Executives from Vail Resorts, the Colorado firm that operates Canyons Resort, are scheduled to visit Park City on Wednesday to introduce themselves and the company during an event at the Kimball Art Center.
The chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts, Rob Katz, is expected to lead the contingent. Blaise Carrig, who heads the firm's mountain division, is also anticipated to appear. Carrig once helmed Canyons Resort. The chief marketing officer, the chief people officer and the vice president of public affairs and sustainability are listed as in the group as well. Mike Goar, the general manager of Canyons Resort, will appear alongside the others.
The event is by invitation only and indicates the executives plan to talk about the company's vision and the upcoming ski season. It will be one of the first opportunities for a group of Parkites to hear directly from Katz and the others. Katz visited about a month ago to meet employees at Canyons Resort, Vail Resorts said. Invitations were sent to 300 people, including City Hall officials, County Courthouse leaders and not-for-profit executives.
Vail Resorts last spring reached a long-term agreement with Talisker to operate Canyons Resort. The upcoming ski season will be the first with Vail Resorts running the resort. Vail Resorts is also overseeing the Talisker side of the lawsuit brought by Park City Mountain Resort centered on PCMR's lease of much of its terrain. The PCMR side recently added a Vail Resorts-linked entity as a defendant.
Vail Resorts at the Wednesday event will also name the Park City-area recipients of grants funded through the company's Echo program. The grants are given annually with a focus on organizations that provide youth programs or environmental programs.
The Echo grants are awarded in each market Vail Resorts has a mountain resort. They primarily are given to not-for-profit organizations, but Vail Resorts has also given to educational causes. Vail Resorts typically gives between $6 million and $6.5 million annually, mostly through the Echo grants, across the company. The funding comes from a portion of the company's revenues.
Vail Resorts plans to release information about the next round of Echo grants at the Park City event.