I had the duty of attending a Ski Utah Board Meeting yesterday, December 7, 2011 at Alta Ski Resort. I know, bummer for me right? Well when duty calls . . .
Fortunately the meeting was a mid-mountain at the Watson Shelter mid mountain lodge. And attendance required a ski -in ski out agenda. Much to my delight, conditions were amazing! Great coverage on all runs, and even Ballroom was completely filled in. I shared a chair lift with Onno Wieringa, Alta Ski Resort General Manager, who mentioned that even Ballroom Couloir was almost ready to open. The snow was a blast to carve, no icy spots and no crowds. Blue skies and nice temperatures were the cherry on top.
I also shared a chair lift ride with Kym Buttschardt (by the way, she rips). She was excited to share with me that she would soon get her new Goode Cabon Fiber Skis – made in Ogden Utah! . She’s very proud of her hometown – Ogden, Utah – and it’s transformation into the outdoor recreation industry capital of the world.
Kym didn’t take any credit, but reveled in the revitalization of Ogden’s 25th street and downtown atmosphere. A little digging showed me that her family has been greatly instrumental in the creation of a new life for the city, and its downtown entertainment atmosphere. As a result of her parents long history in the restaurant business, Kym and her husband Pete jumped in to develop Historic Union Grill at Union Station and Roosters Brewing Company and Restaurant on 25th Street in 1994 – long before downtown was cool. Their presence gave locals and the droves of new outdoor recreation companies, including Salomon, Goode, Descente, Smith Optics and others, a place to hang. I’ve also been a customer for a long time, not knowing the faces behind the food till now. Mmmmm . . . I’m getting hungry.
Anyway – the meeting was a great chance to network, and work, and do business stuff – very official and . . .workish. And, the skiing after was OK too .