Las Vegas—Kevin Stickelman, president and general manager at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) is named one of Vegas Inc. Magazine’s “40 under 40” for 2012. Vegas Inc. is a weekly business-to-business publication geared towards professionals.Stickelman, who joined LVSSR in September 2010, was selected from hundreds of Las Vegas professionals nominated for the distinguished award.
During his tenure, Stickelman has been a key component in securing the passage of a $35 million Master Development Plan from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Service. An idea a decade in the making that had been stalled for years, because of Stickelman’s tenacity, the plan is now a reality. The major expansion includes plans for an additional 34 trails, at least six more lifts, more snowmaking capability, upgraded equipment and enhanced guest facilities.
The expansion brings a much-needed boost to the Las Vegas economy by increasing winter employment at the resort from 220 to 600 people, and year-round employment will bump from 10 to 30. This also means more local jobs during construction, and more tourism dollars into the local economy.
Stickelman also understands the importance of giving back to the community, that’s why he’s spearheaded the Snow Day program that brings local school children up to LVSSR so they can experience what it’s like to put on a pair of skis or a snowboard for the very first time, all while helping them gain a better appreciation and enthusiasm for winter sports. The program also features a trip to scenic Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest so the children can learn about ecology in the Spring Mountains.
Thanks to his creative mind and determination, lift ticket sales and season pass sales have increased, as well as skier visits and overall revenue for the resort.
Prior to joining LVSSR, Stickelman worked for its parent company, Powdr Corporation at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR where he served as director of guest experience. Stickelman holds professional certifications from the USSA, Professional Ski Instructors of America and National Ski Patrol.He majored in engineering at Kansas State University.
About Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) is located approximately one hour from downtown Las Vegas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Established in 1963, LVSSR offers guests access to 11 trails via three chair lifts and one surface lift. The area features LVSSR’s Ski & Snowboard School, The Strip Terrain Park, a freestyle terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, and off-slope amenities. Powdr Corp., a leading mountain resort company, operates LVSSR in partnership with the USDA Forest Service under a special-use permit. Visitors may access LVSSR from the city via the Ski Vegas Ski Bus, a shuttle service operated with the support of the USDA Forest Service and operated by Triple J Tours (CPCN #2032). For more information, please visit www.skilasvegas.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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