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July 14, 2008

Owner Trees Dies, Village and Quad Among Other Things are in Limbo

Brian Head Resort owner Jim Trees passed away last week:

Brian Head, UT - The primary owner, President and CEO of Utah's Brian Head ski resort, Jim Trees, died suddenly on Monday, June 2 of cardiac arrest while on his daily walk in Tiburton, Calif. He was 69.

Since purchasing Brian Head Resort in 1992, Trees implemented many new improvements at the ski area including the installation of an extensive snowmaking system, a vehicle maintenance facility, and most recently two new chairlifts and a skier bridge to connect the formerly two separate mountains, Giant Steps and Navajo. He was the driving force behind master planning and entitling the resort's future expansion into an adjacent 1,700 acre parcel of land, as well as working to secure entitlements for a future new skier village at the base of the current Giant Steps base area...

Prior to moving to Utah, he was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Fischer, Francis, Trees and Watts, Inc., an SEC-registered large investment management firm in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. in International Finance. Trees relocated in 1997 with his two children from his Utah ranch to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Condolences to the family. Trees owned the place for 16 years and it leaves a lot of unanswered questions about what is next.

One thing that we know isn't next is the skier village and the giant steps high speed quad that has been running on the cable access channel in a continuous loop everyday.

Posted by Justin at July 14, 2008 10:53 PM