Seeing snow fall on my home mountain the past few days got me thinking about the transition I have made throughout the course of the Winter Season. I went from being a relative newbie, to a Park City local who calls Park City Mountain Resort their home mountain. Once you begin calling a resort your "home mountain", your view on the people who work there and the events the mountain puts on begins to change. For me, this change was a huge sense of pride in my team members and the memories they helped me create on and off the mountain. I wanted to take this chance to highlight some people and departments who deserve a huge congratulations as well as some events that made me want to be a "local".
Jim Steinmetz receiving the RMLA award for Lift Maintenance Person of the Year.
A few weeks ago we found out that Jim Steinmetz had been selected by Rocky Mountain Lift Association as Lift Maintenance Person of the Year. This past weekend he was presented with the award at the annual Rocky Mountain Lift Association conference. As you can see by the photo above, Jim was a very happy man accepting this award and we could not think of anyone more deserving. Jim is the first mechanic in the state of Utah to receive this honor! Thank you Jim Steinmetz for the 37 years of continued service to Park City Mountain Resort and congratulations on this distinguished award.
At the Season year-end party our President and General Manger, Jenni Smith, introduced the 2010-2011 Peak Performer of the Year - Liisa Eikenberry. Since starting at Park City Mountain Resort in 2001, Liisa has become the “mom” of the Rental shop. If there is anything that is needed by anyone not only in Rentals but throughout PCMR, Liisa is always the first one to step up and offer her help. Liisa never stops speaking with pride and joy of Park City Mountain Resort and its Team Members. She always shows up to work smiling with her “magic bag” and her warmth adds to everyone’s day.
Liisa is married to husband Dennis and has two children. Colin, who also works in Rentals and as a Volunteer Patroller and their daughter Lauren is a Full-Time Ski Instructor and a part-time rental Technician. If you know Liisa, then you know what she brings to this resort. If you don’t happen to know yet, then please head to the rental shop and say hi and congratulate her on her tremendous achievement and you will make a new friend for life
Our lifties took home an award of their own. For the second year in a row, our lifts department beat Deer Valley and Canyons to be crowned champions of the Wasatch Backside Lifty Invitational. Press play on the video above to see what this event is all about.
This year we held the Big Mountain Battle to see what team could navigate the mountain the fastest. The race included a hike to the peak, which many competitors noted as the most challenging checkpoint. With categories for young and old, this event was not only fun, but really challenged our locals to discover our mountain in a whole new light.
The Town Race Series returned this season much to the delight of local Parkites. A long standing tradition was both renewed and introduced to a younger crop of skiers and boarders.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
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