Heavenly announces new director of mountain operations
Ryan Summerlin June 4, 2012
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe, Calif. – Heavenly Mountain Resort announced Monday that James Grant will serve as the resort’s director of mountain operations.
Grant succeeds Casey Blann, who is now the general manager at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
Grant has 20 years of experience in Heavenly’s lift operations department and has served the last eight years as the director of lift operations, according to a Monday statement.
Grant will oversee ski patrol, snowmaking, grooming, terrain parks, mountain safety, Adventure Peak, race/events, lift operations, lift maintenance and vehicle maintenance as part of the new role.
He will begin the job Thursday.
“I am thrilled to be able to reward James for his years of extraordinary service to our guests and to the company,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s general manager, in the statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for his knowledge, experience and focus on guest service. James will play a vital role as we build on Heavenly’s success and take this resort to the next level.”
Grant was born and grew up in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. He studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, before taking his first ski industry job as a lift operator at Mount Blue Cow, Australia, in the early 1990s. He came to Heavenly as a lift operatorfor the 1992-93 season, and spent the next 12 years climbing the lift operations ranks until achieving the role of director of lift operations in 2004.
Grant lives in the Tahoe area with his wife, Allison, their 15-year-old daughter, Teagan, and nine-year-old son, Cameron.
“This is an exciting day for my family and me,” Grant said in the statement. “I’m looking forward to elevating our already high standards for guest service and safety, and helping develop the Vail Resorts brand at Heavenly.”
Also on Monday, Heavenly’s director of snow surfaces, Jim Larmore, was introduced as the new director of mountain operations at Northstar California Resort.