Ever since I started snowboarding, I have always been fascinated by ski lifts, and through working first hand with them I found out I had a passion for learning all about the functions and maintenance of them. Now that I am a student, I am able to satisfy this yearning and share my new found knowledge with the help of a few friends and my instructors.
Check out Part 1 in a series of YouTube videos i have filmed and edited staring Travis Teske, Lift Maintenance Millwright at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. The lift featured in this group of short and informative videos is a high speed, detachable quad, the Legacy Express.
I seen a rather interesting post on Unofficial Networks today, and it focused on concept that I was rather surprised with once I watched the video!
As someone planning a life long career in the ski resort industry, I can definitely recognize the value of turning never-ever’s into even a return visitors and better yet, core riders! The simple way to encourage this is to prevent the ever so dreaded horrible first day that we know cane happen for some, especially those bold enough to try snowboarding the first time ever on a mountain (or hill).
I have never been a ski instructor, but from watching enough beginners I think this so to speak “snowboard brake” would most likely help those going out for their first couple times feel more comfortable would likely help transform more beginners and increase skier visits at resorts immediately, and for time to come!
Anybody think of any possible issues? Or how about my Aussie’s out there? They say that Thredbo is introducing these Boarder Kontrol snowboards this year and Id like to know if anyone has tried or seen one.
One of the coolest aspects of Panorama Resort is the fact they have such a centralized village that has an above average selection of accommodations for basically anyone’s needs! Whether it is rooms big enough for the whole family, a fancy suite for two, or a shared room in the Hostel, you have a very good chance of finding what you want and still get to be on-mountain. Not to mention, there are massive hot pools located in the upper village that are open for all of the lodging guests.
As for us paid professional ski bums that will be potentially working at Panorama, this doesn’t mean a whole lot; yet, the did not slack on the staff accommodations. For the staff within their first year(or two seasons) a fairly welcoming lodge offers 96 people individual rooms for $15.00 a night. This means for around $450.00 a month, inclusive, you get to live on mountain, never having to drive to work or miss out on any of the action, on or off the hill 😉
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, my second reason for liking Panorama and wanting to work there is snowmaking. During the last visit to Panorama with my SROAM class, we got a full in depth tour of the pumphouse and some of the guns from Snowmaking Manager, Jamie King.
Here you can see the guys posing with a few new TechnoAlpin TF10 Fan Guns. Panorama makes snow on 18 of their runs, around 3000 acres, and these new guns have a flow rate of 200 gallons per minute each! These improved guns Pano has invested in help pump out better quality, drier snow at a more efficient rate. This is super important when snowmaking is such a large expense at a resort like Panorama.
So, lets’ get back to reality here! It’s not quite summer yet, and there are still a few more weeks left to the season. This time of year is another reminder why snowmaking is so vital to many resorts. Not only does it ensure your hill opens earlier in the season, it also ensures there will be enough snow coverage left on the lower and upper parts of the mountain for people to enjoy those beautiful spring skiing days. Snowmaking is important to me at a resort because it is a science I have been fascinated with for the past 3 years, and it is a department I would really like to get into for my Co-Op this fall! It is one of the more physically intense jobs at a resort but it provides a lot of satisfaction in the sense you get to create a product and see people enjoy it every day (that is when your not sleeping)
Keep tuned for my next post where I will discuss some of the features Panorama’s Snowmaking System has 🙂