Jerry Blann

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort president Jerry Blann plans to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s president of 22 years will retire at the end of this ski season after ushering the resort through more than $200 million worth of updates, changes and additions.

Jerry Blann joined the resort in 1995 shortly after it was purchased by the Kemmerer family. Since he assumed the helm, the resort has become one of the country’s top ski destinations, including being named No. 1 in Ski Magazine and Forbes. Skier visits increased during that time from the 200,000s to almost 600,000.

“I would be surprised if any ski resort president has done more for a mountain resort than Jerry over these last 22 years,” said Gov. Matt Mead in a news release. “His leadership at the Village, in the community and across the state is as awe-inspiring as the mountain itself. I say a big Wyoming thank you to a friend and great leader.”

Blann also serves on boards for the Jackson Hole Airport, Teton Village Association and the Wyoming Business Council.

He said he does not plan to leave Jackson after his retirement.

“There is an irony when you work in the tourism industry that you have little time to actually enjoy the benefits,” he said in the release. “I’ve worked hard with a passion for the ski industry and have extraordinary admiration for an incredible team at JHMR.”

The Kemmerer family plans to announce a new president in January.

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