Ski corp. hires new director of marketing |

Ski corp. hires new director of marketing

— The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has hired a former Resort Sports Network television executive to assist the resort’s marketing effort.

Steamboat Vice President of Marketing Andy Wirth announced Monday Doug LaPlaca has been hired as the new director of marketing for the ski area. LaPlaca starts his new position today. He is filling a position vacant since Wirth was promoted to his current role in June 2000. Before coming to Steamboat, LaPlaca was the regional director of sales and marketing for RSN.

Prior to his role with RSN, LaPlaca worked at Heavenly Ski Resort as the manager of marketing and merchandising.

LaPlaca will report to Wirth and be responsible for advertising, developing and executing all resort promotions, managing the marketing aspects of major television events, formulating strategic partnerships, leading sponsorship marketing efforts and coordinating and integrating resort campaigns.

Wirth predicted LaPlaca’s experience would make Steamboat more competitive within the ski industry.

“Doug’s work will allow us to take advantage of additional opportunities,” Wirth said.

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RSN was founded in 1986 with the vision of forming a national network of TV stations serving mountain resorts. In 2000 it had 29 affiliates serving 80 destination resorts. Within the past year, RSN has formed alliances with America Online and The Weather Channel.

RSN also maintains a Web site with links to live Web cams featuring current conditions at mountain resorts all over the nation.

LaPlaca has authored several articles on land-use issues and outdoor recreation, which have been published in national and international publications.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Nevada. LaPlaca and his wife, Dawn, will relocate to Steamboat Springs with their 2-year-old son, Jake.