Black Tie Ski Rentals has new owners |

Black Tie Ski Rentals has new owners

Ian Prichard with new Black Tie Steamboat owner Brian Savino.

Ian Prichard is selling the growing ski rental delivery service he started 14 years ago out of a garage off Hilltop Parkway.

But don’t expect the businessman to fade from the booming ski delivery business he pioneered.

Prichard said the sale of Black Tie Ski Rentals in Steamboat Springs will allow him to support the 14 other Black Tie locations that have popped up across the United States and Canada in recent years.

He will also have more time to spend with his family.

Prichard is handing the reins of the flagship Black Tie location to Brian and Andrea Savino, who come into the business with a passion for skiing, customer service and community involvement.

Some community members may have already seen the Savinos helping direct traffic at busy community events or helping skiers and boarders at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Both Brian and Andrea Savino have served as ski area ambassadors and community service officers.

They are further engraining themselves into the community by purchasing a successful business.

“Owning our own business like Black Tie Ski Rentals has been a lifelong passion,” Brian Savino said. “Running its flagship operation in Steamboat is truly a distinct privilege.”

Prichard said Savino shares his passion and commitment to customer service.

“I think one of the really important things for Brian is investing in a local company,” Prichard said. “He didn’t need to do this. He wanted to do this to become a more meaningful part of the community.”

Black Tie Steamboat offers a full-service ski rental delivery and a retail and service shop at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The company also has a kiosk at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and manages the One Steamboat Place ski valet, a five-star private residence club.

In addition to the new ownership in Steamboat, Black Tie announced the opening of a new ski rental delivery service in Banff, Alberta.

Black Tie now services 37 ski resorts in 15 locations, each of which is individually owned.

The Steamboat location in employs 45 people during the winter season.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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