Growing up on the East Coast, Kate King spent eight winter seasons during her childhood taking weekly ski lessons with her Dad on a Western Pennsylvania mountain. It was during these lessons that Kate developed her love of Alpine skiing. She carried that love through high school and went on several ski trips to Stowe and Killington. After high school, Kate attended the University of Georgia and majored in Journalism with a minor in English, and moved to Atlanta following graduation. In Atlanta, Kate spent eight years with Guardian Life Insurance Company, selling employee benefits. Although Kate did not make it on the snow for years, the skiing bug remained with her. As luck would have it, her boyfriend after college (now husband) took Kate on her first Colorado ski trip and she spent the entire weekend in awe. In awe of the mountain, the scenery, the runs (who knew runs could last longer than 3 minutes?), but most of all, she fell back in love with skiing.
Fast forward to 2014, when Kate’s husband was offered a job in Crested Butte, Kate knew her family could not turn down the opportunity. Kate left her position as Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta Technology Angels in Atlanta, and started her job search quickly after arriving to town.
Immediately falling in love with the mountain and the town, Kate was lucky enough to learn of a position available with the CBSF. The stars aligned and Kate accepted the job as Executive Director in June of 2015. The best part of Kate’s job is awarding scholarship and grant funds to local athletes and programs in the Gunnison Valley. She thinks back to the lessons with her Dad and recognizes what an impact those days had on her life. Those lessons taught her the value of hard work and perseverance. Those Saturdays spent riding lifts and perfecting blacks, changed her life for the better. She sees herself in many of the scholarship athletes and knows their involvement on the mountain and on the trails is life changing, just like it was for her.
Kate spends her free time outdoors with her husband and two future snow sport athletes, Audrey (10 months) and Davis (2 ½ years).