Spring Gruv – Lifty Olympics
Fact – Lift operators are awesome! They’re the guys and girls, always smiling, who make sure you get up the mountain to rip some turns in the fresh powder while they stay behind and gently herd excited skiers onto the next chair. It’s not exactly a thankless task, everyone has a friendly word for the “lifty” as they load up at the bottom of the hill, but watching everyone else take off to enjoy the snow must result in some pent up excitement. So, each year, in an effort to help all the lifties get that built-up excitement out of their system, Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley host the “Wasatch Backside Lifty Invitational” which sets lift attendants from PCMR and Deer Valley against our very own unsung heroes in a series of light hearted, lifty related contests.
On Friday (after the lifts had closed and everyone could focus on the serious business of fun) more than 200 lifties gathered along the Ski Beach at the base of the Orange Bubble Express to cheer on their teams as they fought it out on the snow in contests like tug-of-war, setting up a lift-line and searching through piles of snow for lost equipment. I mingled, shared in the fun and cheered on Canyons’ lifties in their quest to reign victorious . . . or get drunk trying.