Vail celebrates ‘Sarge’ Brown on Saturday |

Vail celebrates ‘Sarge’ Brown on Saturday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Bill "Sarge" Brown was the mountain manager at Vail for many years. A retired Army senior sergeant major, Brown demanded that his Vail employees be on time, well groomed and dressed neatly.

VAIL, Colorado – For more than 25 years William R. “Sarge” Brown shaped Vail Mountain into what it is now, as manager of the slopes. His advancements in snowmaking, grooming and trail-cutting were considered cutting edge.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday Vail Resorts will celebrate Brown’s life and contribution to Vail Mountain at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. It is open to the public, and the Vail Valley community is encouraged to attend the service.

“Sarge is recognized for setting the bar for mountain operations for Vail and Beaver Creek, a standard of perfection which the resorts still aspire to today,” said John Garnsey, executive vice president of Vail Resorts Mountain Division and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. “We are deeply saddened by his loss and will honor his legacy.”

Brown passed away in his home on Sept. 14. This is the first winter that Vail has experienced without him in nearly 40 years.

Guests are expected to park in the Vail Village parking structure. A special town bus will shuttle people to the amphitheater from the top deck of the parking structure between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The bus will return guests to the structure after the service from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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