Vail Resorts Names Ogilvie GM of Mt. Brighton

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SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., May 28, 2013—Vail Resorts (VR) has named Taylor Ogilvie as general manager of Mt. Brighton, Mich. He will begin his new position on June 10.

Ogilvie is originally from the Chicago suburbs and grew up skiing in the Midwest. Ogilvie has been a ski instructor at VR and worked his way up through the ranks. Most recently, he was general manager of the Vail Mountain Children and Teen Ski & Ride School in Lionshead.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Taylor's ski resort management experience become general manager of Mt. Brighton," said Eric Simon, VR vice president and GM of urban ski areas. "Taylor has had tremendous success working across all mountain operations and will bring remarkable insight on the Vail Resorts guest experience to Mt. Brighton. Plus, growing up skiing in the Midwest, Taylor understands how special ski areas like Mt. Brighton are, and will work to preserve its legacy and enhance the ski and snowboard experience."

Ogilvie will oversee VR’s $10 million capital improvements at Mt. Brighton this summer. The plan includes:

• improvements in snowmaking, to open the ski resort earlier, extend the season and provide a more consistent and high-quality snow surface
• lift upgrades, including a new quad chairlift; creation of state-of-the-art terrain parks, with extensive new features and rope tows
• upgrading the base area facilities; and
• incorporating VR’s' signature EpicMix and EpicMix Racing technology to personalize the guest experience.

Ogilvie’s appointment increases the number of former ski/ride school directors who currently lead a VR resort to four. He joins Pat Campbell (Breckenridge), Pete Sonntag (Heavenly), and John Buhler (Keystone).