Bridget Legnavksy brings over 30 years of ski industry experience to Northern California
Norden, CA – Sugar Bowl Resort announced that Bridget Legnavsky has been named President and CEO of Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge based in Norden, Calif., starting Oct. 17.
After a six-month talent search, Legnavsky was identified as the best prospect based on her experience and vision. She will work alongside current President and CEO Greg Dallas as he transitions into a Vice President role focused on executing the station’s master plan.
Legnavsky has worked in the ski industry for over 30 years, beginning as a ski instructor working at resorts around the world, including several seasons in the United States at Breckenridge and Aspen. In 2014, she assumed the role of Managing Director of Cardrona Alpine Resort in his native New Zealand. While in Cardrona, the resort has seen impressive growth in skier visits with a focus on terrain parks and a highly engaged workforce.
In 2020, Legnavsky’s responsibilities were expanded to include overseeing a second resort, Treble Cone Ski Area. More recently, she worked for RealNZ, the parent company of Cardrona and Treble Cone, as Chief Experience Officer while managing both ski areas. In addition to her role in resorts, Legnavsky was heavily involved in the New Zealand tourism workforce strategy community, serving as vice-president of a local college, member of the board of directors of Wanaka Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in multiple environmental initiatives across the country.
“a born leader…”
“Bridget is a born leader and will bring a terrific new perspective to the Sugar Bowl | Operation Royal Gorge. Luckily, she comes into an organization with a strong foundation so she can start day one focusing on key initiatives such as workforce development and community outreach,” said David Tunnell , Chairman of the Board of Sugar Bowl Corporation. “I am incredibly proud of where Greg has taken the station over the past seven years. He has led our business and our community through some of the toughest circumstances in decades. Yet our independent brand is in a strong financial position and the community continues to grow.I particularly appreciate his work in taking the master plan from a dream to a reality approved by our community.
The Sugar Bowl Homeowners Association recently voted in favor of the development plan, which includes an expansion of the Judah base area, a children’s ski school facility, a new boutique hotel and more. “I have had the pleasure of working for Sugar Bowl, a truly independent and iconic station, for the past seven years. As a team, we have worked to honor the history and charm of this iconic station by focusing on the best on-snow experience possible. We have remained true to the founders’ vision of providing a warm and authentic alpine experience for our community. I look forward to working with Bridget to strengthen the organization and see the master plan come to life, which which is exciting for the whole region,” Dallas said.
“I feel incredibly privileged and at the same time absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge to define its future. While focusing on excellence and performance, we will always seek to retain, celebrate and bring to life the unique character of the resort and the community,” said Bridget Legnavsky, President and CEO, Sugar Bowl | Royal Throat. “Greg and the Board have built a talented team that is already running a great business. In the short term, we will be wholeheartedly focused on our employees, helping them perform at their best and love the place where they work so they can provide even more magical experiences for everyone.
Legnavsky will move from New Zealand to the United States this fall with her husband Peter and two children, ages 16 and 12. A family engulfed in snow sports, Peter is an Olympic ski coach for their son Gustav, an Olympic halfpipe freeskier. Their daughter, Zora, is focused on ski racing and will be attending the Sugar Bowl Academy this winter.
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