Running a resort at 7,000 feet
There is new ambiance and a new general manager at the Silver City Mountain Resort, located in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. Meet Hannah Parsons, 28, who took over this summer for former manager Michael Seaward. After 10 seasons at Silver City, Seaward departed to run the new Darling Hotel in downtown Visalia. New general manager
It wasn’t a difficult decision for owner Philippe Rombeaut, who lives in Bulgaria, and also spends part of each year at his Los Angeles property. Parsons has worked the last seven years doing every job there is to do at the Silver City Mountain Resort: cabins, store, and restaurant. As operations manager for the last four years, co-workers and guests alike, realize Parsons runs a tight ship. New general manager
Hannah, a real country girl who loves the mountains, does not rely on others to tell her about all the Mineral King area has to offer. Her experience ensures that her guests will maximize their time at Silver City and explore what and where is appropriate to time and fitness level.
When her busy schedule permits, Hannah enjoys those Mineral King hiking trails and has learned much in the past seven years about this gem of Sequoia National Park. Lately, her time off is unpredictable because this pandemic year has been unlike all others in the resort’s 90-year history.
“We’re strictly following the CDH directives for social distancing and sanitizing of the resort premises,” Hannah said. “The safety of’ staff and our guests is our priority.” New general manager
The pandemic presents a daunting challenge in town but try running a business 20 miles up the Mineral King Road. The Silver City resort, since it first opened, is the town center of Silver City, a cabin community that developed on a patented timber claim encircled by Sequoia National Park.
There are 32 privately owned cabins on fee-simple land in addition to the rental cabins, store, and restaurant that make up Silver City Mountain Resort.
It takes fortitude to live and work most of the year at 7,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada. In the video interview, Hannah reveals how she does it and makes it look easy.