Lift Maintenance & Operations Manager
An avid skier from an early age, I learned to ski at nearby Pat's Peak where I immediately became interested in the 'the big toys'; the snow cats, chair lifts, skid steers, excavators- all the equipment that it takes to make a ski area work. My first job was at Pat's Peak for the 2001-2002 season as a parking attendant. By the next season I was the de facto parking lot supervisor and was offered a job through the summer where I assisted in the construction of the turbulence triple chair. I enjoyed learning about how the chair lifts worked, helping with line work and learning from the lift mechanics about trouble shooting. After a few years I took a job as a lift mechanic at Crotched Mountain, but ultimately returned to Pat's Peak for almost a decade, this time managing the Tubing Park where I got my first taste of snow cat operation in the winter and lots of painting and summer lift maintenance among many other tasks in the summer. Eventually I was offered the Lift Operations Manager position at Crotched Mountain where I stayed for three years until I decided to expand my experience base into overnight grooming at Mt. Sunapee. Having learned the ropes, I returned to Pat's Peak for two winters as a snow cat operator before taking a sabbatical to assess the direction of my career. In the early winter of 2022 I was offered a position here at Granite Gorge where I have been ever since. This has been an amazing opportunity to be there at the beginning of what will become a local hotspot for fun and entertainment. I fell in love with the atmosphere this place emanates and the challenges it affords me daily. I enjoy working with staff and customers alike, maintaining the lifts and equipment and am fortunate enough to get some grooming in from time to time... when I can pry Keith out of the cat. I am passionate about this industry and thoroughly enjoy the myriad of facets it contains. It's not work if you love what you do!