Press Release: Dave Brownlie Appointed as President of Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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Dave Brownlie Appointed as President of Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Press release date: September 5, 2018

Dave brings 29 years of experience in the ski industry with Whistler Blackcomb and Intrawest. He began his career with Blackcomb Mountain in 1989, rising through the ranks to President and CEO of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.

As President, Dave will provide leadership and support to the Mountain Operations, Heli-Skiing, and Real Estate Development teams as RMR embarks on its next phase of development. “I am excited to be joining the team at RMR to develop and execute plans to build a truly iconic Canadian mountain resort that will attract mountain enthusiasts from around the world,” said Dave Brownlie. “The natural attributes of the mountain, the consistent snowfall, and the many outdoor activities in the region combined with a vibrant and authentic community uniquely positions RMR to become a leader as a year-round destination mountain resort.”

“We are excited to have Dave join the team, bringing his knowledge, experience, and leadership to RMR as we launch the next phase of development,” said Tom Gaglardi, President & CEO of Northland Properties, Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s parent company. “Dave will be a tremendous asset to our company and is exactly the person we need to help execute our vision.”

Last year, RMR celebrated its 10th anniversary season which delivered a record breaking 40 feet of snowfall and record levels of visitation. Looking ahead, RMR is well positioned for growth and continues to build awareness on a global scale. Partnerships such as the Mountain Collective and Ikon Pass have helped establish Revelstoke as a world-class destination, while an ever-changing competitive landscape has further highlighted the Resort’s unique identity.

During the winter, skiers and snowboarders are drawn to Revelstoke with the promise of reliable snow, big mountain terrain, and an authentic mountain-town vibe. The Resort boasts the most vertical in North America at 5,620 vertical feet and offers lift, cat, heli, and backcountry adventures. During the summer, RMR welcomes travellers to experience The Pipe Mountain Coaster, North America’s first Brandauer mountain coaster. The Resort has also established itself as a summer hiking destination with over 20 kilometres of hiking trails and plans to introduce mountain biking in 2019.


 

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this could be is the start of good news for Revelstoke.
Dave knows what it takes to develop a ski area and Revelstoke certainly needs more development.
hope the Gaglardi's finally open up their wallet
 

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this could be is the start of good news for Revelstoke.
Dave knows what it takes to develop a ski area and Revelstoke certainly needs more development.
hope the Gaglardi's finally open up their wallet
Skiing at Revelstoke and KHMR last winter, I got the sense that both had a ton of untapped potential.
 

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While Whistler Blackcomb (WB) thrived under Brownlie's decades of stewardship and it'd be hard for anyone to do better than he did, WB always had the natural advantage of being located within a 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver (2 hours before new highway). Revelstoke is 5 hours from the nearest big city of Calgary, which couldn't ever call itself an international hub, certainly not with the Alberta economy now in the tank.

Furthermore, WB's growth has partly been fueled by the almost 20-year hot streak in BC real estate, which, if we're honest with ourselves, was driven by a similar streak of low interest rates, not by "foreigners" (the favourite scapegoat for British Columbians). Selling real estate was a key part of the business model for Intrawest, WB's owner from 1997 to 2010, who built much of the infrastructure that's currently in place. The housing market is finally cooling off in Canada thanks to structural changes in financial regulations (especially the "mortgage stress test"). Coupled with the already stagnant Alberta/Eastern-BC housing market, the conditions are far from ripe for Revelstoke to score big new development $$$.

I think Browlie's impact will mainly be to help the resort "do more with less", i.e. nothing dramatic, just incremental, qualitative improvements. Which is probably just fine for those who enjoy Revy's current status as an undiscovered gem. Who needs WB style crowds, anyway?
 
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