editors note: Northstar-at-Tahoe brings back some amazing memories for me. I was a ski instructor there in the mid nineties and it is a fantastic ski school. But the best part for all of us back then was the cutting edge ‘parks.’ Yes, believe it or not Northstar was one of the first mountains to have full runs dedicated to jumps, strategically places moguls the size of volkswagons, and other features you could ride, ski, jump, jib and have a great time on. Now they have the incredible village at the base of the hill and if you haven’t been there yet, check it out! It’s a great summer place too…
BROOMFIELD, Colo.-Nov. 17, 2010-Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced the appointment of Bill Rock as the new chief operating officer of Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Rock will assume responsibility for all mountain and village operations associated with Northstar-at-Tahoe and will report directly to Blaise Carrig, co-president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division.
“Bill brings 14 years of experience in the mountain resort industry, including mountain operations, lodging, real estate development, association management, municipal services and commercial real estate. Bill has a deep understanding of how to drive both guest service and profitability in the mountain resort business, as well as how to develop strong community partnerships. I am confident that with Bill’s leadership, we will drive performance and growth for Northstar in the years to come,” said Carrig.
From 2003-3005, Rock was chief operating officer and general manager of Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado, where he grew resort revenue, introduced two new season pass products to increase ticket revenue and implemented new service standards that resulted in increased guest satisfaction scores. He held several leadership positions in lodging and golf operations, human resources and sales at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont from 1998-2003. Rock began his career in the mountain resort industry at Bristol Mountain Resort in Canandaigua, N.Y., directing marketing and sales for the ski resort from 1996-1998. Rock was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1987-1990. He received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in 1987.
Rock joins Vail Resorts from Intrawest’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort in W.V., where he was president and chief operating officer since 2005. He also has simultaneously served as president of Intrawest Spain since 2009, overseeing operations of the Madrid SnowZone. At Snowshoe, Rock was responsible for significantly growing resort revenue, increasing guest satisfaction scores and developing strong community partnerships.
Northstar is host to a new base area village featuring 35 unique shops and restaurants in more than 100,000 square feet of commercial retail space, a conference center, a 9,000-square-foot skating rink, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sports paradise, the mountain offers 19 lifts, 93 ski trails spread across 3,000 acres, snowmaking that covers 50 percent of the ski trails, seven terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more. During the 2009-2010 ski season, Northstar-at-Tahoe saw more than 700,000 skier visits.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and in the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.