Windham Mountain Sees Change in Leadership

By AlpineZone News |
Mar 09 2005 - 01:35 PM

WINDHAM, New York ??” After 23 years at Windham Mountain, Dan Frank has decided to step down as general manager at the end of this month. Fortunately for the resort, he plans to maintain his role as president and focus on long-term projects for Windham Mountain and its parent company, Snow Time. Assuming the role of GM will be Tim Woods, who currently serves as assistant GM at the resort.

“I will be around to make sure that the management change is seamless,” Frank wrote in his blog at “I also plan to get some much-needed R&R and to pursue some other business interests.

During his time at Windham Mountain, Frank oversaw over $30 million in improvements and he leaves the resort in outstanding shape. He began his skiing career as a teenager teaching skiing, and in 1969 became a Level III Certified Member of PSIA. After graduating from Hobart College with high honors, Frank took over Toggenburg as general manager from 1972 through 1982. Frank has been an avid supporter of industry associations, serving two terms as chairman of Ski Areas of New York as well as chairing the Workers Compensation Committee and Legislative Committee. He has also serves on the National Ski Areas Association Board of Directors.

Frank’s biggest commitment in the industry comes through his son Chris, who has been skiing and racing since the age of two and is now an accomplished NCAA racer. Frank and his wife Karen have spent much of their free time at finish lines all over the country watching Chris race. He has also been very active in the Windham community as the treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Greene County Planning Board, and chairman of Greene County Industrial Development Agency.

“We are going to miss seeing Dan every day, but it’s a relief to know that he’s still here when we need his help,” said Kirt Zimmer, marketing director for the resort. “His intelligence, warmth and integrity have made a huge and very positive impact on many people.”

Like his predecessor and mentor, Woods has been involved with the ski industry since his childhood. He grew up at his family’s ski area, Woods Valley, and worked beside his father installing lifts and a snowmaking system. While studying economics and business administration at Utica College of Syracuse University, he was captain of the alpine ski team. Prior to joining Windham Mountain (then Ski Windham) in 1997, Woods worked as a stock broker, business analyst, custom builder and estate manager. At the age of just 39, he now runs one of the largest companies in the region. Woods lives in Windham with his wife, Nuala, and their children Freya, Nuala, Finn and Aiden.

“Tim has a broad skill set that is just ideal for a general manager,” said Zimmer. “His curiosity, natural diplomacy and analytical skills are a huge resource for Windham Mountain. The staff is thrilled that he will be at the helm as we continue to grow in our role as New York’s favorite family ski area.”