Vail Resorts announces new mountain division leadership

LUDLOW, Vt. – Vail Resorts announced Friday, Aug. 23 that Executive Vice President Chris Jarnot will step down from his role, following an impressive 34-year career with Vail Resorts. Jarnot was appointed executive vice president of the company’s mountain division in December 2016 with oversight of its five Colorado resorts and Perisher in Australia.

Jarnot will remain in his current role through the end of 2019 to help ensure a seamless transition. With Jarnot’s transition, and in anticipation of the closing of the Peak Resorts acquisition, the company has announced new regional leadership roles to support Vail Resorts’ growing global portfolio.

Among the multiple changes to leadership across the mountain divisions, Doug Pierini, currently chief operating officer of Okemo Mountain Resort, will continue to oversee the company’s three Northeast resorts and will now have oversight of the three Midwest resorts, as well as the 17 Peak Resorts’ ski areas in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest, pending closing of the Peak Resorts transaction. The acquisition is expected to close this fall.

In addition, Bruce Schmidt, currently general manager of Mt. Sunapee Resort, will become the general manager of Okemo Mountain Resort.

Pierini joined Vail Resorts in 2010 as vice president of skier services at Breckenridge. He was appointed as general manager of Kirkwood in 2016, and chief operating officer of Okemo, with oversight over Stowe Mountain Resort and Mt. Sunapee, in 2018.

Schmidt joined Vail Resorts in 2018 as a part of company’s acquisition of Okemo. He had been with Okemo for more than 30 years, 14 in the role of general manager, prior to becoming general manager of Mt. Sunapee in 2018.

The announced leadership changes will go into effect ahead of the 2019-20 ski season. The process to fill the open leadership roles at Keystone and Kirkwood will begin immediately, while the process to fill the Mt. Sunapee leadership role will begin after the close of the Peak Resorts acquisition.

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