East West Destination Hospitality names Tom Puntel Vice President of Sales & Marketing

East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that Tom Puntel is now serving as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the growing company, which manages more than $2.5 billion in vacation rental assets at mountain resorts in Colorado and California.

A seasoned hospitality sales executive with more than 25 years of experience, Puntel spent the last 13 years with Hyatt Hotels, most recently serving as the Director of Sales, Marketing & Events at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Puntel also held property level and regional level sales leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Intercontinental Group in both Denver and Chicago.

A graduate of Purdue University, Puntel will be responsible for building a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy for East West Destination Hospitality, which manages properties in Beaver Creek, Vail and Snowmass in Colorado and in Lake Tahoe, California, including Vail Spa, which completed more than $10 million in upgrades last winter, and the newest luxury property in the Vail Village, the Lion.

“This newly created position for the organization is based on the growing interest that we are seeing from property owners to drive value and from vacation renters to experience unique services in the amazing mountain resorts where we do business,” said Colleen Weiss-Hanen, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner for East West Destination Hospitality.

East West Destination Hospitality currently manages 80 homeowner associations for more than 13,000 individual owners. Named Colorado’s “Best Property Management Company” by ColoradoBIZ Magazine, the company prides itself on providing expertise in real estate and property management and the highest levels of customer service.

For more information, please visit www.eastwestdestinationhospitality.com or call 970.763.7126.

By | 2017-11-14T04:42:06+00:00 November 14th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality names Tom Puntel Vice President of Sales & Marketing

East West Destination Hospitality now offering luxury lodging at the Lion

East West Destination Hospitality is now offering luxury vacation lodging at the Vail Valley’s hottest new high-end property, the Lion.

Developed and owned by Grupo Pegaso, the Lion offers a variety of lavish “alpine modern” residences ranging from 1- to 5-bedrooms, all with opulent finishes and spacious balconies, plus three levels of underground parking and an amazing location in the heart of Lionshead. Summer rates start at $259 per night for a studio residence.

Amenities at the Lion include a huge outdoor salt-water hot tub, an indoor infinite current lap pool and salt-water hot tub, a fitness center with steam room and an entertainment room. Located less than 350 yards from Vail’s Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Lion offers Ski Valet service and oversized ski lockers with boot dryers to their winter guests.

Residences can be booked at www.thelionvail.com or by calling (866) 282-7056.

East West Destination Hospitality’s newly established Vail Mountain Lodging division is overseeing the rental residences. Vail Mountain Lodging currently encompasses several unique luxury homes and Vail properties in addition to the Lion: Vail Spa, the Wren at Vail and Eagle Point Resort round out the collection.

“We are thrilled to offer exclusive access to the newest luxury residential development in the Vail Valley this summer,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Peter Dann. “Guests can enjoy a fantastic vacation with the best amenities and the highest levels of service in the heart of Vail.”

Last winter, East West Destination Hospitality oversaw $10 million in upgrades to the Vail Spa Condominiums, another East West managed property, which is located next door to the Lion.

 

Named Colorado’s “Best Property Management” company for 2016 by ColoradoBIZ Magazine, East West Destination Hospitality currently manages 65 homeowner associations for more than 13,000 individual owners. With more than $1.2 billion in assets under management, the company prides itself on providing expertise in real estate and property management and the highest levels of customer service.

For more information, please visit www.eastwestdestinationhospitality.com or call 970.763.7126.

To book your stay at The Lion, please visit www.thelionvail.com or www.vailmountainlodging.com.

By | 2017-11-07T04:37:55+00:00 November 7th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality now offering luxury lodging at the Lion

East West Destination Hospitality hires Kris McKinnon to serve as Director of Sales for Vail & Beaver Creek

East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that it has hired Kris McKinnon to serve as the Director of Sales for its Vail Mountain Lodging and Beaver Creek Mountain Lodging divisions.

A veteran sales executive with more than 20 years of mountain travel industry experience, McKinnon joins East West Destination Hospitality after spending more than a decade at SKI.com, where she most recently served as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development. A graduate of Colorado Mountain College, she spent nearly 10 years as a ski instructor & manager for Aspen Skiing Company before moving into sales, where she rose to the position of Managing Director of Worldwide Sales. McKinnon is the most recent Past President of the Board of Directors for SkiTops, the official Ski Tour Operators Association.

“Kris is a seasoned ski industry sales executive who has proven her expertise in leading sales teams, increasing revenues and strategic planning,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Peter Dann. “We are thrilled to have her taking charge of our luxury vacation sales efforts in Vail and Beaver Creek as we ramp up for another busy ski season.”

