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Copper names Paccagnan general manager

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Intrawest Corp.’s lodging director at its Panorama resort in Canada is now the new vice president and general manager for Copper Mountain.

Steve Paccagnan’s new position at Copper is one of the last to be filled in Intrawest’s reorganized executive structure following its deal with Denver to operate and develop Winter Park.

With the Winter Park deal done, Intrawest formed Intrawest Colorado to oversee the two resorts and retail operations and named former Copper chief operating officer David Barry as its senior vice president.



Paccagnan (pronounced PAC-an-yan) will relocate to Summit County with his wife, Chenoa, in early September, according to Copper communications coordinator Beth Jahnigen.

Intrawest will name a new financial officer to oversee both resorts and a retail officer to oversee the Breeze/Max ski and snowboard stores later this week, Barry said.



“Steve’s energy and passion, combined with his management experience and financial acumen make him an important addition to the senior leadership team here in Colorado,” Barry said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he is the right person to take Copper to the next level,” Barry said.

Barry said the next level is a culmination of a new mountain improvements master plan, buildout of the village as embodied in the Comprehensive Development Strategy and ever-improving the guest experience through Intrawest investments already in place in the New Village.

Barry said Paccagnan brings “a real passion for the sports of skiing and riding and for our guests.”

Paccagnan will be Copper’s “day-to-day guy on the ground in the resort,” Barry said, adding that Paccagnan “is a very good thinker.”

Barry said Paccagnan will be point man in forming partnerships with the Copper Mountain Consolidated Metropolitan District, Copper homeowners, Summit County government and the Village Company, the master homeowners group that runs events and activities in the New Village.

In a statement released by Intrawest, Paccagnan said, “Copper’s personality and culture are what truly sets it apart. I look forward to embracing those traits as we continue with Copper’s evolution.

“This is an exciting time for Copper and Intrawest Colorado. It’s going to be fun working with the team and within the community to tackle the challenges ahead,” Paccagnan said.

He was unavailable for an interview at press time.

A 17 -year veteran of the hospitality and resort industry, Paccagnan started his career in 1986 at Panorama, British Columbia, as a rooms division supervisor in the housekeeping department.

In 1999, he was named general manager of Mont Ste. Marie in Quebec. When Intrawest sold Mont Ste. Marie in the spring of 2002, Paccagnan was selected to be Panorama’s lodging director.

He is a graduate of the Ski Area Management program at Selkirk College and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Paccagnan’s arrival comes as Intrawest Resort Development nears the end of almost two years of hearings on a build-out plan for Copper that could add up to 1,200 new units of condos, townhouses, single-family homes and hotel rooms.

The plan also calls for a performing arts center, two horizontal gondolas to help reduce bus traffic, new commercial space and new public facilities for a firehouse and post office.

At the same time, a public review has started for a draft environmental impact statement that spells out potential Forest Service approval for new lifts and other mountain improvements, a plan that was first conceived in 1999.

Meanwhile, the resort is ready to launch its third winter with a new center village, Intrawest’s first round of investment to re-create Copper as a destination resort.

Paccagnan joins Barry in a new executive team operating the two resorts.

Other members include Winter Park’s Gary DeFrange, vice president and general manager; and Bill Baum, general counsel. On the Copper side are Gary Rogers, head of lodging; Rob Spence, head of food and beverage and the Starbucks operation located at Downieville; Wenda Huseman, head of marketing and public relations; Mark Woodburn, head of business development and sales; David Rice, head of human relations; and Doug Feely, head of information technology. The financial and retail positions to be filled this week are part of the senior team.

Barry, who splits his time among offices at Copper, Winter Park and the Golden headquarters for Breeze/Max, said Intrawest Colorado will not have a centralized office.

He said senior management will continue working at the resorts where it remains close to operations.

A 17 -year veteran of the hospitality and resort industry, Paccagnan started his career in 1986 at Panorama, British Columbia, as a rooms division supervisor in the housekeeping department.

In 1999, he was named general manager of Mont Ste. Marie in Quebec. When Intrawest sold Mont Ste. Marie in the spring of 2002, Paccagnan was selected to be Panorama’s lodging director.

He is a graduate of the Ski Area Management program at Selkirk College and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Athabasca University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Paccagnan’s arrival comes as Intrawest Resort Development nears the end of almost two years of hearings on a build-out plan for Copper that could add up to 1,200 new units of condos, townhouses, single-family homes and hotel rooms.

The plan also calls for a performing arts center, two horizontal gondolas to help reduce bus traffic, new commercial space and new public facilities for a firehouse and post office.

At the same time, a public review has started for a draft environmental impact statement that spells out potential Forest Service approval for new lifts and other mountain improvements, a plan that was first conceived in 1999.

Meanwhile, the resort is ready to launch its third winter with a new center village, Intrawest’s first round of investment to re-create Copper as a destination resort.

Paccagnan joins Barry in a new executive team operating the two resorts.

Other members include Winter Park’s Gary DeFrange, vice president and general manager; and Bill Baum, general counsel. On the Copper side are Gary Rogers, head of lodging; Rob Spence, head of food and beverage and the Starbucks operation located at Downieville; Wenda Huseman, head of marketing and public relations; Mark Woodburn, head of business development and sales; David Rice, head of human relations; and Doug Feely, head of information technology. The financial and retail positions to be filled this week are part of the senior team.

Barry, who splits his time among offices at Copper, Winter Park and the Golden headquarters for Breeze/Max, said Intrawest Colorado will not have a centralized office.

He said senior management will continue working at the resorts where it remains close to operations.


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