Bryce Resort names new general manager
Bryce Resort in Basye has named Ryan Locher the ski destination’s new general manager.
Locher, a native of Bryce who attended Stonewall Jackson High School, assumed the role Aug. 29. He replaces Charles King.
Locher has a history at Bryce. The soon-to-be 38-year-old has worked at the resort in one fashion or another for 14 years, when he started work as a mountain manager.
Locher’s father, Horst, started Bryce Resort years ago and a steady stream of Lochers has been working there ever since.
“My uncle and my father started in 1966 and my uncle was general manager for 20 years here. He retired in 1999,” Ryan Locher said. “They still work today in the winter months. I’ve had great guidance from my father and uncle, and my aunt and mother work on the operations side as well.”
An accomplished skier, Locher comes from a family of skiers. He worked for several years as an instructor in Vermont and skied collegiately at Lees-McRae College in North Carolina.
Locher assumes the role after a winter that he calls one of the worst in the resort’s history.
“We can’t control Mother Nature,” he said. “(Since last year) we locked our costs down, we tightened our budgets to make sure we were ready for the following year. If the cold weather’s here we’ll have a great season. We’re staying on the positive side. The reports I’m seeing look pretty good but you never know. We’re ready to make snow at a moment’s notice and when the cold weather’s here we’ll be getting after it.”
Locher said that while he’s very familiar with the resort, having spent a good deal of his life near it, the general manager’s title brings with it a new set of challenges. He said that he’s learning as he goes with a little help from the resort’s former interim GM.
“There’s going to be a learning curve for me,” Locher said. “I’m going to take my time and dive into everything I need to know. … I’ve been slowly transitioning into GM with the help of Sally Montrey, who is the assistant general manager. It’s been a great transition. So far so good. There’s a bright outlook for the future of Bryce for sure.”
Overall, Bryce’s new general manager is excited, he said.
“I know the inner workings of Bryce very well,” Locher said. “I know the workplace, I know the operations. As far as a transition standpoint, I think hiring me helps out. Having a new general manager come in and know the community and the resort, I’m definitely ahead of the game but there’s still plenty of learning to go around. I’m excited. I think we’re heading on a good path. There will be good things to follow.”
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