Heading Into Vacation Week
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Written by Patrick Konvicka (PK)
At Wildcat, we collect moments, not things. Vacation Week is a time for Wildcat Nation to gather together and celebrate family, friends, and skiing.
Peak Resorts wants to put the best foot forward when it comes to vacation week. I always encourage my staff to take a few days off prior in order to prepare. Typically, during vacation, every staff member puts in a 6 or 7 day work week. Wildcat’s employees are true worker bees and thrive during busy times. I take great pride in being the Operations Manager and seeing my team come together as one and provide the best skiing experience for our guests.
This year’s February vacation is going to be so much fun. We have a huge list of events, new and old, waiting for you. Make sure you get your kids to join our famous cardboard box race or lunch tray luge competition. Or enjoy live music at the pub and catch the torchlight parade (last year was the first year I was in the torchlight parade and it was awesome!).
I’d like to take this time to highlight a couple of our star employees that are never seen. Did you guys know that our two groomers have been working at Wildcat for over 20 years? That’s a lot of times up and down the mountain! These guys, Gary and Reggie, are a riot and know the mountain like the back of their hand. Gary also mows for us in the summer and it’s always a good time listening to his stories about the history of Wildcat. (That is when they aren’t yelling at me for driving the Cats around and messing up all the settings inside the cabs… ‘What does this button do??’).
Mother Nature is notorious for giving us ups and downs when it comes to weather. We are in New England, after all. Fortunately, the conditions have been great and Wildcat Nation has been able to get out on the slopes and enjoy some stellar conditions. When the temperatures drop during the nights, the groomers have been out in full force and absolutely killing it.
The recent weather has got me down in the tune shop checking out my skis. It’s that tricky time of year whether you should take the cold weather wax off and put the warm on. Right now, I prefer a little Green Wax mixed with Swix F4 aka “Crack Wax.” This gives you a little of both worlds. It’s a great feeling when you are bombing down Polecat and not getting stuck like everyone else on those hot days! I like waxing my own skis, but I leave the edge and base work up to KJ and Tom. They do an awesome job, especially after I bring them in with pieces of granite lodged into the bases. One part of the rental shop that not a lot of people know about is the hot box. This bakes your skis in a contraption much like an oven which opens up the pores in the bases. This allows your skis to absorb the wax more efficiently. This is really good to do especially when you are putting your skis down for the summer. Not that we’ll be doing that anytime soon! #mayskiing #partyonwayne
Moral of the story is to thank a groomer because without Gary and Reggie holding down the fort, we wouldn’t be skiing on as great conditions as we are. And make sure to get a tune from KJ or Tom because afterwards. It would be like your skis are a hot knife cutting through butter.
I can’t wait for one of my favorite times of the season, President’s Week! On behalf of all the staff at Wildcat, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Keep on Shredding!