Layoffs confirmed at Steamboat Ski Area
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado Steamboat Ski Area has laid off an unspecified number of resort workers, and Intrawest, owner of the Colorado ski area, will make an announcement today about layoffs, according to several recent news reports.In Steamboat, a spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, but did not provide additional details.Officials at nearby Copper Mountain, also owned by Intrawest, could not be reached early in the day to comment on whether there will be any layoffs at the local ski area.Intrawest also has a management and real estate stake in Winter Park. The company refinanced a $1.7 billion loan last month but didn’t announce any cuts at the time.Outside finance analysts who cover Intrawest said the refinancing deal could force the company to do some belt-tightening.At Intrawest headquarters in Vancouver, corporate communications director Ian Galbraith said the the company would issue a release by the end of the day. Galbraith did not confirm the Steamboat layoffs and said that Intrawest had not spoken with either the Steamboat Pilot & Today, or KUSA Channel 9, the two outlets that reported the layoffs.Former Vail Mountain chief operating officer Bill Jensen is now chief executive at Intrawest. Overall, a deteriorating national economy has trickled down to Colorado. Statewide, the unemployment rate was at 5.2 percent as of the end of September. Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.