Mount Snow's VIPs

Friday, April 1, 2016

This year we applauded the work of our snowmakers and groomers. Let's face it, without them there would have been no snow.  Dozens, probably hundreds, of you have pulled me aside to say that our staff has done a fantastic job making "lemonade from lemons" and I couldn't agree more.  We all greatly appreciate your feedback and often it was the fuel that kept us going.  Along with the team who put the snow surfaces together, there are many more staff members who keep Mount Snow running and make it a very special place.  As usual, I dedicate my last blog of the winter season to them.  Meet a few of our staff members, true VIPs!

lifts

Berna making it look easy.

snowmkers

Kevin, Dave and Nate making some early season snow.

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Lift evacuation training with Jake as our guinea pig and Sabrina helping to lower him.

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Our fantastic custodial team!

guys

Adonis, Pablo, Julian and Jose representing our lift department.

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Too many to name but some of our international staff members at our Holiday Party.

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 Maureen and Hardy.

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Jason, Jeff and Tim picking up flowers for their Valentine.  

cafe

Melisa, Jim, Macarena and Willi saying "hello" from Market Fresh!

torch

Ever wondered who carries the torch in a torchlight parade?  These guys and gals, the Mount Snow ski and snowboard pros.

demo

Leslie and her Development team.

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Rich, Mike and Bill being appreciated for their contributions to West Lake.

 

dogs

Thad, Ryan, Jack, Nick, Tim and Dennis your hosts at the passholder weenie roast.

 

andrew

Andrew getting the base area cleaned up before summer operations.

greg

Greg and one of his athletes on Crazy Hat Day!

tim

Tim getting ready to start the Gulp and Gallop 5k.

DB

Dennis is head of our Lift Maintenance department but he can't help getting involved with so much more, like welding.  Here he welds up a Carinthia branding iron.  Why would we need that?

checkers

As Tom points out, we need branding irons so we can make a gigantic checker board.

BW

Chef Mike and Greg prepping for the Beer Pairing at the Bull Wheel.  

cake

Happy Birthday Guy!

bryna

Bryan stepping away from the golf course to help us grow some grass at Howe Farm.

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Deidre and Tom helping with some new beds at Howe Farm.

pj

MaryAnne and PJ try for the American Gothic look  - it is hard to keep a smile off their faces!

hang

Kevin, one of lift mechanics, just hanging out.

green up

At our annual green up day we pick up sooooo much litter - here Guy, Hardy and Stephanie are using all the tools available to get the job done.

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After Green Up Day we eat!

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Green Up Day BBQ - girls table!

flag

Jeff helping to pay tribute to our country.

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Doug spent hours cleaning out our uniform closet and donating outdated uniforms to those in need - thanks Doug!

eb

Erik is busy strengthening his core or something like that.

flowers

Sue and Sabrina hang up their patrol jackets and become the resort gardeners - beautiful!

mike

Mike is all smiles.

saloon

Sometimes we have to say goodbye.  Like this going away party for Day w/ too many of the "crew" to mention.

craig

Every party needs a ham - Kraig!

bob

Bob is an excellent lift mechanic and also has the patience to drive our Blueberry Parade float.

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Alicia and Ptaswaney helping hand out stickers.

stevie

Stevie and Deidre caring for our kids on and off the mountain.

karl

Karla and Meghan helping move lockers are amazed at the amount of stuff one can shove into a locker!

snowmaking

Whoops!  Did you fall asleep, Randy?

lockers

Locker room demo with Bob and Frank.

SLL

Staff get together with Sarah, CB, Denise and Oonagh.

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Mike, Hardy, Sarah, Doug, Nicky, Shane, Kyle, Paul, Bobby and Kraig, 

rich

Another sad goodbye - wishing Rich well in a warmer location.

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Tom, Denise, Chip and Deena enjoying a fall day.

dennisYou've heard of the welcome wagon?  Dennis is just the opposite - saying goodbye to our festival folks.

karl

Karl trying to cheer Kanye up!

party

Reed. Duncan, Paul, Doug, Sarah, Dave and Byron hanging out at our Sundance get together.

doug

Thanking Doug and Paul for their work on the West Lake project.

