executive shall be entitled to all payments detailed in Section 5.5 of the Agreement in addition to any other vested benefits, including but not limited to vested shares, vested options, vested real estate (including but not limited to the Residence, the Lot, and Lot 99), and vested club membership benefits (included but not limited to the Memberships).

 

 

 

(b) Resignation/Termination (Even for Cause) After A Change of Control. After a Change of Control, no previously vested compensation or benefits of any kind including but not limited to earned salary, pro-rata earned bonus, fringe benefits, restricted shares, stock options, real estate or club memberships shall be forfeited due to a resignation or termination for any reason, including even Voluntary Resignation or Termination for Cause.

 

 

8.

Failure to Pay/Convey Owed Severance/Benefits. If Executive has previously resigned, or has been Terminated for any reason, and if the Company fails to pay or convey within 60 days of written request (such request to be made within 120 days of resignation or termination) any appropriately-owed severance payments or other benefits including but not limited to earned salary, pro-rata earned bonus, earned fringe benefits, vested restricted shares, vested stock options, vested real estate or vested club memberships (collectively "Severance Benefits"), then such resignation shall be treated as if Constructive Termination Without Cause had occurred. In such an event, Executive shall be entitled to all payments detailed in Section 5.5 of the Agreement in addition to any other of the non-paid or non-conveyed Severance Benefits. Severance Benefits shall be as described in the applicable sub-section of section 5 of the Agreement as amended herein with respect to vested options, shares, real estate and club memberships.

Except as amended hereby, the provisions of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect with no amendment or modification thereto other than as set forth herein. The amendments agreed to above shall be additive to the Agreement, and all the terms of the Agreement and the amendments above shall be in effect. To the extent, there is conflict between the provisions of these documents, this amendment shall govern.

The signature below of Executive and the Company's General Counsel will make these amendments binding on both the Company and the Executive.

Agreed and Accepted:

 

 

 

Adam M. Aron

Executive

 

 

Martha Rehm

Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Vail Resorts, Inc.


EX-10 5 secondamendment.htm EXHIBIT 10.14(C)

Exhibit 10.14(c)

 

SECOND AMENDMENT TO

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT OF

ADAM M. ARON,

AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

OF VAIL RESORTS, INC.

 

THIS SECOND AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT is made and entered into this 29th day of July, 2003, by and between Vail Resorts, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Company"), and Adam M. Aron ("Executive").

WHEREAS, Company and Executive are parties to an employment agreement dated July 29, 1996, which employment agreement was amended by letter agreement dated February 13, 1997 and further amended by an amendment to employment agreement dated as of May 1, 2001 (together, with this Second Amendment to Employment Agreement, the "Employment Agreement"); and

WHEREAS, Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment Agreement to comply with the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which precludes loans to executive officers.

NOW, THEREFORE, Company and Executive, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:

The first paragraph under Section C, Bachelor Gulch Lot 99 Loan Forgiveness, of the amendment to employment agreement shall be deleted in its entirety and revised to read as follows:

C. Bachelor Gulch Lot 99

The Company and Executive have separately entered into a purchase and sale agreement (the "Bachelor Gulch Purchase") which provides for Executive to acquire Lot 99 in the Company's Bachelor Gulch Development ("Lot 99"), as well as a Bachelor Gulch Club Membership. In the event Executive elects to purchase Lot 99, and Executive remains employed with the Company through the Vesting Date, Company will provide Executive with a one-time bonus in the amount of $659,750 for such purchase (including closing costs and transfer assessment fees), which bonus will be paid at the time of the closing of the Lot 99 purchase.

 

The remaining paragraphs under Section C of the Amendment to Employment Agreement shall remain unchanged.

Except as amended hereby, the provisions of the Employment Agreement shall remain in full force and effect with no amendment or modification thereto other than as set forth herein. The amendment agreed to above shall be additive to the Employment Agreement, and, except as revised herein, all other terms of the Employment Agreement and the amendment above shall be in effect. To the extent there is conflict among the documents comprising the Employment Agreement, this Second Amendment to Employment Agreement shall govern.

The signature of the Committee's Chairman signifies his concurrence that the above accurately reflects the Committee's understanding. Countersignatures by the Company's General Counsel and Executive shall make this Second Amendment to Employment Agreement binding on the Company and Executive.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have set their hands as of the day and year first above written.

COMPANY:

VAIL RESORTS, INC.

 

By: ________________________________

MARTHA DUGAN REHM

Senior Vice President and

General Counsel

 

EXECUTIVE:

 

____________________________________

ADAM M. ARON

 

APPROVED:

 

________________________

Rob Katz, Chairman,

Compensation Committee