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VR exec leaves ski company

Cliff Thompson

For the second time in a decade Vail Resorts and Jim Mandel have parted company.

The first time, in 1999, Mandel left the company after being its general counsel for five years, but he returned after a 90-day hiatus to take a new position as senior vice-president of development for Vail Resorts, a position which he held until Wednesday.

The company and Mandel Thursday afternoon were being tight-lipped about his departure. Mandel did not comment and Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kelly Ladyga was similarly reticent in her comments.

The Daily secured a copy of an internal company memorandum issued Wednesday which stated Mandel’s employment with Vail Resorts had been terminated and that his position would not be replaced.

No other staff reductions have been announced. Over the last two years, Vail Resorts has downsized and has eliminated more than 100 positions, including that of company president Andy Daly in Oct. 2002; another vice president, Porter Wharton, earlier that year; as well as consolidating dozens of other positions.

Mandel did say he and his wife Mindy, who has been a ski instructor with the company for eight years, will stay in Eagle County. They live on Bellyache Ridge south of Wolcott.

Most recently Mandel took over the stalled land swap involving land in west Avon and at Vassar Meadows south of Eagle. The company filed a zoning plan for a 40 acre-parcel with the town two weeks ago. That land swap was first proposed 32 months ago.

Prior to working for Vail Resorts, Mandel worked for the Denver law firm of Holme, Roberts and Owen.

Cliff Thompson can be reached via e-mail at: cthompson@vaildaily.com or by calling 949-0555 ext. 450.

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