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Sam and Kandi at the Staff Appreciation Dinner.

 

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Morning hike with Deidre, Maureen, Chris and Krista

 

door

Dan taking advantage of the warm (ugh) temps.

keith

Keith is pretty happy considering he has been sent to the time out box.

wreath

Bryan and Wayne helping us find our Christmas spirit, despite the lack of snow.

no smoke

"Don't be that guy" photo shoot with Doug, Jack, Meghan, Ryan and Hardy.

patrol

Phil, Dave, Lucas, Chandler and Sabrina ready to start another day on the hill.

SLL staff

George and Jeff - a few of the fantastic Snow Lake Lodge staff members.

meghan

Meghan eating a bunch of waffles before the Cabin closes for the season.

kevin

Kevin, from Peru, getting his morning workout pushing bubbles.

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Jaron and Paul happy that they are almost finished pushing bubbles.  Oh wait....we get to do it again at the end of the day!

pond

Andrew, Nick and Peter digging the Sink or Skim hole.  Okay, there is actually an excavator to help.

phil

Phil skiing his daughter to childcare before he starts his day on Patrol.

summit

Zach and Brian getting the summit lodge ready for business.

SB

Important business - Russ and Clint fixing the ring toss at the Snowbarn.

HR

Maria, Maria and Candeleria stopping by Human Resources.

deli

Chef Mike, Jason, Lynn and Rose learning oragami napkin folding with their morning brew.

patrol

Kevin and Steve catching up before their next call.

rentals

Michaela - Don't ask!

carpet

No, this is not a photo from last year.  This actually happened in January when our snowmakers went a little crazy in the base area and buried a magic carpet.  Luckily, a bunch of ski school pros grabbed shovels and helped dig out.

chris

Chris seems a mazed...ha!

carolina

Barbara and Carolina making parking vests look fashionable.

GSRH par

Back L to R:  Anna, Maria, Elisa, Carla

Front L to R:  Michele, Raziel, Paola, Natalie

dancing

Staff party - time to dance with Alex!

diffi

Brothers Lucas, Patrick and the difficult one.

olivia

Olivia and Dave heading out on a mission.

waffles

Waffles were a big hit at our recent party.

cuz

And yet another party!  What can we say?  We are practicing our social skills, Argentina style!

hr

Meet our HR team.  Brittany, Lindsay, Laurel, Deidre, Thorin and Willian

 

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Splicing the Canyon Express haul rope. Adam, Jeff (from Poma), Keith, Karl and Andrew.

keith

Keith opting for an office day...not!

paul

We remember Paul Roy and are thankful for his many years of service to our snowmaking dept.  RIP Paul.

guys

Dave recognizing Bob, Chris, Hank and Dennis for their years of service.  Photo bomb by Gina! 

kev

Kevin telling Bob, "Don't keep me hanging!"  Notice we have more than one photo of Kevin hanging from very high places?

evac

Tim, Genie, Sam, Matt, Ken & Sue make up a happy six-pack.

snowmk

Randy, Twigg and Pat - last snowmaking run of the season.....or is it?

brian

Brian - you should sit and rest...we've got this!

carolina

Aren't Mount Snow babies the most adorable?  Mom, Carolina, and Alec visit us for trick or treating.

steph and dave

Before we open for business Stephanie and Dave relax.

thorThorin and Murph getting oriented.

don

Stella and Don celebrating another successful Crazy Hat Day.  

reggaefest

Irene, Barbara and Dorrit ready for a sunny Reggaefest.

 

dm

Unfortunately, this photo pretty much sums up the year.  We would make snow, Mother Nature would unleash the hot rain, we would all cry and then the grooming department and snowmakers would put it back together again.  Here you can see Dave on the phone, probably with a cat operator, asking, "did you manage to piece it together?"

rainbow

Luckily, there is always a rainbow (double rainbows must be extra lucky) or snowstorm to look forward to.  And that is what this group of positive and resilient staff, skiers and riders are doing....we are already making plans and looking forward to next year.  Think snow my friends.

 

Thanks to everyone who shared photos for this blog.  My only regret is that I could not get each and every staff member.  I apologize if a few of the names are wrong.

 

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