Our Team

Tyler Newman

Tyler Newman - General Manager

Tyler Newman is a seasoned hospitality professional with over 20 years of management experience in ski resort hospitality. It all started in Telluride working as a busboy at the Floradora Saloon at the age of 14 years old! Tyler went on to become a Western State College graduate and remained in the Gunnison Valley to gain more work experience in the ski resort service industry. He has worked as General Manager in various lodging properties in the Crested Butte area. Tyler is psyched to be back in Telluride with his wife, Sarah, and stepson, Isaiah. You will see his two older daughters visit from time to time. When not at work, you will find Tyler mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, floating on a river/lake or chilling out at a campsite.


Alicia Moe

Alicia Moe - Assistant General Manager

Raised in Michigan, Alicia moved west after graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in Hospitality Management. Since 1997, she has lived in many western ski resort communities, where she has been involved in many areas of the hotel/resort and vacation rental businesses. She enjoys the mountains and all the outdoor activities like hiking, whitewater rafting, off-roading, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and just traveling to new destinations. 

Misha Bota - Fractional Owner Services Manager

Misha has been working in hospitality since 2008 and has accumulated a vast knowledge of the industry. He has been employed at the Bear Creek Lodge for over 10 years. After starting as a shuttle driver, he moved into a concierge role and has now been managing the fractional owner services office since 2017. His prior work at a high-end hotel brand helped him work towards his current position. Misha believes that the most effective way to cultivate a great relationship with owners is to be attentive and provide communication in a quick and timely manner. 


He is originally from Moldova (Eastern Europe) and has been living in Telluride for over 12 years. The Bear Creek Lodge has been his favorite place to work and live and he considers it his home and his family.


Josh Riley

Josh Riley - Maintenance Manager

Josh joined the Bear Creek Lodge family in 2019. He grew up near Boulder, Colorado, and after several stints in the military, found a home in Ridgway, Colorado. Besides working on the lodge's funicular, Josh enjoys spending his time hunting, fishing, and as a backcountry guide. Josh is also an outdoor blogger and adventure enthusiast with a wife and three kids. 

Apache Foster

Apache Foster - Maintenance Lead

Apache grew up in western Colorado and has many hidden talents, which makes him the go-to guy at the Bear Creek Lodge. He enjoys fixing cars and really anything he can get his hands on.

Bernie Hernandez

Bernie Hernandez - Maintenance Tech

Bernie has been working in maintenance at Bear Creek Lodge since 2016. He always has a smile and a helping hand. While not working, he enjoys spending time with his family. 

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce - Valet/Guest Services

Paul is a longtime Telluride local with a lot of great hidden treasures he enjoys sharing with guests. He joined the Bear Creek Lodge team in 2014. When Paul is off the clock, he enjoys a lot of adventurous hobbies, whether it's rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding and spending time with his wife. 

Shonda Young - Concierge

Shonda grew up mainly in Texas, spending her late teens in North Idaho. She moved to the Western Slope in 2005 where she has made Colorado her permanent home with her three children. She has enjoyed getting to know Telluride and Mountain Village over the last couple of years, and looks forward to exploring more. She is always ready to help with a smile and her signature southern charm.

Amanda Kitler

Amanda Kitler - Concierge

Wild child Amanda is always pushing into the unknown. Going from being home-schooled on a farm in rural Michigan to applying nationwide for a break from her master's program was an adventure. Almost three years later, she is continuing her hiatus and exploring the mountains. You're likely to bump into her outside of work in a yoga class, dancing at a festival, rock climbing, backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing/snowboarding, paddleboarding, or trying something new and exciting (paragliding is next on the list!). Expect her to have a camera in hand, a twinkle in her eye, and a fun fact about to escape her lips.