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New resort president settling in

Scott Hess

Colin FisherMatt Janney took over the reins at Alpine, Boreal and Soda Springs last month.

One thing Matt Janney knows is how to run a ski resort.

After working as the director of mountain operations at Mount Bachelor in Oregon for more than 24 years, Janney is bringing his knowledge and expertise to Tahoe. He was hired as the president and general manager of Alpine Meadows, Boreal and Soda Springs ski resorts – all Powdr Corporation companies.

Replacing the presidents of Alpine and Boreal, both of whom retired from their jobs, Janney started his job on June 16, and has had ample time to settle into his new role. Working just over a month so far, “has given me a good overview of the area – It’s a good starting point,” he said.

According to Janney, when Powdr learned that two presidents were retiring, they conducted a study to find out if one person could run the three resorts. Their study showed positive results and they ended up hiring Janney.

Despite not having experience as a president, Janney said the Mount Bachelor president gave him more responsibilities than usual in his seven-year tenure as the director of mountain operations.

“It’s a big change,” he said. “As the director of mountain operations I was exposed to most of all of the operating departments, but not to this detail.” He seems very optimistic, however, and says that he had planned on becoming the president of a ski resort.

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“This was the game plan, to hopefully be running a resort,” Janney said. He added that Lake Tahoe was a great destination, and both he and his wife were thrilled with it. “It’s just a beautiful region.”

As for the future of the resorts, Janney said that he hopes to bring all three together, especially Alpine and Boreal. Soda Springs and Boreal are both recognized as beginner resorts, which Janney hopes to use to his advantage.

He said he wants to be able to utilize Soda Springs and Boreal, and try to get people to go to Alpine on their second or third trip to the area. “We’re looking into all the opportunities, with ticketing, passes and even mountain space,” he said. “We want to draw the resorts together – for the guests and for us.”

Nothing has been planned yet, but Janney stressed that he simply would like to have all three resorts work together.

Janney worked in a few different jobs after college and got into Mount Bachelor a few years later. He is a skier and a snowboarder and seems as though he loves the winter sports.

For information on Alpine, Boreal and Soda Springs, visit http://www.skialpine.com, http://www.borealski.com or http://www.skisodasprings.com.