Suncadia resort furloughs about 150 employees

Associated Press

SEATTLE — A luxury mountain resort in central Washington has temporarily furloughed more than half its employees.

Suncadia managing director Roger Beck told The Seattle Times for a story Wednesday that a weak economy and thin snow levels have hurt occupancy at the resort.

Beck said the resort employed about 240 people last year. The company placed about 150 employees, including 19 managers, on temporary furlough on Jan. 4. Suncadia will call them back to work when business improves.

The lodge about 80 miles east of Seattle opened in April 2008. It is owned by California-based Lowe Enterprises, which operates resorts across the nation.