MEET MIKE!


 

 

How long have you been working with WB?
15 years, feels like 5.

How would you describe your role with WB?
I oversee a very diverse group of lift staff at Whistler Blackcomb and aim to provide the safest and friendliest lift experiences in the world.  I’m also the Lead for the Lift Operations Best Practice Group (Lift Ops Leadership Team) for Vail Resorts and the manager of the Alpine Office dispatchers.

Best part of your job?
Working with staff from such wide ranges of locations and backgrounds is one of the best parts of the job.  Most people don’t realize just how talented and experienced the crew are.  I’ve worked with many engineers, architects, heart surgeons, professional athletes, personal trainers, pilots, all kinds of tradespeople, teachers, lawyers and high school grads that aspire to the same goals.  It’s very humbling and inspiring and I’m always fascinated to learn about the backgrounds of the team.

What is your big hairy audacious goal?
Get my pilot’s license, buy a float plane and a remote property on a lake.

What work-related accomplishment are you most proud of?
Getting to my current role.  I am really fortunate to have the job that I do.  It’s challenging, interesting, rewarding and I get to work with so many people that I like.

 

Now to the good stuff….

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
Professional skier - check! I started my career in the ski business 22 years ago as a ski instructor.

What was your first job? 
When I was 13 I bought a lawnmower and started a grass cutting business. My dad taught me how to make a spreadsheet to come up with a payment plan for the lawnmower. After I paid it off and got a "real job" cutting grass for the municipality, I got my younger sister to cut grass for me and I took a cut for use of the lawn mower.

What's your favourite restaurant in Whistler? 
If by frequency of visits, it would be Southside Diner but Araxi if you're paying.

What's the number one benefit from working at WB? 
Meeting my wife Nicole way back when I was first a Lift Operator in the Summer of 2003. We've had some amazing adventures and look forward to many more.