Vail Resorts announces leadership changes at Breckenridge and Keystone |

Vail Resorts announces leadership changes at Breckenridge and Keystone

A changing of the guard will soon be underway at the two Summit County ski resorts owned by Vail Resorts.

The company announced Monday, Nov. 3, that Breckenridge Ski Resort COO Pat Campbell will be promoted to president of mountain operations.

In August she will succeed Blaise Carrig, who will then become senior mountain advisor until he retires in 2017.

John Buhler, COO of Keystone Resort will succeed Campbell at Breckenridge, where both executives started with the company at the ski school.

Carrig, 63, started in the ski industry in 1976 at Sugarbush Resort where he became managing director. After more than 20 years, he moved to Canyons Resort and worked as president and managing director from 1997 to 2002. Then he joined Vail Resorts as COO of Heavenly Mountain Resort and became president of the mountain division in 2008.

Campbell, 51, began her career as a ski instructor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 1985. She held leadership roles there and at Grand Targhee Resort before joining Vail Resorts in 1999 as director of ski school at Breckenridge. She was COO of Keystone for three years, and then in 2009 she was promoted to COO of Breckenridge with oversight of Keystone since 2011.

A veteran of the Mountain High and Bear Mountain resorts in California, Buhler started with Vail Resorts in 1994 as the Breckenridge ski school manager. He was promoted to ski school director, and by 2007 he was director of skier services. He became general manager of Keystone in 2010 and COO in 2013.

When Buhler moves to Breckenridge in August, Canyons general manager Mike Goar will take his spot after seven years at that resort.

Goar began his career at Sunrise Ski Resort in the White Mountains of Arizona. He has 38 years of ski resort industry experience, including 27 years at Solitude Mountain Resort where, as the executive vice president and general manager, he oversaw the master planning, entitlement and development of the resort and the alpine village.


Those not moving up the Vail Resorts ladder but looking to succeed in business might want to check out a free session Thursday, Nov. 6, at Elevate CoSpace in Frisco.

Nicole Gravagna, a catalyst of the Denver startup movement who helped revive the Rockies Venture Club and wrote the book “Venture Capital for Dummies,” will present on planning for wild business success at 5 p.m.

RSVP online at and learn more about upcoming Elevate CoSpace events at

Summit County’s entrepreneur minds might like to know about an angel investor event in Breckenridge on Saturday Nov. 8.

From noon to 3 p.m., panel members from Silicon Valley Bank, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and Boulder-based Boomtown Accelerator will provide insights on angel investing in Colorado followed by a first look at the current class of Boomtown’s nine startups five days before their public launch event.

The free event will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Learn more at

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