Alterra Mountain Company Announces the Retirement of Dee Byrne of Palisades Tahoe in California


After holding numerous positions across prominent mountains and brands, Dee joined Palisades Tahoe in 2011 as the Managing Director of Snowsports Schools and Ski Teams. She was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Skier Services in 2017, responsible for overseeing the Guest Experience, Ski and Snowboard Teams, Ski and Snowboard Schools, Ticketing/Contact Center, non-ski activities and Mountain Hosts and then to the position of President & COO in 2021. In addition to her leadership role at the resort, Dee serves on multiple Boards of Directors and received PSIA/AASI’s National “Distinguished Service Award” in April 2020.

During her tenure, Dee ushered the Palisades Tahoe team through a number of transformational moments with her thoughtful leadership and sharp thinking, including the resort’s meaningful name change, the much-anticipated installation and opening of the Palisades Tahoe Base to Base Gondola connecting Palisades and Alpine, the successful implementation of reservation-based parking to enhance the guest experience and address significant traffic issues, and the 22/23 winter season’s record-breaking snowfall and its operational challenges that accompanied it. Dee’s leadership also led to the execution of two extraordinarily successful FIS World Cup events, as well as a variety of special events, concerts with acclaimed headliners to crowds of thousands, and millions of happy skiers and riders.

During her time at Palisades Tahoe, Dee’s reputation as a strategic, thoughtful, and caring leader has earned her the deserved respect of her team and in the community in which she has gracefully managed through significant events throughout her career,” said Mark Brownlie, Chief Operating Officer, Alterra Mountain Company. “Dee will be very missed at the resort and amongst the company’s leadership. We are grateful that Dee will be an integral part of this leadership transition.”

It’s been such an honor to work alongside the team and lead Palisades Tahoe. I look forward to the days ahead knowing the resort is in good hands with the current outstanding leadership team and dedicated employees who will continue to advance Palisades Tahoe,” said Dee Byrne, President & COO, Palisades Tahoe. “I plan to stay in the Tahoe area and focus my time on giving back to this wonderful community, while being an avid guest at this world-class and beloved mountain.”

During my time as president at Palisades Tahoe, I quickly learned to respect Dee’s thoughtful approach and strong leadership. Like so many others in the industry, our company, and the broader community, Dee’s impact on me is positive and enduring, and I join everyone in thanking her for her many dedicated years of service and friendship,” said Ron Cohen, Executive Vice President, Alterra Mountain Company.

Dee will remain in her position through the transition to a new President & COO. Alterra will begin the search process immediately for a new President & COO of Palisades Tahoe who will oversee all operations, enhance the employee and guest experience, while continuing to build and strengthen community relationships, and drive profitability of the destination.

About Alterra Mountain Company

Alterra Mountain Company is a family of iconic year-round mountain destinations, the world’s largest heli-skiing operation, and Ikon Pass – the premier ski and snowboard season pass offering access to more than 50 iconic mountain destinations around the world. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado and born out of a shared love of the mountains and adventure, the company has brought together some of the world’s most aspirational brands, including: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Valley in California; Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Schweitzer in Idaho; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in British Columbia. Also included in the portfolio is Alpine Aerotech, a worldwide helicopter support and maintenance service center in British Columbia, Canada, Aspenware, the ski industry leader in technology services and e-commerce, and Ski Butlers, the global leader in ski and snowboard rental delivery. For more information, please visit

About Palisades Tahoe

Voted by the Wall Street Journal as the best ski resort in the United States, Palisades Tahoe is Lake Tahoe’s largest premier resort destination spanning 6,000 skiable acres across eight peaks, now linked by the Base to Base Gondola. Hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics and housing esteemed Olympic and World Cup athletes, the resort enjoys an average annual snowfall of 400 inches, boasting Lake Tahoe’s longest season. Referred to as the Spring Skiing Capital®, the resort offers skiing and riding through Memorial Day. The Village at Palisades Tahoe hosts year-round events, entertainment, and a plethora of bars, restaurants, and boutiques. Ski at Palisades Tahoe like never before with the Ikon Pass, granting access to 50+ top ski destinations. Visit the website or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more. You can also visit Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Vimeo.


Amelie Bruzat

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