Today we salute these standouts from the Colorado ski industry

Colorado Ski Country USA honors outstanding industry employees with its annual Double Diamond Awards. Awards range from Hairdresser of the Year to Food and Beverage Professional of the Year.

You can read the full Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards press release here.

I thought it would be fun to give these hardworking employees a little more shine. So without further ado, let’s jump into the Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards with a little bit of Not official humor just to spice things up!

Kannon Thompson, Monarch Mountain

-Barber of the year

“Starting as a new operator 7 years ago, Kannon rose through the ranks at Monarch Mountain by taking the lead on special projects and additional loops. With Kannon leading setup operations at the start of the season, Monarch was able to open 22 races set up just 22 hours in advance, far exceeding the 9 expected.”

We salute you today, Kannon.

Not only do you have one of the coolest names we’ve ever heard of, but you’re also a world-class hairdresser. His dedication to flattening all the ‘fun’ out of the trails is appreciated by many.

Lesser men would object to spending hours pushing snow with a glorified high-powered golf cart on tank tracks, but that’s what sets you apart.

So crack open an ice cold Budweiser Mister Groomer GOAT.

Patrick Cooke, Aspen Mountain

-Snowmaker of the Year

“During his years at Aspen Mountain, Patrick has been instrumental in upgrading the resort’s snowmaking platform, installing new lines, pumps and communications upgrades. The excellent product that Aspen is able to produce is a testament to the knowledge and dedication of Patrick and his team. Members of his team are delighted to be working with him and say they will continue to return to his team year after year.”

Today we salute you, Patrick.

Your tireless effort to create snow on hundreds of acres of land is a largely thankless profession. Skiers complain if you don’t do enough, even though only you and GOD have the skills to do it.

So crack open an ice cold Budweiser, Mr. Snowmaking Samurai.

Tom Hickok, Winter Park

instructor of the year

“For the past 24 years, Tom Hickok has taught generations of Winter Park visitors how to ski. Tom is constantly praised by his guests and has no shortage of returning students eager to continue skiing. When he’s not teaching students, he supports his fellow instructors as a mentor, leading training clinics both on and off the snow, totaling 158 hours of peer training last season. Tom’s commitment to the professional development of himself and his peers is why Winter Park instructors are more certified than ever.”

We salute you today, Tom.

He’s dealt with tantrums, runny noses, entitled parents, and screaming kids for nearly a quarter of a century. Instead of choosing a profession that has fewer of these unfavorable interactions, you’ve made a commitment to help people learn a dangerous sport.

For that, we thank you.

So crack open an ice cold Budweiser, Mr. Instructing Idol.

Lindsay Wiebold, Arapahoe Basin

Patrolman of the Year

“Lindsay has been a valued member of the Arapahoe Basin team for nearly four years, beginning as a Stage 3 Patrolman in October 2018. Since then, her determination and work ethic have been exemplary, earning her the position of Supervisor ​​in 2021. His eye for His colleagues have noticed the detail and initiative, which has earned him the ‘A-mazing’ recognition, the resort’s award for excellence among its employees”.

We salute you today, Lindsay.

Ski patrolmen take responsibility for saving people’s lives in stressful situations, handling explosive devices to mitigate avalanches, and working in extreme weather conditions for the safety of others.

He may be a little crazy, but we’re thankful he’s channeling his desire for danger into a profession that helps others.

So crack open an ice cold Budweiser, Miss Prolific Patroller.

Click here for the complete list of Double Diamond Awards presented by Colorado Ski Country USA.

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