Intrawest names Kirby Brown as President and Chief Operating Officer at Panorama Mountain Village

    Industry Veteran to Oversee all Resort Operations including Real Estate
    Development and Sales at Panorama Mountain Village

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Intrawest ULC ("Intrawest"), a world leader in
the development and management of experiential destination resorts, today
announced the appointment of Kirby Brown to the position of President and
Chief Operating Officer for Panorama Mountain Village in British Columbia.
Brown will be responsible for all aspects of Panorama's resort operations,
including real estate development and sales and he will report directly to
Dave Brownlie, President and Chief Operating Officer at Whistler Blackcomb.
    Brown began his career with Intrawest in 1993 at Whistler Mountain, and
over the years he has moved through successive promotions to his most recent
position as Director of Resort and Lodging Experience. In this role, he was
responsible for all areas of Human Resources and Organizational Development,
and the oversight of Guest Services, Information Technology and Lodging at
Whistler Blackcomb. Effective December 17, 2007, Brown will leave his current
position with Whistler Blackcomb and transition to his new responsibilities at
    "Kirby brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to this
position and he will be a tremendous addition to the leadership team at
Panorama," said Dave Brownlie, president and chief operating officer at
Whistler Blackcomb. "These strong leadership qualities will ensure that we
continue to continue to deliver world-class on-mountain experiences for our
resort guests, homeowners and employees at Panorama."
    With a strong management team, dedicated employee group, and extensive
community partnerships, Panorama Mountain Village has been established as a
premiere mountain destination resort in Western Canada. In his new position,
Brown will play a critical role in the future growth of Panorama as a valuable
part of Intrawest's network of experiential destinations resorts.
    "Panorama has some of the best terrain in the Canadian Rockies, an
intimate mountain setting and strong ties to the local community," Brown said.
"I am thrilled to join one of the most talented resort teams in the industry.
My goal is to continue to partner with the local community to capitalize on
the new opportunities ahead to make Panorama the ultimate four-season
destination in Western Canada for our guests, homeowners and our employees."
    An enthusiastic leader and accomplished community representative, Brown
is committed to the health and well being of the community he calls home.
Since 2001, he has been a part of the evolution of the Whistler Housing
Authority, tasked with the heavy responsibility of creating and maintaining a
suitable inventory of affordable homes for Whistler's workforce. He recently
joined the board of go2, the human resource organization which supports and
advocates for the needs of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and also sits
on the board of WorkLife BC, an organization that seeks to promote personal
balance in the workplace as a key driver for employee engagement and
    Brown also sat on the boards of Whistler Healthy Communities, a committee
of council which tackles community issues of health and wellness; and the
Whistler Blackcomb Environmental Fund which distributes funds raised by
employees to local hands-on environmental projects. Brown graduated with a
Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in

    About Panorama Mountain Village

    Panorama Mountain Village, located in the Purcell Mountains, has one of
the largest vertical descents in North America. Quad chairlifts give access to
the summit and over 100 trails, including former Heli-Ski terrain in Taynton
Bowl. Panorama is also home to Greywolf, ranked British Columbia's best golf
course by Golf Digest. For more information visit

    About Intrawest ULC

    Intrawest is a world leader in experiential destination resorts. The
company has interests in eleven resorts at North America's most popular
mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010
Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes
Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world,
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest--a private
resort club with nine locations throughout North America. In addition,
Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across
North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British
Columbia. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Hayley Wilson, Marketing Coordinator at
Panorama, at (250) 341-4194, or at; or, Ian Galbraith,
Director, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, at (604) 643-1586, or

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