Park City Mountain Resort gets new leadership, as VP Mike Goar moves on

Deirdra Walsh will oversee the new paid parking program, elevator upgrades and construction of employee housing

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) People descend on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort as clear skies and recent fresh snow draw crowds Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

When Park City Mountain Resort opens paid parking and Utah’s first eight-person high-speed elevator next season, it will do so with a new person in charge.

Vail Resorts, owner of PCMR, announced Tuesday that Deirdra Walsh will replace Mike Goar as the resort’s vice president and chief operating officer.

Walsh came to PCMR, where she started in conference sales in 2007. From 2010 to 2019, she worked as a manager and then senior manager of the Mountain Restaurant Division. During this time, she oversaw more than a dozen mountain restaurants and led several major capital improvement projects, including the construction of the Miners’ Camp at the base of the Quicksilver Gondola, which was erected for the season. 2015-16.

Vail Resorts/contributor Deirdra Walsh will succeed Mike Goar as vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain Resort beginning in May 2022. Walsh began working at PCMR in 2007 but recently came from Northstar Ski Resort in California.

Most recently, she has been running Northstar Ski Resort in northern Lake Tahoe since 2019. Walsh will be one of four women who run ski resorts in Utah. That’s up from just one in 2018-19.

Walsh will take charge of PCMR and The Canyons in one of their fastest growing seasons. In addition to converting the Silverlode elevator to an eight-pack — the first for Vail Resorts in North America — Park City Mountain plans to replace the Eagle and Eaglet elevators with a single, high-speed, detached six-pack. The station also announced that it will require parking reservations paid by the day on its main village lots from the 2022-23 season. Additionally, he raised his minimum wage to $20/hour and promised to provide employee housing near the Canyons.

“I am truly thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Park City Mountain, a place near and dear to my heart,” Walsh said in a press release. “I am familiar with the opportunities and complexities of this station, and I look forward to partnering with the community alongside this dedicated team.

Goar, meanwhile, will take over the Andermatt-Sedrun station in central Switzerland, where he will hold the same titles plus that of general manager. Vail Resorts took over the majority of the ski area in late March.

Goar began his career at Solitude in 1981 and worked there for 27 years before serving as vice president and general manager of The Canyons from 2008 to 2016. In 2015, he oversaw Park City’s takeover of The Canyons. Thereafter, he spent a few years at the head of the first Keystone Resort in Colorado, then of Heavenly in California.

Vail Resorts/contributed Mike Goar, vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain Resort, will be leaving his position from May 2022 to take up a similar role at the Andermatt-Sedrun ski resort in Switzerland.

“Park City is an incredible mountain and an incredible city, but it’s the people that really make it special,” Goar said in a press release. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside such passionate and hardworking teammates and community members. While I will miss this place deeply, I am thrilled to support our business as we grow in Europe – and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Andermatt-Sedrun team.

Walsh’s term begins May 30.

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