Vail Mountain fills executive slots
VAIL, Colorado Vail Mountain announced Thursday that is has filled three top executive positions in Vail, Colorado.Paul Fillion has been named senior director of mountain operations, Jeff Babb has been named director of resort operations, and Pete Sonntag has been named director of the Vail Snowsports School.As senior director of mountain operations, Fillion will oversee Vails snowmaking, grooming, lift operations, lift maintenance, ski patrol, mountain information and community guest services, racing and special event and terrain parks.Pauls years of experience, strong leadership skills and dedication to operating the largest resort in North America at the highest standards make his progression a natural fit, said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Vail Mountain. His passion for Vail and lifelong enthusiasm for the mountains will undoubtedly help continue to move Vail forward as a leader in the ski industry.Fillion began his career on the trail crew at Bretton Woods Ski Area in New Hampshire and later worked in snowmaking and summer operations at Waterville Valley. He joined Vail Mountain in 1982 as supervisor of snowmaking, and has since directed the resorts snowmaking and grooming operations. He has also been in charge of vehicle maintenance and summer repairs. Babb, named director of resort operations, will oversee manage be Vails base areas, security, mountain services and environmental efforts. He also will be the mountains day-to-day liaison with the town of Vail on issues such as parking and transportation.Babb moved to Vail in 1986 from El Paso, Texas, and began his Vail Mountain career at in lift operations. He has also worked in lift maintenance, ski patrol, special events, and guest services.Jeff has been successful every step of the way as weve added one responsibility after another to his plate, Jarnot said He has been particularly effective over the past few years in managing our base areas through significant redevelopment, including major construction and the transition of opening our new facilities at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village and at the in Lionshead at the Arrabelle and in Lionshead Center.Since 2007, Sonntag has been the director of the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School. He began his career in the mountains as a retail tech at a ski shop in Vail in 1984, working summers at the Beaver Creek Golf Course. From 1990 until 1998, was an instructor at Beaver Creek and a member of the Vail/Beaver Creek demo team. In 2003, Pete became the ski school director for Copper Mountain. He returned to Vail Resorts in 2005 for two seasons as director of skier services at Keystone. The experience and perspective that Pete brings to Vail, having lead the ski school function at several resorts, will be an enormous asset, which were excited to add to our leadership team, Jarnot said. For more information about Vail Mountain visit http://www.vail.com.