SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., May 10, 2022— Mike Goar, currently vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, will lead Andermatt-Sedrun, Switzerland, Vail Resorts’ first European property.
Goar will serve as VP, COO, and managing director of Adermatt-Sedrun, reporting to Pat Campbell, mountain operations senior advisor. His new role will be effective upon deal close—VR acquired the majority stake in Adermatt-Sedrun Sport AG back in March, subject to certain third-party consents.
“I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to work alongside such passionate, hardworking teammates and community members,” said Goar of his time at Park City Mountain. “While I will deeply miss this place, I am excited to support our company as we expand into Europe—and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the team at Andermatt-Sedrun.”
Deirdra Walsh, currently vice president and general manager of Northstar, Calif., will succeed Goar as vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain, effective May 30. She will report to Bill Rock, executive vice president and chief operating officer of VR’s Rocky Mountain Region.
“I am truly overjoyed to have the opportunity to come back to Park City Mountain, a place near and dear to my heart,” said Walsh. “I know both the opportunities and complexities of this resort well, and I am eager to partner with the community alongside this dedicated team.”
With Walsh’s move to Park City, Tom Fortune, currently VP and GM of Heavenly, Calif., and interim GM of Stevens Pass, Wash., has been promoted to vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly Mountain Resort and the Tahoe Region, effective immediately. He will report to Doug Pierini, senior vice president, West Region. In this role, Fortune will have leadership and reporting accountability for Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar. He will remain involved with Stevens Pass as a long-term advisor as well.
Ellen Galbraith, currently senior director, chief of staff, Mountain Operations, will assume the role of vice president and general manager for Stevens Pass, effective May 30. She will also report to Doug Pierini.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into this role at Stevens Pass, and to be part of this truly incredible community as I work to carry forward the momentum that Tom has created in his time here,” said Galbraith. “I am honored to be part of this new chapter in the Stevens Pass story, and I look forward to getting to know the team, the mountain, and the community better as I dive head-first into everything that make Stevens Pass so special.”