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Beaver Creek, Vail lift operators are great

Jenny Hejtmanek
Edwards, CO Colorado

Jan. 17, the sun was shining and it was warm outside, which made for perfect snowshoeing conditions!

Doug and I decided we wanted to enjoy the beauty that surrounds this valley, and we went showshoeing up at Strawberry Park Nordic Center.

It’s been a year since I have been up on a lift, and I was a bit nervous about stepping off the lift with my hiking boots. As we were approaching the top of the Strawberry Park Express, I gave the thumbs-down to the lift operator hoping he would slow the lift down for my exit off the lift. Sure enough, we were greeted with a warm smile from Ryan Anderson, who walked over and slowed the lift down to almost a stop. Doug and I gracefully walked down the slope and headed over to the hut to put on our snowshoes.

During the entire hike, I could not help but be so appreciative of Ryan’s sensitivity, which made the entire day’s experience very positive. Yes, the sun was shining and it was a warm day, but I think we all forget to say “thanks” to those lift operators on those cold, snowy, wind-blown days.

In recent weeks, we have experienced some poor publicity for Vail. I hope that we all realize that Vail and Beaver Creek have hundreds of dedicated employees who work hard and deliver positive services for our guests and locals.

I spoke with T.J. Johnson, head of lift operations at Beaver Creek, to praise Ryan’s work. He said that Ryan, along with all of his lift operators, “give their all” and do their very best to make each guest have a positive experience. When you load and then get off the lifts, don’t forget to extend a sincere thank you to our lift operators!

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