Today, Vail Resorts announced its acquisition of Wilmot Mountain near Chicago, adding to the company’s portfolio of regional resorts in the Midwest. Vail bought Mt. Brighton near Detroit and Afton Alps near Minnesota’s Twin Cities back in 2012. The addition of Wilmot brings Vail up to twelve resorts in Colorado, California, Michigan, Nevada, Utah and Australia. The company will announce specific improvements in March, but today’s release mentions bringing state-of-the-art lifts to Wilmot Mountain. The ski area currently operates eight chairlifts – four doubles, three triples and a quad – built by Riblet, Hall and Borvig in the 1960s and 70s. This is Vail Resorts’ fifth new ski area in three years and it will be interesting to see where they go next.