New Purgatory Resort GM Colin McBeath
DURANGO, Colo. – Purgatory Resort officials announced the appointment of Colin McBeath as its new general manager.
McBeath was most recently the general manager at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa in Alaska and has more than 20 years of international and national experience as a general manager and hotel manager for groups such as the Sheraton, Kimpton Hotels, Fairmont and Ritz.
“Purgatory is a fantastic year-round family destination led by a great ownership and leadership team. I’m honored to join them and help take the resort to the next level,” McBeath said. “I’m excited to help foster a strong culture of guest service, and develop deeper relationships with our destination guests, employees, local community, and region.”
McBeath assumes his new role Jan. 10, overseeing all winter and summer operations at Purgatory Resort. Originally from Canada, McBeath joins an experienced Purgatory management team, including Ed Youmans, the newly hired vice president of mountain operations.
Purgatory Resort Managing Partner James Coleman
“We’re excited that someone of Colin’s caliber will be joining us at Purgatory. His exceptional leadership and team building skills, and his experience in the hospitality industry really made him stand out,” Purgatory Resort Managing Partner James Coleman said. “Colin’s strengths will help us achieve our overall vision. With Colin’s hospitality background combined with Ed’s mountain experience, Purgatory Resort will have the best and the brightest at the helm.”
McBeath has a degree in hospitality and hotel management from the University of Guelph in Ontario. He has opened and transitioned 13 properties in locations such as Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, as well as major cities throughout Canada and Asia. Having grown up skiing at Whistler, starting his career as a valet at Lake Louise Ski Resort, and living in Anchorage for the past few years, McBeath fully embraces the mountain lifestyle. When he’s not at the office, McBeath enjoys skiing, hiking, yoga, camping, and experiencing the outdoors with his family. McBeath, his wife and two children will relocate to Durango, Colo., this winter.
Mark Seiter has been serving as Purgatory’s interim general manager after former CEO Gary Derck left to start his own resort planning and real estate development consulting firm earlier this fall. Seiter will continue in his role as chief financial officer for Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Pajarito Mountain, Hesperus Ski Area, and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures.