Steamboat Springs Ski industry veteran and hospitality executive James Snyder has been named the new vice president of resort services for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Most recently, Snyder was the vice president for procurement for Talisker Corp., owner of The Canyons Ski Resort, in Park City, Utah.
“Having worked with Jim for many years, I knew that only a veteran with a diversity of mountain resort experience could take us to the next level of service for our guests,” Ski Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Diamond said in a news release. “Jim’s track record is one of achievement, and his broad background and strong skill set will have a substantial and immediate impact for both employees and guests.”
Snyder, not to be confused with Steamboat’s Vice President of Skier Services Jim Schneider, replaces longtime Ski Corp. executive Mike DeGroff. DeGroff has left to take a position at Squaw Valley USA in California, Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said.
In his new role with the ski area, Snyder will be responsible for all aspects of food and beverage operations (mountain and hotel), base area services, building maintenance, janitorial operations, security, parking and shuttles. Two roles formerly handled by DeGroff, including retail and rentals, will be managed by Schneider, Lane said.
Before Talisker, Snyder worked as vice president of food and beverage and lodging for the Canyons from 2008 to 2010, corporate vice president of food and beverage for American Skiing Co. from 2003 to 2008, and food and beverage director for the Grand Summit Hotel at the Canyons from 2000 to 2003. In addition to his ski industry experience, Snyder has held several management and executive roles, most notably as the executive vice president of the Good Earth Corp., a pioneering company in the area of natural foods and environmental initiatives.
“Having worked extensively with the Steamboat resort for five years prior, I am thrilled to be joining such an innovative and exciting team,” Snyder said in the news release.
Snyder is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He will report directly to Diamond and start his new role effective Dec. 19.
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