In addition to managing sales for over 250 condominiums, townhomes and private homes in Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, McKinnon will manage the reservations sales team for Vail Mountain Lodging.  Vail Mountain Lodging encompasses several unique luxury homes and Vail properties, including Vail Spa – which completed $10 million in upgrades last winter – the Wren at Vail, Eagle Point Resort. East West Destination Hospitality recently announced that it is also now offering luxury vacation lodging at the Vail Valley’s hottest new high-end property, the Lion.

By | 2017-11-07T04:28:49+00:00 November 7th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality hires Kris McKinnon to serve as Director of Sales for Vail & Beaver Creek

East West Destination Hospitality & The Westin Riverfront honored by Vail Valley Partnership

East West Destination Hospitality and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain are thrilled to have both been named finalists in the 14th Success Awards by the Vail Valley Partnership.

East West Destination Hospitality is being honored as a “2016 Business of the Year” and The Westin Riverfront was honored as a “2016 Best Place to Work.”

We’re excited to celebrate with all of the amazing Vail Valley business nominees at the awards luncheon on May 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

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To view the full list of nominees, please click here.

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 April 10th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality & The Westin Riverfront honored by Vail Valley Partnership

The Westin Riverfront hosting World Cup Viewing Party

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is holding a special World Cup Viewing Party this Saturday as the resort’s Resident Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin seeks to clinch the Audi FIS Ski World Cup title for the season in Aspen.

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Please join us in The Westin Riverfront Lobby from NOON – 4pm on Saturday, March 18th for a viewing party of the NBC Sports coverage. When Mikaela wins, Crazy Mountain Brewery will be pouring complimentary beer (must be 21years old).

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 March 13th, 2017|news|Comments Off on The Westin Riverfront hosting World Cup Viewing Party

Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series continues with important titles

Don’t miss the Walking Mountains Science Center’s 2017 Sustainable Film Series, which are shown on the 1st Tuesday of every month at Loaded Joes in Avon and 3rd Tuesday of every month at Dusty Boot in Eagle starting at 6:30 p.m.

East West Destination Hospitality is proud to once again be a “Sustaining Sponsor” of this important series, which is designed to raise awareness and encourage community dialogue about environmental issues afflicting our world through award-winning independent featured films.

The upcoming schedule includes:

  • The Burden & Nature’s Orchestra – Feb. 7 & 21st
  • The Messenger – March 7 & 21st
  • Racing to Zero – April 4 & 18th
  • The Power of One Voice – May 2 & 16th

No reservations are required. To view a complete list of upcoming films, please click here.

By | 2017-02-03T16:06:09+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|news|Comments Off on Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series continues with important titles

East West Destination Hospitality promotes John Patterson to Regional Engineering Director

East West Destination Hospitality is pleased to announce that John (JP) Patterson has been promoted to the position of Regional Engineering Director overseeing The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain as well as Snowmass Hospitality and managed Associations.

Patterson joined the East West team in 2015 as the Director of Engineering at The Westin Riverfront. He previously spent more than 20 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, including more than nine years as the Corporate Director of Projects. He also spent nearly five years in Engineering Management for Hyatt Hotels.

“The Westin Riverfront and the associations managed by Snowmass Hospitality involve very complex systems, so we are fortune to have someone of JP’s caliber overseeing both teams,” said East West Destination Hospitality Managing Partner Colleen Weiss-Hanen. “JP is very well respected and has demonstrated the ability to manage complicated systems while overseeing a strong engineering team.”

Last month, East West Partners, KSL Capital Partners, LLC and Aspen Skiing Company finalized the purchase to complete Colorado’s Snowmass Base Village project. The joint venture includes all commercial spaces in the Base Village, the Snowmass Hospitality property management company and the Viceroy Hotel, as well as all remaining development parcels. Construction in the Snowmass Base Village is expected to begin this spring.

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Congrats to JP!

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 January 17th, 2017|news|Comments Off on East West Destination Hospitality promotes John Patterson to Regional Engineering Director

Record powder piling up in Colorado & California!

A series of strong winter storms continue to cover Lake Tahoe and the Vail Valley in record snow levels – Northstar is reporting 42 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and 122 inches in the past 7 days. That is more than 10 feet of snow!!

In the Vail Valley, both Vail & Beaver Creek are reporting more than 30 inches of fresh powder this week.

Enjoy the amazing skiing – and stay safe out there!

