As Katie works to get the staff bios updated and the new staff photos loaded, here is a quick snapshot at who is going to work at the ranch this summer:
Front Office: Devyn has Shannon and Katie returning to help her run the show, while Marshall steps in to learn the ropes from these hospitality pros. Zach is busy getting the very last hires onboard while lining out the archery range, and Steph is focusing her energy on spreading the word about the ranch to potential guests. With baby Willy bundled up and sleeping, Annie will be busy organizing the store and finding the next must-have apparel for our guests.
F&B: Steady Cholly continues to lead this talented crew with his sidekick Jonathon. Melissa is back at it baking up a storm, and Ben and Chase return to help keep the knives chopping and the stovetop sizzling. Kurt will be arriving soon to hone his culinary skills, Lindsey will be cleaning up a storm in the dish pit, and a few more chefs will arrive in the coming week.
Damon continues to lead the front of the house, and Sarah and Katie (when she is not in the office) are returning to help teach Cole, Mary Scott, and Sarah #2 the VVR way of service. Anna is stepping out from the kitchen this summer to learn more about the front of the house.
Barn: Mary shows up strong with an all-female team of wranglers, and good luck with the names! Coming back for another season are Steph K, Steph S, Maddie, Sophia, and Cass. A highly talented group of new recruits are ready to hit the trails, so keep an eye out for Allie, Madeline, Chaffin, Ellie, and Tory.
Guides: Ben Simms has his bike tuned and fly rod rigged and ready to get out and explore with you. And right behind him are guide veterans Shannan, Miller, Greg, Mette, and Harry. Sarah G is moving over from the dining room to hit the hiking trails with you, and Jake rolls in with experience guiding at another guest ranch to learn the terrain around Vista Verde. Of course, if the guides wear you out too much, Sarah B is still our gal for massage therapy.
Kid Wranglers: Everyone wants to work for Mandy, so she heads into the summer with an expert team of kid wranglers who just cannot get enough of wrangling kids at VVR. Julia, Max, Nick, and Erica will set the example for Gigi and Molly to follow.
Housekeeping: After taking an already top-notch housekeeping team to the next level as they operated through the pandemic, Hannah has some all stars coming back to help her keep the ranch in tip top shape. Autumn, Abby, and Caroline know how to get the job done, and they will be helping get River, Ashley, and Mariah up to speed on how to hide Willie the Moose as well as making the perfect hospital corner.
Ranch Hands: With the leadership of Bill and Patrick, the ranch hand team is a robust crew of people ready to do whatever it takes to get the job done. A pair of Jacks are coming back and will show Jacob, Maggie, Heyward, Clint, Noah, and Gio how to fix a fence, dig a ditch, and navigate the right turns around Steamboat.
Last, but not least, the management team grows a bit as we refine and improve our systems and operations. Big Ben and Charlie hone the vision and lead the team, while Phil has been added to the team to help oversee the finances and back-end operations.
We are excited for a great summer with this A-team ready to serve our guests. Check back in to our staff bio page in the coming weeks to learn a little more about these folks.