In Praise of New Telluride Ski & Golf Partner/CEO

In Praise of New Telluride Ski & Golf Partner/CEO

Chuck Horning, Majority Owner of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, officially put out the word on December 6: Bill Jensen, former CEO of Intrawest, joined Telski as a Partner and Chief Executive Officer. (Full story here.) On December 7, Jason Blevins posted this story in The Denver Post. Early indications: Nothing vanilla about the man. Bill Jensen is “uber’ and “alpha.” Looks like Telluride is in for a very happy new year.

Former Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen

Former Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

Bill Jensen, a  longtime captain in the ski resort industry, is joining Telluride Ski and Golf Resort as both a partner and chief executive officer.

Jensen, who  helmed Intrawest from 2008 through 2014 and spent 11 years as an executive with Vail Resorts, joins Telluride resort owner Chuck Horning as a partner. That ownership stake is expected to deliver stability to the resort, which has seen several management veterans — including Dave Riley and most recently Greg Pack — come and go since Horning, who has played an active role in steering the ski area, bought it in 2003.

“I wasn’t going to come here just to be the next guy,” said Jensen, describing his and his wife Cheryl’s ownership stake as “meaningful enough.” “I’m proud and happy that Chuck gave me that opportunity. My sense of it was that it wasn’t that hard for him. He knows he needed to get that stability. The staff, which is just incredible, they want security and they want certainty.”

Despite the rotation in the wheelhouse, Telluride has thrived under Horning, a West Coast commercial real estate and healthcare facility entrepreneur. In recent years, the resort company’s revenue-based  lease payments to its Forest Service landlord have climbed as much as 30 percent a year. Summer and winter sales tax revenues in both Telluride and Mountain Village have  set records nearly every month for the last few years…
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