Yes, it was a shame about Andy. He and I have been friends for well over a decade, long before he came to work for the Evil Empire. But I'm sure he will land on his feet. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
And as for saving the ski area a few bucks- how about canning Adam Aron? That would save over $500K to start, plus the obscene bonuses he makes, especially when all of the other managers (who really do the work) get nothing. He has not demonstratably added or provided anything to VR that wasn't already there.
Am I biting the hand that feeds me? You might say that, except it is my efforts, and those of many thousands of others like me who feed the company. Vail is probably one of the better places for me to work, but I just give the company a bit of what it gives it's employees. I will continue to do and be the very best that I can for my guests, not because the company demands it, but rather because my guests deserve it! And at the risk of sounding egotistical, if I were to move to Copper or Deer Valley, 80% of MY clients would go with me. Just like they moved to Vail with me when I left Tahoe.
And as to casting aspersions toward a select few who reside in NY-. Have you ever met Leon Black, Craig Cogut, or any of the other owners of Vail? Oh, yes. Vail is publicly traded. But not the shares that count. All of the preferred stock is still held by a very few individuals. They are not even allowed to sell it to normal folk like you and I. Buy all the common stock you want, and see if you ever get a vote. In the IPO, Apollo Partners cleared considerably more than they paid to buy Vail from Gillette's bankruptcy, and they still OWN 51% of the company!
I have a really hard time feeling sorry for Apollo...
But I do feel sorry for Vail. Apollo (et al) has succeeded in driving away some of the most influential leaders in the entire ski industry. Chris Ryman, Mike Porter, Andy Daly, to name a few. These are some of the names which have represented high standards, integrity, and most importantly, the true SOUL of skiing in Vail's history, along with those who will forever be missed, such as Pete Siebert and his peers.
The heart is still beating, but the soul is becoming quiet...
PS- Just got a company email, supposedly from Aron. Not including the real estate (we'd never want to count that), Vail's profit was 7-8 million for the last fiscal year...
How much did they lose???[ November 03, 2002, 05:19 PM: Message edited by: vail snopro ]