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A-Basin’s Dreyer wins Slope Groomer of the Year Award

Summit Daily News staff report

Dick Dreyer, lead groomer at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, was recently awarded the Slope Groomer of the Year Award at the Colorado Ski Country USA Snow Conference.

Dreyer has been with Arapahoe Basin operations for over 30 years. Prior to working for A-Basin, he worked one year as a groomer for Keystone Ski Resort. He has seen Arapahoe Basin through a number of changes, such as the addition of snowmaking, terrain parks and the expansion into Montezuma Bowl. Dreyer was influential in the implementation of many of these projects and continues to be a mentor to all of A-Basin’s cat drivers, according to a press release from the ski area.

Dick’s supervisor, Mark LaFlamme spoke about Dick’s role in the Montezuma Bowl expansion project. “He played a huge role in our expansion into Montezuma Bowl, not only in creating the grooming plan but also with the construction. A large part of the project was completed over snow, which created many obstacles. Dick’s creativity and hard work made the project possible. His knowledge, skill and positive attitude make him a huge asset who we are very thankful to have at Arapahoe Basin.”

When asked about his passion for snow grooming, Dick said, “I still take enormous pleasure in firing up a cat and heading out into the night, always anxious to see what Mother Nature holds in store for us.”

There were seven finalists in his category. The CSCUSA industry awards have been presented to the best of the best in the categories of slope groomer, terrain master and snowmaker for over 20 years. Each CSCUSA resort nominates one employee in each category every year. The winners are chosen based on professionalism, dedication, contribution, leadership and attitude.

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