It's not everyday you meet someone who has lived their life successfully climbing the resort management ladder. Then again, it's not everyday you meet a guy like Ed Youmans. Mountain Creek is excited to announce that effective immediately,  Ed Youmans is returning to his native New Jersey to become the resort's Chief Operating Officer.

Youmans' extensively resort-based resume began at Mountain Creek where he was a liftie in the 80s, back when the resort was still called Vernon Valley/Great Gorge. He learned to ski there at the age of nine and naturally found his name on the payroll years later. Since that day, he's never held a full-time position in any other industry.

After advancing up the ranks from a lift operator to Mountain Operations Manager, Youmans headed west and took an executive position with Lake Tahoe's Diamond Peak in 1995 where he stayed for 13 years. At Diamond Peak he continued to climb the corporate ladder, reaching the top rung of General Manager.

Youmans’ return to Mountain Creek is also a reunion of sorts for himself and Bill Benneyan, to whom he reported when Benneyan was GM at Vernon Valley/Great Gorge in 1994. Benneyan, who became the Chief Marketing Officer for Crystal Springs and Mountain Creek in 2010, will be working hand-in-hand with Youmans as the two oversee the resort's development into one of the most modern, full-service alpine adventure faculties on the east coast.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Ed coming back to Mountain Creek as a peer. His work rehabilitating Diamond Peak is well known in the industry and with the new capital we’re investing in this resort, I couldn’t think of a better guy to guide us through some amazing years of growth,” Benneyan said.

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