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Best ski resort owners

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Who are the best ski resort owners? If you had to recommend a resort(s) soley based on ownership, who would it be?

I pick the Meullers who own Okemo, Mt Sunapee(lease from NH) and Crested Butte. Would love to hear some feedback regarding CB, their latest acquisition.
post #2 of 28
Tim and Diane have done a great job here in the east. I will also add the Co-op at Mad River Glen, they keep the skiers best interest.
post #3 of 28
The Meullers are a great team to work with!

Terry
post #4 of 28
Boyne... for their decent upgrading of Crystal Mountain.
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ski nose popsicle
Boyne... for their decent upgrading of Crystal Mountain.
The employees at Big Sky I have talked to are not very happy about Boyne ownership.
post #6 of 28
Alta Ski Lifts Inc.
post #7 of 28

second that..

From what I have seen, the people who run Alta have it together. The employees seem to have a good attitude and from what I can tell, seem to believe that they are well treated. There are a lot of people who have worked there for a long time.

I don't know the owners, but I think I would enjoy meeting them.
post #8 of 28
The Howatt's, owners of Mt. Baker, are good people.

As a former employee of Boyne at Big Sky, I can easily say they suck. Just look at all the recent lawsuits Boyne filed against Moonlight Basin. Almost everything has been resolved, but only because they came to their senses and realized they were no longer the only game in town.
post #9 of 28
Aaron and Jen Brill at Silverton get my vote.

I've heard great things about Joe Vujovich of Moonlight Basin (I believe there's two other partners as well) and the owner of Maverick Mountain. I'll echo the sentiments about Alta since the two employees I know there are really happy.
post #10 of 28
Okay, I retract on boyne..... wish that they were better. It's all big business. I love crystal mountain though.


the folks that own powder mountain must be cool, resisting change all these years.
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
Alot of people love Boyne, the original mountains. I think it is fair to say that the opinions of guests/skiers versus employees can be totally opposite of eachother. Maybe this is the case for many of the multi resort owners. So your opinion depends on your perspective.
post #12 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by BakerBoy
The Howatt's, owners of Mt. Baker, are good people.
No doubt that the Howatts are a great family. However, they don't own the place do they? I thought someone else owns at least the majority and the Howatts run it.
post #13 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stan from Pa
From what I have seen, the people who run Alta have it together. The employees seem to have a good attitude and from what I can tell, seem to believe that they are well treated. There are a lot of people who have worked there for a long time.

I don't know the owners, but I think I would enjoy meeting them.
Alta Ski Lifts is a corporation with private shareholder ownership. The business is run strictly on a cash flow basis. No loans. New lifts & improvements are paid in cash.
post #14 of 28
Easy answer: Dave McCoy at Mammoth. But that era ended yesterday.
post #15 of 28
What are we name droppers here? Who gets up close and personal with the Resort owners? What the f@$k!

Oh, I think the owners of Snowbird are so nice. I ski with them all the time.

Ya
post #16 of 28
McCoy's at Mammoth!!......Oh wait, it just sold to an investment group who hopefully will not suck it dry to build their high rise hotels. I fear for their skier services and mountain operations. If you are a skier this mountain rocks but more and more budget cuts and "streamlining" may be the demise of what So. Cal. skiers have loved and appreciated from Dave and the gang for many years. We will miss your influence Dave.

p.s. to above:

Dave and Roma McCoy, when they were a little younger used to ski almost every day and were very friendly with the skiers. Fortunately for some people we have got to know and appreciate some of the resort owners! pl@#*$&#^
post #17 of 28
Whoever owns Alpine Meadows have to be the worst owners ever! I was never treated so poorly in my entire life. I still need to post an entire thread about how poorly I was treated but alas I don't have the time.
post #18 of 28
What are we name droppers here? Who gets up close and personal with the Resort owners? What the f@$k!



Lars, why are you always so pissed off?




post #19 of 28
After skiing over 4.5 million vertical at Mammoth since 1978, and after skiing 114 other locations I have formed an opinion about the quality of its operations. And I've never heard anything from those who know Dave McCoy to contradict that impression.

Agree about Alpine Meadows. These are the same people who creatively report snow at Park City and, according to a high school classmate who has lived in Bend since 1980, have considerably degraded Mt. Bachelor since taking over in 2003.
post #20 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by bunion
What are we name droppers here? Who gets up close and personal with the Resort owners? What the f@$k!



Lars, why are you always so pissed off?
Maybe because of stupid posts like that?:
post #21 of 28
mad river glen. how can you have better owners than the skiers that actually ski the place every single week? owners that specifically voted for a low capacity chairlift to preserve the mountain and the experience. the owners of mad river are the antithesis to nearly every resort in the country.
post #22 of 28

silverton

i canĀ“t believe aaron and jen brill of silverton only have one vote. their mountain is one of the best in north america, they work 24/7/365 and where else can you go and ski with one of the owners all day then wonder if you should tip them?
post #23 of 28
20-30 years from now we'll be in a better position to evaluate the Brill's performance at Silverton. It's very early, and according the the thread here http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ight=silverton there are still some growing pains.

Dave McCoy founded Mammoth with probably fewer resources than the Brills had and built it to most popular mountain in North America by the 1970's. And while visits declined in the late 80's/early 90's due to SoCal economic and demographic factors the mountain itself remained a first-class operation during that time. A 60-year track record that is hard to dispute.
post #24 of 28
Perhaps the most enlightened managment of any ski resort is Deer Valley. They treat employees very well and have one of the highest employee retention rates in the industry. They are also known for spending more per skier then any other resort.
post #25 of 28
I used to see Dave Mccoy skiing and talking to peaple on the runs near chair 1 at Mammoth on a regular basis. The latest was 1999 which would have made him about 84-85 yrs old. He could have skied more recently but I haven't skied that side for a few years. Very classy guy.
post #26 of 28
I like the Slutsky brothers who own Hunter. How often do you see owners out in the parking lot picking up trash.
post #27 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I like the Slutsky brothers who own Hunter. How often do you see owners out in the parking lot picking up trash.
Maybe that's because they're too cheap to hire anyone.:
post #28 of 28
I'm going to throw in a kind word for the Crowley family that runs Wachusett. I hear some people bash them but I think's just because they are jeolous. They're an old money family; soft drink company been in business for >100 years. So, sure they grew up with every advanage and when I ski area became available they had the money to buy it. But they've done great job with it and expanded it against much opposition. THey are nice friendly people. you see them on the slopers and they talk to you on the lift. On crowded Sundays I'll seem them scooping chile in the cafe or busing trays just like the high-school kids who work there. Rich people don't have to do that sort of thing but they do because they take care of their mountain. Heck, I think they are all right. It ain't their fault they were born rich.
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