Headline: McCarthy staying put
BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Ski Resort Chief Operations Officer Roger McCarthy isn’t going anywhere, despite rumors he’d been offered a job at Heavenly Lake Tahoe ski resort on the California-Nevada border.
The resort was recently acquired by Vail Resorts, and McCarthy flew out there to see it, he said.
“I was just another face in the crowd so the Heavenly people would have someone else to talk to,” he said. “I’m not going there. I think when I went there, people thought I was moving there.”
McCarthy declined to say if Vail Resorts officials offered him a job at the resort, which attracted 846,000 skiers in the 1999-2000 season and 894,000 in 2000-01.
“Why would I want to leave this place?” he said. “It’s the No. 2 resort in terms of skier visits, it has a great climate; we really like the town. I’m not looking to go anywhere.”
His 7-year-old son shares his class with only 13 other students. Additionally, McCarthy’s wife, Josee, loves Summit County, he said.
McCarthy recently penned an agreement with town officials outlining parameters surrounding a major development project the ski company proposes for the resort.
“We’ve got a deal with the town that’s great for the town and great for us,” he said. “This is the stuff I love to do.”
McCarthy, who headed up a similar renovation at Mount Tremblant in Canada, reviving the floundering ski area into a renowned resort, said Heavenly has a lot of opportunities – and a lot of challenges.
“It’s a pretty special place,” he said. “It’s got some complicated issues with lifts and terrains, it’s in two different states. It’s a lot like other projects I’ve worked on. But I’ve got one here. This whole Peak 7, Peak 8 thing – it’s going to take a lot of planning. It’s going to be an interesting challenge going forward. This deal will keep me busy for quite a while.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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