Aspen Skiing Co. names Susan Cross as its first female mountain manager |

Aspen Skiing Co. names Susan Cross as its first female mountain manager

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Susan Cross

ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. appointed a woman as the manager of one of its ski areas for the first time Thursday, when it named Susan Cross as Buttermilk mountain manager.

Cross has worked for the Skico since 1992, and she has been director of guest services at Snowmass since 1995. She was responsible for the mountain ambassadors program, racing, parking and transportation, mountain events and some on-mountain restaurants.

Skico picked Cross for the Buttermilk position because she was the “best person for the job,” not because she was a female candidate, Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said.

In a statement, Skico Vice President of Operations Rich Burkley said Cross brings “a strong fundamental knowledge of mountain operations to her new position. She is creative and innovative and incorporates fun and a passion for our winter sports in her management style.”

As Buttermilk mountain manager, Cross will oversee all day-to-day operations, including lifts, patrol, ski school, trails and guest services, and she will work with ESPN in preparation for the Winter X Games.

“I’m excited to take on new challenges,” Cross said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the staff at Buttermilk, continuing the success of the X Games, and learning all the ins and outs of a new mountain.”

The Buttermilk position became available in March when Skico named former mountain manager Kevin Hagerty as mountain manager at Aspen Highlands. The Highlands position opened with the retirement of Doug Mackenzie.

The Skico lost the only woman on its executive committee in July when Jeanne Mackowski resigned as the vice president of marketing.