Vail Resorts announces Whistler Blackcomb layoffs

Around 60 positions will be eliminated

Vail Resorts is eliminating 60 positions at Whistler Blackcomb (WB).

In an email sent to employees on Wednesday (Nov. 16), Dave Brownlie, COO at WB, said the company identified around 60 positions in IT, finance and accounting and marketing, sales and communications that will be cut because Vail Resorts employees in the Colorado corporate office are already doing them. The cuts come on the heels of Vail Resorts purchasing WB for $1.4-billion in a deal that was finalized on Oct. 17.

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"We did know that there would e some areas where the corporate efforts of the two companies would be duplicative and certain positions would be impacted," Brownlie said, in the letter. "It is also important for you to know that there are no planned changes in other areas of resort operations including: mountain operations and maintenance, guest services, rental/retail, food and beverage, snow school or employee experience."

Major changes to leadership include:

  • Stuart Rempel, WB senior vice president of marketing and sales, leaving his position on Dec. 2, 2016
  • Jeremy Black, senior vice president and chief financial officer, also leave on Dec. 2, 2016
  • Karla Grenon, general manager of marketing, will oversee WB brand, creative and content development and product marketing
  • Flora Ferraro, vice president of finance, will oversee the resort finance activities for WB
  • Ian Jenkins, general manager of sales, will take a new role overseeing international sales efforts for all Vail Resorts
  • David Wilcox, will take on the role of senior manager of treasury and strategic development analyst for all of Vail Resorts

The changes are not taking effect until after the 2016/17 ski season in May 2017. The letter also said that those who have lost their jobs could potentially find opportunities at other Vail locations in North America. Currently, there are 43 openings across the country, including eight at Whistler Blackcomb. "The company will pay relocation and/or visa costs for anyone who is a good fit for these roles," Brownlie said.

He concluded: "At the end of the day, these decisions were not made lightly or without serious consideration and we do recognize how challenging these types of decisions and changes can be."

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