The President and Chief Operating Officer of Deer Valley Resort left the organization on Monday, the resort said in a statement, speaking of a departure just days before Deer Valley opened for the ski season and most importantly during the resort’s engagement with the town hall about a major development proposal for the Snow Park.
Jeremy Levitt ran Deer Valley owned by the Alterra Mountain Company for a little over a year. He arrived in October 2020 overseeing the resort’s extensive efforts to operate during the coronavirus pandemic. Levitt ran the resort during the 2020-2021 ski season, the first full winter of the coronavirus era. Despite the extraordinary challenges posed by the spread of the disease, the ski season was considered a success.
Deer Valley is slated to open on Saturday for the 2021-2022 ski season.
Deer Valley is meanwhile also pursuing a project on the site currently used as a snow park parking lot. The resort has long-standing land development rights but must obtain further approval from Park City officials before any project can proceed. Levitt was not the main character of the resort in talks with the Park City Planning Commission, but as president of the resort he was believed to have had an impact on the direction of the Deer Valley side of the talks.
“We thank Jeremy for his dedication and dedication to the Alterra Mountain Company over the years, and we wish him the best,” Deer Valley said in a prepared statement Monday evening.
The statement said the Alterra Mountain Company intends to announce a new director for Deer Valley soon. The statement did not contain any details at the time.
Deer Valley said Alterra Mountain Company’s chief operating officer, Mark Brownlie, will oversee the resort until the next president is appointed. Brownlie has been in the ski industry for 35 years and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Mammoth Mountain, California for four years.
The change in leadership at Deer Valley also comes ahead of high-level discussions in the coming months about the prospects for hosting a second Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, possibly the 2030 edition. Deer Valley is identified on the map of the committee that requested the event as a major venue, as was the case at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Levitt moved to the Deer Valley post after his time at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in Canada. He previously worked in the financial sector. He spent part of his career abroad.
“In Austria it seemed that most of the people were working to live instead of living to work, which was primarily what I experienced in New York City,” he told The Park Record in late 2020. “The seed was during my time in Europe that maybe I should work in an industry that was really close to my heart.”
He also said in an interview at the time that he “always wanted to live in Park City after hearing so many good things about the community.”