KEN GAITOR JOINS SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN TEAM AS SNOWMAKING/GROOMING MANAGER

The industry vet will oversee operations at both the Snowshoe and Silver Creek areas, maintaining the region’s largest snowmaking operation

Snowshoe, WV—Snowshoe Mountain is pleased to announce Ken Gaitor as the resort’s new snowmaking and grooming manager. Ken joins the Snowshoe team after many years at Mount Snow, VT, including overseeing the Carinthia parks project.

Ken, a native of Summer County, WV, began snowboarding while attending college in New York State, translating his love for skateboarding onto the slopes of Southern Vermont. After a move to Salt Lake City, UT in 1996, Ken began his career as a Terrain Park Manager and grooming operator. During the next six seasons, Ken became a respected industry veteran in Utah, while spending summers on the New and Gauley Rivers in West Virginia. After a year off in 2003 following the birth of his daughter, Ken accepted his position as Freestyle Terrain Manager at Mount Snow. After four years of winters in Vermont and summers in West Virginia, Ken transitioned into a year-round position with Mt. Snow as work began on the Carinthia project. For the past two years, Ken has headed up the project, which created the East Coast’s most highly regarded terrain park with 100 acres, 125 features and two pipes.

Ken is excited to join the Snowshoe Mountain team, returning to his home state and continuing to pursue his life’s passions; “Put me in a snow cat, on my boards or in my boat and I am a happy man”.

Ken will officially begin on November 3rd and will report to Snowshoe’s Ski Operations Manager, Dave Huber. Snowshoe Mountain welcomes Ken and looks forward to another great winter season utilizing his skills and experience. The resort began snowmaking efforts over the weekend with plans to open for its 37th winter season on November 24th.

For more details on all of Snowshoe’s early season operations and reservations, visit http://www.snowshoemtn.com  or call 1-877-441-4386.
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Snowshoe Mountain is a four-season, Intrawest destination resort situated in the southern portion of the pristine Allegheny Mountains. Celebrating 37 Seasons, this 11,000-acre playground offers 1,500 feet of vertical drop for its expansive skiing and mountain biking terrain. With a mountain top village nearly one mile high in the sky, Snowshoe offers unique variety of lodging, dining and shopping options. A host of special events and activities make the West Virginia resort a destination for the entire family. For more information visit http://www.snowshoemtn.com/todo/events/calendar/index.htm  

About Intrawest
Intrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The Company has interests in a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. In addition, Intrawest markets and sells real estate at its resorts in North America and at other third-party locations around the world. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and is a portfolio company owned primarily by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com  

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Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.