Vail trims staff at Canyons |

Vail trims staff at Canyons

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record

Vail Resorts has consolidated a number of staff positions as part of its takeover of the management of Canyons Resort.

As a result, according to Vail spokesperson Kelly Ladyga, 42 positions out of a total workforce of 1,800 at Canyons Resort were eliminated on Monday.

In an email to The Park Record, Ladyga stated, "The loss of jobs, no matter how small the number of people impacted, is always difficult and is not something that we take lightly."

She emphasized that most of the resort’s other employees would be retained and will officially become Vail Resorts employees on July 1. Ladyga explained that the changes were implemented to "create alignment with our other mountain resorts and entities to ensure operating efficiencies moving forward."

Mike Goar will continue as general manager of Canyons Resort.

On May 29, Vail Resorts announced that it had leased operations of Canyons from Talisker Corporation. The current lease hands operation of the resort over to Vail for a term of 50 years for approximately $25 million per year. Vail also has the option to renew the lease in 50 year increments. When the announcement was made, Blaise Carrig, an executive at Vail, met with Canyons employees in Park City to reassure them that most would keep their jobs but alluded to the need to reassess some staffing levels.

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