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By | 2017-06-27T03:53:48+00:00 January 11th, 2017|news|Comments Off on Record powder piling up in Colorado & California!

Beaver Creek ranked #2 Best Ski Resort for Families by U.S.A. Today

USA Today 10 Best is kicking off 2017 with a new list of the “Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families” and it ranks Beaver Creek Resort as the #2 destination.

The story gives praise to Beaver Creek’s Buckaroo Express Gondola, which helps little ones stay warm as they get comfortable on beginner green terrain.

And of course they mention everyone’s favorite way to end a ski day – with one (or three) of Beaver Creek’s world famous warm chocolate chip cookies.

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Click here to read the full story – and congrats to Beaver Creek!

By | 2017-06-27T03:53:52+00:00 January 9th, 2017|news|Comments Off on Beaver Creek ranked #2 Best Ski Resort for Families by U.S.A. Today

East West Partners, KSL Capital Partners & Aspen Skiing Co. Close on Purchase of Snowmass Base Village from Related Cos.

A joint venture of East West Partners (East West), Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), and an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (KSL)has closed on the acquisition of the Snowmass base village project from Snowmass Acquisition Company, an affiliate of the Related Companies (Related).

The purchase includes all remaining development parcels and commercial spaces in base village, the Snowmass Hospitality property management company and the Viceroy Hotel, including the unsold condominium units within the Viceroy.

The joint venture, comprised entirely of Colorado-based companies, will move swiftly to commence construction on the partially complete base village core in Spring 2017, with East West responsible for all day-to-day operations. The joint venture has actually been advancing predevelopment work on the entire core of the project since the deal was announced in September, including pre-construction on the Limelight Hotel and public plaza/ice rink and advancement of design on the community building and on the two front door buildings currently known as buildings 7 and 8.

The joint venture’s plan is to begin construction on the Limelight Hotel this spring, with construction of the community building, the public plaza/ice rink and Building 4 commencing over the summer. Construction of Buildings 7 and 8 is projected to start in the latter part of 2017.

“After over a year of hard work by all parties involved, we are thrilled to have closed on this acquisition. East West has been pursuing this project for many years so it is extremely exciting for this opportunity to finally come to fruition with the help of our partners at Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital.” said Craig Ferraro, East West managing partner. “We believe the completion of base village will be a great addition to Snowmass, and we could not imagine a better group of dedicated and experienced partners to join forces with to make this happen.”

ASC will purchase from the joint venture and operate the Limelight Hotel and a Four Mountain Sports retail space from the joint venture once these components of the project are finished. ASC will operate both properties after it buys them from the joint venture. This will be the third Limelight hotel for ASC, with the new Limelight in Ketchum, ID scheduled to open shortly. The upscale casual concept has proven successful in Aspen.

“This is an exciting day for Aspen Skiing Company and the entire Snowmass community and we are happy to be moving forward,” said Mike Kaplan, president and CEO, Aspen Skiing Company. “We have remained committed to Snowmass as one of the best ski areas in the world and we are thrilled to be working with East West and KSL to complete the base village and bring our guests a world-class experience on and off the mountain.”

Andy Gunion from East West will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the joint venture. Gunion has been with East West for more than 12 years and has led the acquisition work on base village. He has a broad range of relevant experience from project management of East West’s Westin resort in Avon to his most recent role as CFO for the company. Gunion and his wife are relocating to the Roaring Fork Valley.

“This closing is the culmination of many months of extremely hard work by our joint venture and by Related. With the acquisition behind us, we can now turn our full attention to execution of the development plan,“ said Gunion.

“This is a complex and important project, so we are relocating and combining some of East West’s most experienced professionals from across the country with the excellent existing team at Snowmass Hospitality. We look forward to working with the Town and others in the community to continue our Snowmass education and to bring the full vision of base village to reality. With a new vibrant hotel, activated plaza, ice rink, Discovery Center, this next phase of development should prove to be an exciting, transformative period for Snowmass.”

Snowmass Mayor Markey Butler said there is renewed excitement around the base village project being handled by this local, Colorado-based team.

“With East West Partner’s track record in the ski industry and the commitment by KSL Partners and Aspen Skiing Company behind it all, we could not have envisioned a better more experienced partnership to move this forward and get base village finally finished,” Butler said.

By | 2016-12-27T04:42:14+00:00 December 27th, 2016|news|Comments Off on East West Partners, KSL Capital Partners & Aspen Skiing Co. Close on Purchase of Snowmass Base Village from Related Cos.