CARRABASSETT VALLEY — John Diller, Sugarloaf’s general manager since 1998, announced his plans to retire after the 2014-15 ski season.

The announcement was made to Sugarloaf employees at a summer employee party last week. Diller’s retirement will conclude nearly 45 years of employment at Sugarloaf, the past 16 of which were as the resort’s general manager.

“Sugarloaf has been my home for nearly three quarters of my life, and it has provided me with a challenging and rewarding career,” Diller said in a statement. “The company is in a strong position, with an experienced and talented management team in place. The time feels right for me to step aside, and I’m excited to see the resort continue to grow after I leave.”

Diller’s career at Sugarloaf began in 1970 as a ski instructor, and he quickly moved up to take over management of the mountain’s fledgling freestyle program. In 1982, he became Sugarloaf’s vice president of operations, and stepped into the general manager role in 1998.

A search for Sugarloaf’s next general manager is underway. The resort anticipates having the position filled by mid-winter.

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