Vail Mountain Announces the Appointment of Three Senior Leadership Positions

14 May 2009



VAIL, Colo.—May 14, 2009—Vail Mountain announced today the appointment of three key leadership positions. Paul Fillion has been named senior director of mountain operations, Jeff Babb has been named director of resort operations and Pete Sonntag has been named director of the Vail Snowsports School. All positions are effective immediately and report directly to Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Vail Mountain


As senior director of mountain operations, Fillion will oversee Vail’s snowmaking, grooming, lift operations, lift maintenance, ski patrol, mountain information and community guest services, racing and special events, terrain parks, mountain capital planning and project implementation and vehicle maintenance.


“Paul’s years of experience, strong leadership skills and dedication to operating the largest resort in North America at the highest standards make his progression a natural fit,” said Chris Jarnot. “His passion for Vail and lifelong enthusiasm for the mountains will undoubtedly help continue to move Vail forward as a leader in the ski industry.”


Fillion began his career in mountain operations on the trail crew at Bretton Woods Ski Area in New Hampshire and later in snowmaking and summer operations at Waterville Valley. He joined Vail Mountain in 1982 as supervisor of snowmaking, and has since risen to successfully direct and enhance the resort’s snowmaking and grooming efforts and oversee vehicle maintenance and as well as summer capital and maintenance projects.


Babb, named director of resort operations, will oversee base area operations, including capital planning and project implementation in addition to mountain services, security, environmental efforts and warehouse operations. He will also manage the day-to-day operational relationship for Vail Mountain with the Town of Vail and the broader community on issues such as parking and transportation.


Babb moved to Vail in 1986 from El Paso, TX and soon thereafter began his career at Vail Mountain in lift operations. He progressed through mountain operations with roles in lift maintenance, ski patrol, special events, and guest services before becoming responsible for the management of Vail’s base areas, security, mountain services and environmental efforts.


“Jeff has been successful every step of the way as we’ve added one responsibility after another to his plate. He has been particularly effective over the past few years in managing our base areas through significant redevelopment, including major construction and the transition of opening our new facilities at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village and in Lionshead at the Arrabelle and in Lionshead Center,” said Jarnot.


In addition to the appointments of Babb and Fillion, Sonntag has been named director of the Vail Snowsports School. Since 2007 Sonntag has provided his leadership as director of the Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School. He began his career in the mountains as a retail tech at a ski shop in Vail in 1984, working summers at the Beaver Creek Golf Course. He returned to school in upstate New York where he also instructed skiing at West Mountain. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Pete returned to Colo. and from 1990 until 1998, was an instructor at Beaver Creek and a member of the Vail/Beaver Creek demo team. Pete received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Vermont and returned to Beaver Creek in 2000 where he rose from supervisor/private lesson manager to director of the adult school. In 2003, Pete became the ski school director for Copper Mountain. He returned to Vail Resorts in 2005 for two seasons as director of skier services at Keystone.


“The experience and perspective that Pete brings to Vail, having led the ski school function at several resorts, will be an enormous asset, which we’re excited to add to our leadership team,” Jarnot said.

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About Vail


Coveted as North America’s top ski resort, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Spanning seven miles are seven legendary Back Bowls, blanketed last year with thirty-eight feet of powder snow. Under blue sky three hundred days a year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Snow Sports School to the activities and festivals, the shops and spas, dining, nightlife and accommodations – with many new and luxuriously renovated to discover. Vail – Like Nothing on Earth.


About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading of mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties at the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, the Heavenly Ski Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. 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 and consumer website is


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