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Vail Resorts: New leader sought for Beaver Creek

Vail ResortsJohn Garnsey Garnsey was appointed co-president of Vail Resorts mountain division in September 2008.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – John Garnsey will no longer serve as Beaver Creek’s chief operating officer, Vail Resorts said Thursday.

Garnsey will remain co-president of the Mountain Division of Vail Resorts, overseeing Vail and Beaver Creek. His office is moving from Beaver Creek to Avon’s Seasons Building.

Vail Resorts will hire a general manager to oversee Beaver Creek’s day-to-day operations, CEO Rob Katz said in an e-mail to employees. The company will begin its search within the company, Katz said.

The change to Garnsey’s job description was one of several announced by Katz on Thursday.

“These changes will allow some of our key leaders to have greater capacity to participate in our strategic efforts, and will give opportunities for other individuals to take on new and larger roles within the company,” Katz wrote in the e-mail.

Garnsey will continue to be heavily involved with Beaver Creek as the transition is made, said Kelly Ladyga, spokeswoman for Vail Resorts.

Garnsey was appointed co-president of the mountain division in September 2008. Earlier that year, he was named chief operating officer of Beaver Creek and executive vice president.

Before that, he served as president of the Vail Valley Foundation from 1991 to 1999. He was executive vice president of the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek and was in charge of the successful bid to bring the 1999 championships back to Eagle County. He joined the Vail Valley Foundation in 1984 as vice president.

Blaise Carrig, who has served as both co-president of the Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division overseeing Heavenly, Keystone and Breckenridge, as well as chief operating officer at Heavenly, will give up the latter role. He will move to Colorado and work from the company’s Broomfield headquarters.

Heavenly is also hiring a general manager.

“We’re providing two opportunities to promote new resort leaders from within, and by taking the first big step to general manager, under the guidance of John and Blaise, they can grow into chief operating officers,” Ladyga said.

In other moves, longtime executive Jeff Jones, who now holds the titles of senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, will oversee Vail Resorts Development Company. That entity has developed or has plans to develop such local projects as the Arrabelle at Vail Square, the Ritz-Carlton Vail and Ever Vail. Vice President Nick Buchanan will oversee Eagle County matters for the development company.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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