Ever wondered what it takes to make a ski resort operate? What happens when the lifts stop spinning and all those skiers head home? In this short video from Mt. Bachelor, OR, get an inside look at how mountain operations illuminate the night with their hard work, ensuring each and every day at the ski hill goes off without a hitch.
As you’ll see, for a large number of ski resort employees, the work day is just getting started when the lasts guests leave the parking lot. Snowcat operators grooming ski runs kick things off immediately following last chair and stay on the mountain until dawn; vehicle maintenance crews toil with grease and metal to ensure snowcats, snowmobiles, snow-making machines, etc. run properly through the entire season; lift maintenance teams ascend the mountain before the sun rises to check (and double-check) that each chairlift is operating correctly.
Take a moment now to go behind the scenes at one of North America’s most sought-after ski destinations—and be sure to toss out some high fives to those hardworking mountain ops employees, parking lot attendants, lift operators, ski patrollers and all the others you see at your local hill… they are the oil in the hinges that make resort skiing so easy and so much fun.