Vail Resorts names Geoff Buchheister new Keystone Resort general manager |

Vail Resorts names Geoff Buchheister new Keystone Resort general manager

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BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced the appointment of Geoff Buchheister, previously vice president for the company’s urban ski areas, as the new vice president and general manager for Keystone Resort.

The appointment follows the announcement earlier this summer that Mike Goar would be transitioning from the role at Keystone to serve as the new Heavenly Mountain Resort chief operating officer, with additional oversight of the company’s Kirkwood Mountain and Northstar California resorts.

“Over his 15-year career at Park City, and in his most recent role providing leadership for the urban ski areas, Geoff has demonstrated a passion for our business as well as the capacity to manage its complexity and intensity,” said Chris Jarnot, mountain division executive vice president at Vail Resorts. “His drive and focus on the guest experience and the ability to connect with colleagues, resort guests and communities have established him as a successful leader for our company and within the industry,”

Buchheister has nearly 20 years of ski resort industry experience, primarily at Park City in various financial leadership roles, most recently as the director of finance and resort services. He joined Vail Resorts in 2014 as part of the company’s acquisition of Park City Mountain Resort and was appointed to lead the company’s urban ski areas including Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and recently acquired Wilmot in Wisconsin. During his tenure as the urban ski areas general manager, Buchheister led the $13 million capital improvement plan at Wilmot, which included new lifts, a revitalized base area, a new terrain park and high speed rope tow and expanded state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities.

Buchheister grew up in the ski industry in Winter Park, where his father was an executive with the resort, and he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was a three-time NCAA All-American racer on the ski team.

“I am very much looking forward to continuing my leadership with the company at Keystone where the incredibly talented team has established the resort as the premier mountain resort experience for families,” said Buchheister. “In alignment with our company’s mission, I expect this next opportunity in my professional career to be an experience of a lifetime for me and my family.”

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