There was once a time when Tim Baker’s only connection to New England was when he found himself on the losing end to the Patriots in the 2001 AFC Championship game.
Baker signed with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent wide receiver that season, after playing four years at Texas Tech University. The Steelers went 13-3 in 2001 and appeared to be Super Bowl-bound. That is, of course, if it weren’t for the Patriots, who derailed Pittsburgh en route to their first of six Lombardi trophies.
These days, the 44-year-old Baker’s New England ties are a bit more satisfying. Earlier this year, he was named Vail Resorts’ vice president and chief operating officer of the Eastern Region, a role in which he will oversee Vail’s properties in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast, which includes seven properties across Vermont and New Hampshire.
We caught up with Baker to discuss Vail’s mission and hopes for the 2021-22 skiing and riding season in the Northeast.