Best of the Best 2010
Awards for Ski New Mexico banquet
October 30, 2010
Ski Santa Fe
Tim is the model of great customer service, has a great attitude, and is a true team player. The path that lead Tim to his present job started by graduating St. Pious X high school and attending UNM until he was drafted into the US Army. Tim started skiing at Sandia Peak in 1962 and many years later was recruited to work at Sandia Peak by Benny Abruzzo. This man is never with-out a smile on his face and appositive thing to say. Good humor and hard work are two parts of his personality that provide the “prefect” customer experience for his customers and fellow employees.
Terry Gee received some many recommendations for this nomination a new file cabinet was necessary to hold his file. Born in Chicago in 1945 and grew up in Clovis Terry was a decorated Vietnam vet including a Bronze star and a Purple Heart. Terry started his Ski Patrol service in 1970 in Colorado. Terry started his Ski patrolling at Ski Apache in 1977 and has trained most of the present ski patrollers at Ski Apache. Terry has been an inspiration to everyone and has set high standards in safety training and professionalism. Terry has made Ski Apache a better place to work and a better place the ski guests to ski.
John Paul Bradley
Sipapu Ski and summer resort
John Paul joined the Sipapu family in 2001 just after completing his degree in ski area management from Colorado Mountain College. After wearing ski boots to his interview John Paul was hired to “do it all”. As GM he oversees and directs all base area and mountain operations, including lift maintenances and operations, trail grooming, snowmaking, trail development, ski shop operations and facility maintenance. Under his direction the resort has doubled the number of trails, and nearly tripled the number of skier visits. John Paul a certified ski instructor and ski patroller.
Ski Santa Fe
Michael was born and grew up in Germany. He arrived in NM 1983 and started working at Ski Santa Fe in 1984/85 season in the rental shop. In October 1985 he was hired into the grooming department when he remains today as Manager of snow making/snow removal/ grooming/ summer construction. Michaels farming background as a kid maybe why he can farm snow in lean year and produce a “perfect” trail product. He has an inherent love of the land and is environmentally conscience in his work plus has a great work ethic.
Taos Ski Valley
Miles was born and raised in Northern New Mexico and began teaching skiing at TSV in 1982. He is level 3 certified PSIA instructor, an accredidated trainer and level 3 certified in Telemark. Miles owns and operates his own construction business.
Miles is an extremely willing and versatile ski instructor who is always cheerful and upbeat. He has lots of requests and privates which speaks to the quality of the experience he give his guests.
Taos Ski Valley
Nicolas Veth has had an amazing season. Winning the Rocky/Central JO's overall title. Then I know of at least one top 15 result at Whistler Cup in the SG.
The Chacher Family
Guests of Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort
The best “all-around Skier” this year is a family. In 1960 Dub Chachere wanted to give his wife “Eva” a special Christmas (after the passing of Eva’s mother). Dub, Eva and their son and daughter had never seen snow before so after receiving advice from a friend “meteorologist” Dub took the family to Tres Rito, NM. The Chacher family loaded in the family car and drive from Corpus Christi to Sipapu and as they say the rest is history. A family tradition was born, Christmas tree, Christmas carols and snow. Some 50 years later they still have the same tradition except the group of 4, four generations later has grown to 40. When the daughter Linda is ask why she responded “ Sipapu is Christmas”.