Mount Washington Operations Manager Wins Industry Award - Media by q4tg9N


									      Mount Washington Operations Manager
              Wins Industry Award
            A Mount Washington Alpine Resort Media Release
                       Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Image: Erik Meerten’s presented with Award by Lars Fossberg’s daughters, Lillian and Magnhild
Credit: Don Weixl

Following one of the deepest snow and visitor-friendly seasons in recent
memory, Mount Washington Alpine Resort continued riding the wave of success
in a recent snow industry awards ceremony.

The Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) presented Erik Meertens,
Operations Manager at Mount Washington Alpine Resort with the 2006 Lars
Fossberg Award at their annual May conference in Kelowna, BC.
The Lars Fossberg Award is presented annually by the CWSAA to an up and
coming manager or supervisor who shows a high degree of initiative and
creativity together with the ability to improvise when dealing with the unexpected.

The Canada West Ski Areas Association is the representative body for the ski
areas and heli and snowcat operations of British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This prestigious award was presented at the Gala
Dinner on May 11, 2006, where two hundred of Erik’s ski industry peers
recognized his outstanding achievements.

Erik Meertens was recognized as a hands-on, hard working individual
who is very personable and leads by example. His love for driving heavy
machinery is renowned industry wide! Erik is also known for challenging existing
norms and he asks the sort of questions that encourages others to think outside
the box.

Erik began his career in the ski industry after graduating from high school in
Sidney, BC. He took that infamous "year off" that all mothers dread and landed
in Lake Louise. He was hired as a Parking Lot Attendant and a couple of months
later as a Lift Operator. Erik spent the next couple of seasons mastering the art
of snowmaking and grooming. In 1991-92 he worked his way up to Lake Louise’s
Assistant Slopes Supervisor.

Erik moved to Sun Peaks in 1995 as Slopes Supervisor and spent 9 years
learning the “ins and outs” of ski hills and became a cog in the corporate gears of
ski industry development.

In 2004, Erik’s Island roots called him back across the Georgia Straight to Mount
Washington, where he began his third career in the ski industry. His
responsibilities as Operations Manager for the mountain include lift operations,
snow removal, ski patrol, grooming, Tubing Park, parking and staff

Erik’s first season back on the Island brought the infamous “no snow” year to
Mount Washington. This was the first “bad” season in recent memory and there
is little doubt as to whose fault it was! Considering Erik started just before that
dreaded season, there is no doubt that the “dealing with the unexpected” portion
of the Lars Fossberg award has become common place in Erik’s work life!

This past season, after receiving the third deepest snow season on record, Erik
finally found out what a half meter of snow in 12 hours looks like. He also
discovered the joys of clearing the resort’s parking lots three times in one night,
only to repeat the same task a day later! The mountain’s other famous “piece de
resistance” for Erik was the inevitably huge last minute dump of snow just before
the lifts started to run in the morning. Even though the groomers were out all
night laying lines of perfect corduroy, there would be nothing to show for it in this

“Mount Washington is fortunate to have Erik Meertens as part of our
Management team,” says Mount Washington President Peter Gibson. “He
started here in a really tough year but has already shown us why he deserves to
be the recipient of this particular award; improvising when dealing with the
unexpected. Congratulations Erik!”

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is one of the top mountain bike destinations in
British Columbia. The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on
Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines
service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). For accommodation and package
information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or
locally at 338-1386. Surf to for additional information
including our live mountain cam.

Media Contact:

Brent Curtain
Public Relations
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Vancouver Island Canada
Cell: 250.792.0002
1 Strathcona Parkway
Mount Washington BC
V9J 1L0

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