miser files: the boss man.

You know it’s winter in the Taylor household when the phone rings night after night just shy of 2 am. Tonight, a high vault fuse blew out. Yesterday, the wires went down. Tomorrow, a compressor stops running. This is how the fun begins, the firsts of the season. The work shifts get longer, the days get colder, and the kids start pressing, “Dad, when’s the mountain opening?”

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Testing snow conditions out west.

Meet, Bob Taylor— Mountain Manager and skier— the papa of the misers.

It all started in 1987. Bob worked part-time at Blue as a union electrician. His main gig was wiring the mountain from compressors to pumps to lights from the summit of Challenge to the valley. About ten years ago or so, Bob came on full-time as the Mountain Manager of, what is now, Blue Mountain Resort.

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He’ll tell you, the best dynamics of working are certainly in the diversity: construction, snowmaking, grooming, maintenance, teaching, etc. Although management calls for more office work (did you know his office doubles as a control room for turning on and off guns?), his favorite job is still getting outside to make snow and walking the trails with the boys. He’s the old man keeping up with the kids. And, what’s admirable, is that he’s held his core crew with the same guys for a very long time.

Since our crew is mostly seasonal, there’s a reason why we keep coming back…

it’s a lifestyle.

We put in long hours because we like what we do. We don’t mind the cold. We like to work hard. We take pride in our work. And, it’s a win-win when we get instant feedback (after a twelve-plus hour shift) that skiers and riders are stoked about conditions. And, it’s an added bonus when we get baked goods from girlfriends, wives, sisters, and daughters for getting another trail open (cookies for Switchback!).

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Nick Delich comes in from a snow run— iced face and thumbs up.

Of course, a blizzard bomb from Mother Nature takes the edge off of snowmaking, but there’s never a shortage of work to do. With 24-30″ of fresh powder this past weekend, we kept busy plowing and shoveling parking lots, sidewalks, and courtyards, fixing equipment, and grooming, grooming, grooming.

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Even with a long stretch of lousy weather, Bob’s goals were set this season, “To get all trails open, and for everyone to enjoy what we put out there.” With a little more help from our sidekick (eh em… Mother Nature), we’d like it to stay that way.

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Valley view from the groomer’s eye.

 

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, where is it to be found?”

-J.B. Priestley, English author

Thanks, boss.

See you on the slopes,

the snowmisers

dump 'em out

 

 

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4 thoughts on “miser files: the boss man.

  1. Kudos to the Snowmakers and Groomers for the miracle they pulled off last night. I was up Wednesday night, 2/17. I got there late (7:00 p.m.) after work and the Blacks were basically not ski-able due to rain this week and warm weather. Ice everywhere. But temps went down in the evening and you folks pulled off a miracle. I was there for first run Thursday morning, 2/18 and it was incredible…just a fantastic morning of skiing. Snowmaking overnight and into the morning, everything groomed nicely…and a few trails on hold for snowmaking for the weekend. Just awesome. You guys are earning your money this year!!! Keep up the great work. I will definitely be renewing my season pass for 2017!

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  2. I have been a regular customer of Blue since 1989 and have always enjoyed the mountain. Recently the improvements to the Summit lodge and the addition of the Valley lodge are major pluses for Blue Mountain and make the mountain more enjoyable.

    However I feel compelled to comment on the rather poor grooming conditions of many of the runs this year. I have skied three times so far this year and honestly cannot say that any of the days have been particularly enjoyable due to the rough and tumble nature of the the trails. By and large the conditions were very poor with highly variable conditions along the trails and many instances downright dangerous conditions. I am an expert skier so when I feel that the condition of a trail is unsafe it most surely is! On all three occasions that I skied this year, I experienced lots ice/snow balls on the trails which made it extremely hard to ski through. I hate to think how beginner and intermediate skiers would fare on these trails under such conditions.

    I would kindly request you to pay a lot more attention to the condition of the trails and to consider getting your grooming crew more training from grooming experts!

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