Ski area operator John Kircher is doing well after undergoing a liver transplant Tuesday morning, Crystal Mountain spokeswoman Tiana Enger said today.
Breathing tubes were removed Wednesday night and ultrasounds show Kircher is doing well, according to an e-mail update sent out by the Kircher family. Kircher is expected to leave the intensive care unit of the Mayo Clinic Minnesota soon.
Kircher is president of Michigan-based Boyne Resorts’ western operations, which controls Crystal Mountain and the Summit at Snoqualmie. Kircher also oversees operations at Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, B.C. Cypress is a 2010 Winter Olympic venue.
Kircher, 49, got the liver transplant from his brother-in-law, who is already out of the ICU.
Kircher has primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that attacks the liver’s bile ducts. The only cure is a transplant.
Kircher contracted the disease in the 1980s during a trip to Africa.