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Posted on Fri, May 24, 2013 : 5:43 p.m.

Vail Resorts appoints new general manager to replace longtime Mt. Brighton owner

By Ben Freed

Longtime Mt. Brighton Ski Resort owner Joe Bruhn has announced that he will retire once new general manager Taylor Ogilvie takes over later this summer.

Ogilvie, appointed by new owners Vail Resorts, will begin managing the resort on June 10. Rob Bruhn, the resort's operations manager and Joe’s son, told the Livingston Daily that he will be staying on in his same position and that his father will retire at some point in the near future.


Mt. Brighton Ski Resort will have major renovations and a new general manager before it opens for business next winter.

Lon Horwedel | Ann Arbor News file photo

According to a news release from Vail Resorts, Ogilvie is originally from Chicago and started his career as a ski instructor at Vail after graduating from the University of Colorado.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Taylor’s ski resort management experience become general manager of Mt. Brighton,” Eric Simon, vice president and general manager of urban ski areas at Vail Resorts, said in a statement.

“Taylor has had tremendous success working across all mountain operations and will bring remarkable insight on the Vail Resorts guest experience to Mt. Brighton. Plus, growing up skiing in the Midwest, Taylor understands how special ski areas like Mt. Brighton are.”

According to the Livingston Daily, Bruhn said that 2012 was one of the worst seasons he could remember at the resort. After purchasing the property in December, Vail announced that it would be investing $10 million for improvements to the ski and snowboard resort.

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jim c

Tue, May 28, 2013 : 12:49 p.m.

I sure hope they put some money into the building and grounds. It always has looked run down and out of date. Not to mention all of the rusted out equipment and supplies laying around everywhere. That place looked like it had so much potential to be a nice dinner/social meeting spot but they never attempted to clean it up and make it appealing. After driving by and seeing the condition of the property and building, I could never have the courage to go inside to eat or drink anything there as I just imagined the condition of the kitchen and food/service area. If these guys correct that, I think it would be a great place to hang out for dinner and drinks with the a potential great view of course and the ski area in the winter. Good luck to the new owners.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 12:34 a.m.

I used to work there when Bill Riskey owned it. I worked nights as a snow maker/maintenance department. It was a lot like being in the arctic then, even if the surrounding countryside was brown and bereft of snow, we would be in an environment that mire resembled the arctic than Michigan. It was satisfying work and I really liked the crew I worked with. That was back in 1985. It's a different world now.

Honest Abe

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

cool place.