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Mike Kaplan announces his retirement as CEO of SkiCo in 2023

Halle Zander
Aspen Public Radio
Mike Kaplan and Aspen Skiing Co. managing partner Jim Crown celebrate SkiCo’s 75th anniversary with Champagne at the original Lift 1 chair at Willoughby Park in January. Kaplan on Wednesday announced that he will retire in 2023 as president and CEO. He has served in those roles for the past 16 years.

Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of the Aspen Skiing Co., announced to staff on Wednesday evening that he would be stepping down in April 2023.

Kaplan has served in his role as CEO for 16 years, and he has been with the company for nearly 30 years.

Asked why he was leaving, Kaplan said it has been a long time to have this job.

“You don’t actually stop thinking about it when you leave the office,” he said. “You take it home with you, for sure. It’s a round-the-clock, round-the-calendar, demanding job, and fresh perspectives — particularly in this role — I think are important.”

SkiCo officials say the company will immediately begin efforts to find Kaplan’s replacement.

Kaplan will continue to live in Aspen and help with the transition.

He will also continue working in an advisory capacity for the Crown family, who own SkiCo and are part owner of Alterra Mountain Co., which runs 15 major ski resorts.

Halle is an award-winning journalist and the All Things Considered anchor for Aspen Public Radio. She has been recognized for her work by the Public Media Journalists Association and the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Before she began working full-time with Aspen Public Radio in September 2021, Halle was a freelance broadcast journalist for both Aspen Public Radio and KDNK. Halle studied environmental analysis at Pitzer College. She was an educator at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and at the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program, where she taught youth radio and managed a weekly public affairs show.