WILMINGTON - The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center has a new general manager.
The state Olympic Regional Development Authority announced in a press release Tuesday that Aaron Kellet, who was born and raised in Plattsburgh, has replaced longtime General Manager Bruce McCulley, who stepped down earlier this month to become pastor of High Peaks Church in Saranac Lake.
"I have always been impressed with Aaron," ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said in a press release. "He has a style that combines knowledge and diplomacy that will make him successful at the mountain. Whiteface has an incredible staff, and I'm confident that the combination of Aaron at the helm and the wonders that the staff performs, that we all will be in good hands."
"I am extremely honored to accept the new position and excited to help guide Whiteface into the future," Kellet said in the release. "Being the GM of Whiteface has been a dream of mine since the first time I skied down Cloudspin in the early '90s. Thanks to everyone that has supported me along the way."
Kellet, 34, is a 2009 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. He began working at Whiteface in 2000 as a member of the terrain park crew. Five years later, he was promoted to terrain park and half-pipe manager before becoming the assistant general manager to McCulley in 2009.
Kellet began skiing at the age of 2 and started skiing Whiteface in 1992 with his father, Rob, a member of the mountain's ski patrol. Kellet also competed internationally in aerials and moguls.
Kellet and his wife, Lindsay, live in Jay and are expecting their first child in late December.
Meanwhile, Lauren Garfield was named Whiteface Mountain's sales and marketing manager. Previously, she had been employed as the mountain's group sales manager. Joe Shoemaker took over the position of group sales.
McCulley was ordained as pastor of High Peaks Church at a service on Friday, Sept. 15.