Mike Jackson Named Director of Mountain Planning for Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort

02 April 2015
Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, announced today the appointment of Mike Jackson to the position of director of mountain planning for Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort. Jackson will assume responsibility for Tom Allender who has been involved in mountain planning at Vail since 1979 and will officially retire at the end of the year. Jackson began transitioning into the role on March 9 and is responsible for annual operating plans with the U.S. Forest Service, environmental permitting, on-mountain planning and a myriad of other duties associated with the resorts.
"We are excited to have Mike on board as the new director of mountain planning for Vail and Beaver Creek following Tom Allender’s retirement at the end of the year,” said Tim Beck, vice president of mountain development at Vail Resorts. “Tom has had a truly distinguished career at Vail Resorts for more than 35 years and will help to ensure a smooth transition for this important role at the resorts. Given Mike's familiarity with the company, the Vail Valley, and the local and regional governing bodies, he is the perfect person to take on this role."
Jackson has more than 20 years of experience as a resort planner for more than 50 resorts worldwide in the United States, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Australia and South America. Most recently he held the position of senior project manager at Battle Mountain Resort in Minturn, Colo. where his role consisted of mountain and master development planning; feasibility studies; recreational development; local, state and federal environmental permitting; sustainable development; and construction management. Jackson has a long history with Vail Resorts including previous work as an intern for the resort planning department and as a resort planner at Vail in the mid- to late-‘90s.
Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.  
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.


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