All great places need a great team. KCA’s staff includes talented folks dedicated to maximizing the homeowner experience in Kirkwood.  The focus is to ensure great experiences that will create lasting memories and promote local community prosperity.

Chris Cornell, Manager, KCA Recreation Center

Chris is truly excited to become part of the Kirkwood community and
looks forward to making sure everyone has a great time during every stay and can consistently enjoy all the available amenities. His focus on customer service, experience in the food service industry and staff management will further improve the membership’s KCA Recreation Center experience.

A Southern California native, Chris grew up on the coast living at beach towns between Manhattan Beach and San Clemente. A graduate of Huntington Beach High and Long Beach State, Chris earned his business degree. During his college tenure, he alternated school studies with his passion for skiing at places like Telluride, Sun Valley and Heavenly Ski Resort. While surfing was a big part of his life, even worked at Surfer Magazine for a while, Chris has always dreamed of living full time in the mountains and working in some aspect of the ski industry or resort operations.

The Sierra and Lake Tahoe became a favorite for Chris when his grandmother moved to Tahoe’s south shore in the early 70s. Family holidays, visits and vacations both winter and summer brought Chris to the area, especially after the ski bug caught him at age fourteen.

Chris has worked for many years in the high-tech industry (Fortune 100 companies to start-ups) selling hardware, software and services around the country as well as internationally, while finding time to raise two great kids along the way. Six years ago, finding himself single and an empty nester, Chris moved to the Lake Tahoe area to finally get back to the mountains. As a small business owner, he had the flexibility to immerse himself in all the wonderful summer activities available, mostly mountain biking, hiking, camping and all types of water activities, plus logging plenty of days on the slopes during the winter seasons (when mother nature cooperated). An Epic pass holder for years, Kirkwood Mountain Resort has progressively become his favorite local adventure destination. “The terrain, people, and vibe make this place truly authentic!”, he says.  Chris has two years of volunteer NSP Ski Patrol experience and completed his AIARE 1 avalanche class at LTCC this past winter.