More job cuts at Intrawest

Ski resort operator lays off corporate employees

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— Canada's Intrawest Corp. laid off more corporate employees this week, with most of the cuts coming at its Vancouver headquarters and a few jobs being eliminated at its regional office in Golden.

Intrawest spokesman Ian Galbraith confirmed the additional layoffs Tuesday, but he declined to say exactly how many workers lost their jobs.

Blaming a touchy economic environment, the company in November announced a separate work force reduction that affected employees at some of the Colorado ski areas it operates - Steamboat, Copper Mountain and Winter Park.

The downsizing at Intrawest coincides with a challenging season for ski resorts, many of which have taken hits in pass sales and advanced bookings in a tough economy. Its main rival, Vail Resorts Inc., announced in December that it was cutting 50 year-round employees.

"It's like we've been saying for the past six months, this is an excessively challenging marketplace and environment," said Andy Wirth, chief marketing officer for Intrawest. "We don't anticipate the consumer markets changing in any positive manner in the foreseeable future."

Intrawest provided the Rocky Mountain News with the following statement for its latest workforce reductions:

"Like many companies in North America, Intrawest is not immune in this current economic environment. As such, we are taking the necessary steps to preserve our ability to be competitive and ensure our future success. As part of this process we have taken the difficult step of reducing and realigning our workforce in our corporate offices.

Impacted employees have been offered access to outplacement services to help in their transition. Although these are difficult decisions for us, our vision remains consistent and we are committed to delivering exceptional experiences for our guests, homeowners and employees."

Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Blythe Terrell contributed to this story.

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