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Lovell takes top Vail Resorts post at Beaver Creek

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – A familiar face is returning to Beaver Creek to head up its operations.Vail Resorts has named Doug Lovell as its chief operating officer and vice president of Beaver Creek.The change comes after former Beaver Creek chief operating officer John Garnsey was given greater responsibilities within the company. Garnsey gave up the position of chief operating officer but still oversees Vail and Beaver Creek as co-president of the Mountain Division.Lovell has been vice president and chief operating officer of Keystone Resort since October 2009, and prior to that, vice president of mountain operations for the resort since 2007. Prior to moving over to Keystone, Lovell had been director of mountain operations for Beaver Creek since 2005.He began his ski career at Beaver Creek in 1994, having held various operations positions ranging from snowmaker controller, ski patroller and guest services supervisor before being promoted to mountain operations manager at the resort. Prior to joining Beaver Creek, Lovell worked in marketing, sales and finance in Denver, Boston and Loveland, Texas.”I’m very excited that Doug is coming back to Beaver Creek where he cut his teeth in the ski industry,” Garnsey said. “I’ve worked closely with him for many years, both while he was here at Beaver Creek as well as at Keystone, and I have tremendous respect for his operations knowledge and experience and his focus on guest service. I am confident that Doug will continue to uphold the high standards of excellence for which Beaver Creek is recognized worldwide.”

Meanwhile, Pete Sonntag, director of the Vail Snowsports School since 2009, has been promoted to the position of vice president and general manager of Heavenly Mountain Resort.From 2007-2009 he was director of the Ski & Snowboard School for Beaver Creek Resort and from 2005-2007, director of skier services at Keystone Resort. He began his ski career as a supervisor and private lesson manager for the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School in 2000 and was promoted to adult ski and snowboard school director in 2001. Sonntag spent from 2003-2005 as director of the ski & ride school for Copper Mountain Resort.”I’m thrilled to have someone with Pete’s track record in developing innovative on-mountain programming, delivering extraordinary guest experiences and driving revenue growth through the lines of business lead the Heavenly team,” said Blaise Carrig, co-president of the Mountain Division.” His years of experience at Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone bring the knowledge and strategic thinking in creating a complete resort experience, both on and off the mountain. I am confident that under Pete’s leadership, we will continue to drive performance and growth for Heavenly in the future.”