Vail Resorts Cuts 42 from Canyons Staff

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SAM Magazine—Park City, Utah, June 26, 2013—Vail Resorts (VR) has laid off 42 full-time employees at Canyons, many of them at the department manager level or higher, as it consolidates staff at Canyons Resort here. VR signed a lease agreement to manage Canyons just a month ago.

In a prepared statement, VR spokeswoman Kelly Ladyga said, “We have reviewed Canyons’ organizational structure to determine any necessary changes in order to create alignment with our other mountain resorts and entities to ensure operating efficiencies moving forward.”

Recognizing the impact the layoffs might have, VR said in its statement, "The loss of jobs, no matter how small the number of people impacted, is always difficult and is not something that we take lightly."

The statement continued, “We are hiring the vast majority of Canyons employees and look forward to having them join the Vail Resorts team effective July 1. As we announced earlier, Mike Goar will remain as Canyons general manager, and most of the current senior leadership team have been asked to join Vail Resorts.” Canyons has a total workforce of 1,800 at peak times, but far fewer full-time employees, so the 42 layoffs impact a significant minority of the former year-round staff.

Staff cuts were widely anticipated. After VR’s lease agreement with Talisker was signed, mountain division president Blaise Carrig met with Canyons employees in Park City to reassure them that most would keep their jobs. However, at the same time, he suggested VR would assess staffing levels.

According to The Snow Industry Letter, industry sources said that marketing VPs Todd Burnette and Andy Finn, senior IT head Mike Chase, ski school director Barry Stout, and risk manager Kathy Ehlers were among those laid off.


good for all

The canyons deal will be good for all. people like Step and repeat, that have ''been around'' pretend that park city isnt already disney land. Park City is not a local mountain like snowbowl in missoula Montana. It has been hollywood since its opening. Vail will run things properly, and i cannot wait until vail starts running Park City Mountain Resort. Vail coming in means we are closer to all three resorts joining together--which is something DV PC and Canyons candy asses should have done a long time ago. smh


Because none of these ski areas need experienced managers. Just hire some kid from straight out of College. In 10-15 years they will be too expensive so start the process over. Right about the time they know what they are doing.

Steamboat as well

Top down.....

Definitely needed at WP

Definitely needed at Winter Park, time to do something

sounds like what is needed at

sounds like what is needed at Winter Park.

Hey when you got a $25 mil

Hey when you got a $25 mil rent check due mid level management has to be streamlined

Why not make changes, those

Why not make changes, those in power have been failing year after year and it is time for the good old boys club to get an upgrade. There are many in the club that are great for the mountain, but many more that need to go.

Why the long face?

Can't you see that Vail is a "job creator" and that this is good especially for stockholders? Kudos, well done.


The Canyons is a truly unique place that provides has provided great service in its need to compete with Deer Valley, and Park City and the town of Park City. Clearly its getting a Harvard MBA consultant make over by folks who winter in Florida. Vail resort are very self contained and provide a very different management problems.

Step and repeat

Classic Vail Resorts. Buy a resort, come in and gut the long time management and bring in a bunch of kids at 25% of what the existing management team was making. The new staff will never be able to afford to buy home of make a living wage. Watched them gut some of the best people in the industry in Tahoe, first Heavenly, then Northstar then Kirkwood. Watch them suck the soul out of every ski town they're involved with. Shame on you Vail, all the bull shit about being a good steward of the community. Not