Steamboat Springs American Skiing Co. lost two of its ranking resort executives within a week's time. Blaise Carrig, president of The Canyons, announced he would leave to take a similar post at Heavenly Ski Resort, and the managing director of Sunday River, Maine, was fired early this week.
Chip Seamans, managing director at Sunday River, was no longer with the company as of July 29, a corporate spokesman said. He said a total of three people were let go as a result of a consolidation of management. The move will put the leadership of both Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA, also in Maine, under a single team led by John Diller. He was already the managing director of Sugarloaf.
A news release issued by ASC did not mention Seamans' departure. Instead, CEO B.J. Fair characterized the change as an initiative to capture more of the New England ski market. Last winter, the two resorts combined counted "a little less than" 1 million skier days.
"We foresee significant opportunity to increase Maine's share of the New England ski market and this integration will help achieve that goal," Fair said. "These mountains will maintain their separate, powerful brand identities but under single leadership will enjoy the benefits of a more cohesive, integrated management structure."
Fair said the new integrated management team would include senior staff from both ski areas but added each resort will retain its own dedicated operating team.
Some of the strength of the new arrangement will be derived from sharing business plans and marketing strategies.
The loss of Carrig to Heavenly means Vail Resorts acquired one of ASC's ski areas, then recruited away one of its top managers to run it. Carrig helped to establish a new reputation for The Canyons near Park City, Utah.
ASC sold Heavenly Ski Resort to Vail Resorts March 25, effectively killing Triple Peaks' deal to purchase the Steamboat Ski Area from ASC.
Carrig will take up his new post at Heavenly on Sept. 1. In that role, he will oversee Vail's planned $40 million investment in improvements and maintenance at Heavenly during the next five years.
ASC has named Scott Pierpont as interim managing director at The Canyons. The company has begun a search for a permanent replacement for Carrig. Pierpont was previously vice president for operations at The Canyons and had also served the company as managing director of Mount Snow, Vt.
He went to The Canyons in January.
Pierpont won't be far from ASC's home office the company announced earlier this year it was transferring its headquarters from Bethel, Maine, to Park City.