Bill Jensen joining Telluride ski resort as CEO, partner
The Denver Post
DENVER — Bill Jensen, former top executive at Vail Mountain, is joining Telluride Ski and Golf Resort as both a partner and chief executive officer.
Jensen, who helmed Intrawest from 2008 through 2014 and spent 11 years as an executive with Vail Resorts, joins Telluride resort owner Chuck Horning as a partner. That ownership stake is expected to deliver stability to the resort, which has seen several management veterans — including Dave Riley and most recently Greg Pack — come and go since Horning, who has played an active role in steering the ski area, bought it in 2003.
“I wasn’t going to come here just to be the next guy,” said Jensen, describing his and his wife Cheryl’s ownership stake as “meaningful enough.” “I’m proud and happy that Chuck gave me that opportunity. My sense of it was that it wasn’t that hard for him. He knows he needed to get that stability. The staff, which is just incredible, they want security and they want certainty.”
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