The Park City Resorts of the Wasatch Back including Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons Resort and Deer Valley Resort, announce the 2nd annual Wasatch Backside Lifty Invitational (WBLI), March 29-April 2, 2010.
“We created the WBLI in an effort to recognize the hard work of our lift operations teams,” said Jeff Marzka, lift operations manager at Park City Mountain Resort. “WBLI is a way for these team members to let loose, have some fun and gain recognition for all their hard work at the end of the season.”
The Wasatch Back Lifty Invitational consists of 12 events, four held at each resort, taking place over a three day period. The event kicks off March 29 at Deer Valley Resort, with the Clock Toss, Stop Gate Javelin, Boot Toss and Snow Scoop Heft. March 31, the event moves to the Canyons Resort, where lift operations team members will compete in Maze Setup, Lost & Found Mound, Tug of War and the Trash Can Fill. The finale of the event, held at Park City Mountain Resort on April 2, includes Scoop Relays, Return Gear Relay, Ski Pole Spin Relay and the 40 Yard Ski Boot Relay. Each day the events will begin at 5:00 p.m.
“Lift Operations can really be a thankless job,” said Deirdre Riley, lift operations manager at The Canyons “All three resorts have great teams that work hard and play hard! What better way to focus all that energy then to challenge each other at the skills we use everyday.”
Paul Hedman, lift operations manager at Deer Valley Resort, explains “the WBLI is highly anticipated and really serves as a morale booster for employees at this point in the season. It's not just the event days, either. We're having fun training and practicing before and after work.”
Lift operations team members include lift operators, ticket scanners and maze coordinators. These team members are a crucial part of the day to day operations of a mountain resort. The events that make up the WBLI take skills perfected over the course of the season and allow the team members put a new spin on their daily duties. Event descriptions and additional details can be found at www.parkcitymountain.com.
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