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Pat O'Donnell
Pat O'Donnell

Pat O'Donnell

Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen, CO USA

"I get excited because I'm passionate about life, I really am. It can be so good; it can be so good."

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Pat's work combines: Action Sports, Entrepreneurship, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life


I'm passionate about life, skiing, climbing, and sailing, and am CEO of Snowmass Ski Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Engineering, General

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    By the age of 27, he knew he wasn't meant for a 9-to-5 job; he took a climbing trip to Yosemite and realized he'd found his passion.

  • 2.

    Took a job in Yosemite as a bellman, which only paid ninety cents an hour, but allowed him to climb for six hours each day.

  • 3.

    He was so content that he feared he'd become "like Rip Van Winkle" and wake up in the same place thirty years later without having progressed.

  • 4.

    Forced himself to leave; took a job in Lake Tahoe, where he helped build the Kirkwood ski area.

  • 5.

    His exceptional work in Lake Tahoe got him a job as chief operating officer in charge of ski operations at Keystone resort in Colorado.

  • 6.

    The perk about his job was that it allowed him to pursue passion, which had graduated into Himalayan climbing.

  • 7.

    After an avalanche killed three of his best friends, Pat came home, quit his job, cashed out everything he had, bought a sailboat, and sailed away.

  • 8.

    He spent a year and a half unwinding and processing his grief, then came back to dry land, where he's now the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company.