Keystone Resort names Geoff Buchheister next lead executive
August 1, 2017
Vail Resorts, Inc., announced Tuesday the appointment of longtime ski industry executive Geoff Buchheister as Keystone Resort’s new vice president and general manager.
Buchheister has almost two decades of experience in the ski industry and was most recently Vail Resorts’ vice president and general manager of urban ski areas in the Midwest following a 15-year career at Park City Mountain Resort, which Vail acquired in 2014. Growing up in Winter Park, Colorado — where his father was an executive with Winter Park Resort — Buchheister went on to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder where he was a three-time NCAA All-America ski racer.
“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,” Buchheister said in a news release. “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.”
The new hire follows the late-June announcement that Mike Goar, formerly Keystone’s vice president and COO, would transition over to Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe in the role of COO. In that position he’ll also help oversee operations at two other Vail properties, Kirkwood Mountain and Northstar California resorts.
Buchheister and his wife, Tina, a physical therapist who was also a three-time NCAA All-America ski racer at the University of Utah, have two children, and the family will be relocating from Park City to Summit County so he may fulfill his new role. The search for Buchheister's replacement as vice president of Vail’s Midwest urban ski areas begins immediately.