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Forbes: Vail Resorts one of ‘America’s Best Employers’

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has again been recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Employers.”

This is the fourth consecutive year the company — which in the Sierra operates Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar California resorts — has been listed among the country’s 500 most highly regarded, large employers.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to be part of more than 40,000 of the most ambitious, brave and passionate employees on the planet, and an honor to be recognized as an outstanding employer,” Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said in a press release. “For us, it’s all about creating a strong leadership culture where we continuously invest in the development of every employee at every level of our company — and have a lot of fun in the process.”

In collaboration with analytics firm Statista, Forbes selected America’s Best Employers based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 50,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations.

The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. In addition, participants were requested to evaluate other employers that stood out either positively or negatively in their respective industries.

“Our mission is to create an ‘Experience of a Lifetime’ for our employees so they can in turn provide an Experience of a Lifetime to guests visiting our resorts around the world,” Vail Resorts Chief Human Resources Officer Lynanne Kunkel said in a press release. “We are committed to the ongoing investment in the development of our extraordinary talent and appreciate this recognition by Forbes.”

The company’s efforts to advance women in a traditionally male-dominated industry also recently earned Vail Resorts recognition by Forbes as a “Best Employer for Diversity” and by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a “Champion of Change.”

In addition to its three resorts in the Tahoe-Truckee region, Vail Resorts operates 12 other ski resorts in North America. The company has revolutionized the ski industry — and drawn the ire of some of the sport’s most diehard participants — with its Epic Pass.