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Resort landowners have new chief

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The person now helping oversee construction of a golf course at The Canyons is familiar to those who work to conserve open space in Summit County.

Former Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Jennifer Guetschow now heads the Resort Village Management Association at The Canyons, which is commonly known as the RVMA.

When Guetschow left the conservancy the group held conservation easements on about 1,800 acres of land in Summit County, Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Cheryl Fox said.

"[Guetschow] oversaw the organization through a really interesting growth period," Fox said. "That’s always difficult for an organization to go from being essentially a startup to fulfilling the mission that we wanted to fulfill. There were a lot of challenges in those early days and she was the director through a lot of it."

Guetschow is a former Summit County planner, Fox said.

"She has a real strong land use background," Fox said.

She said Guetschow’s experience also afforded her the "people skills" necessary to coordinate about 25 different landowners at The Canyons, some of whom are suing each other

"Working with a non-profit organization and non-profit board involves a lot of good people skills, let’s put it that way," Fox said.

Officials at The Canyons remain committed to completing the 18-hole, semi-private course, said Tim Vetter, a vice president at the resort.

Talisker Corp. became the master developer at The Canyons when the Toronto-based firm purchased the resort this year from the American Skiing Company.

Guetschow replaced JoAnne Nadalin in the RVMA post.

"[Nadalin] has done a tremendous job for The Canyons as the RVMA director over the past several years and her energy and dedication will be missed," Vetter said, adding that Nadalin moved with her family to Colorado.

Nadalin’s last day at the RVMA was July 31 and Guetschow was hired about five months ago to work with her, Vetter said.

"We are still working through the process of securing all the land required for the golf course and to clear the legal hurdles that have been placed in the way," Vetter said, adding that construction will begin "as soon as possible."


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