Kathryn Wohlschlaeger, (303) 404-6466,


BROOMFIELD, Colo.- May 20, 2008– RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality announced today that Russ Craney has been selected as the new general manager of The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort.  He will start his new position June 10, 2008.  The Osprey at Beaver Creek formerly known as the Inn at Beaver Creek is undergoing a $7-million transformation this summer and will be relaunched as RockResorts’ newest addition in time for the 2008-2009 ski season.  

Craney brings a diverse resume to this position.  His experience encompasses leadership roles within the hospitality industry; however, he has also competed professionally on the US Mogul Tour.  The combination of his tenure within the hospitality industry and passion for skiing and the great outdoors makes him the ideal candidate for the position of general manager for The Osprey at Beaver Creek. 

From 1995 to 2000, Craney competed professionally on the US Mogul Tour.  In addition, he was a ski columnist for the Vail Daily from 1997-1999.  In 2000, he entered the hospitality industry as the general manager of Chap’s Grill & Chophouse at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.  From 2002 until 2005, he served as the banquet manager, assistant food and beverage director and food and beverage director respectively for the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.  In 2005, he joined the RockResorts family as the director of operations for the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera.  His most recent experience with the RockResorts collection was as the assistant general manager for the Hotel Jerome from 2007 until he accepted the position of general manager of The Osprey at Beaver Creek.   
“We are excited to welcome someone from within the RockResorts family to the position of general manager of The Osprey at Beaver Creek.  Russ’ proven commitment to the RockResorts standard of excellence made him a perfect fit for this position,” said Stan Brown, executive vice president and chief operating officer of RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality.  “His varied background will be invaluable when managing The Osprey at Beaver Creek, which is the closest hotel to a ski lift in North America.”
Craney Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

About RockResorts
RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resort hotels that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas™, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colo., Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo.; The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; Keystone Lodge & Spa in Keystone, Colo.; The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.; Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and The Landings St. Lucia, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.  Future RockResorts include; The Osprey at Beaver Creek (renovation to be complete in fall 2008); Eleven Biscayne Hotel & Spa in Miami, Fla. (scheduled to open in 2009); One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo. (scheduled to open in winter 2009/2010); Rum Cay Resort Marina, The Bahamas (scheduled to open in 2010); and the Third Turtle Club & Spa, Turks and Caicos (scheduled to open in 2011).