Sunlight Mountain GM talks skiing and more
Occupation: General Manager of Sunlight Mountain Resort.Years at Sunlight: 25, I started working here in 1985.What did you want to be when you grew up?Honestly, I went to Optometry school for a while. My dad was an Optometrist, so I thought that would be something I wanted to do. I got a couple of years into school and realized it was not what I wanted to do.What did you do after that?I went to work for an uncle who owned Arapahoe Basin at the time.Did you think when you started at Sunlight that you would be here this long?No I didn’t know how long I’d be here. Right after I started I bought some interests in the ski area and that was part of the reason for my longevity. But also, I love the City of Glenwood. And it’s still a job that changes all the time and is exciting for me. And, I still really like it.What has kept you around here?The City of Glenwood is a fabulous place to live and raise children.How has opening day changed for you?I think the biggest change is that we didn’t have a lot of snow making capability. That’s given us the ability to set a day and open on that day. If we didn’t have snowmaking, we would be waiting to open. Ross Terry has really been the one responsible for the snow making equipment, and has made opening day easier for us.What is your favorite part of opening day?We’re still a business, and we go pretty much six months of generating cash. So, it’s means that we are back in business. That is the business aspect of it. But it’s also the fact that we are getting ready to provide the product that we provide. In our business, it’s the change from summer to winter and it’s not the same thing day after day. We start to see more customers and more employees, too.How many days on the mountain do you average in a season – on skis?50. I get about three days a week. I’m usually only out for a few runs, maybe about an hour some days, to look at the mountain. Some times I get to enjoy the powder. I still love to ski.Is skiing ever not work in your profession?Its always work here on the mountain. When I ski with my daughters that becomes more of a ski day.What is the best mountain you’ve ever skied? Besides Sunlight, of course …Some of it just depends on the weather and what the snow is like. There are so many great resorts in Colorado. I just like Aspen Highlands, Telluride, Crested Butte, Araphoe Basin. But those are resorts that I’ve spent time at.What is the best aspect of your job?Customer service, and enjoying having our customers and the employees at the mountain. And all the different people I get to meet through the job.
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