Corey Peterson - Steamboat, CO

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COREY PETERSON

Steamboat, CO
Snowmaker since 2005










SAM: FAVORITE TEMPERATURE?

Corey: +8⁰ F wet bulb


SAM: WHAT'S YOUR LIFE PHILOSOPHY?

Corey: Work hard, lead by example, be fair, think outside the box, and always search for ways to make improvements.


SAM: WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE GUN RUN?

Corey: My first gun run ever. I had no idea what this job was going to be like. Conditions were perfect, the guns were crushing, and I instantly fell in love with this job. Everything changed, including my direction in life, after that night.


SAM: WHAT GETS YOU FIRED UP FOR SNOWMAKING IN THE FALL?

Corey: As soon as we start finishing our summer projects and start setting up the guns I begin to get those butterflies in my stomach, and I know snowmaking is just around the corner. I would have thought that the excitement would start to wear down after several years, but instead the anticipation continues to be just as high as my first year.


SAM: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT SNOWMAKING?

Corey: The best thing for me about snowmaking is the team I am privileged to work with. There is a lot of camaraderie and teamwork up here, and we are always watching out for each other. It tends to give us a unique bond. I also love the hard work, challenges and diverse situations we run into on a daily basis. I could not imagine having a boring job, or even a normal one.


SAM: WHAT WAS YOUR "I AM" MOMENT? THE EXPERIENCE THAT MADE YOU SAY "I WANT TO BE A SNOWMAKER?"

Corey: I was lucky my first night of snowmaking. I had dreamt of moving to a ski town and I had finally made it! I grew up on a farm in the flatlands east of Greeley, by Kersey, CO. After careful consideration I decided snowmaking seemed like the best fit for me. I had seen the guns running a few times while visiting resorts, but had no concept of how big a system it was, its importance to the mountain, or how much snow one could make.

Temps were in the single digits. We had also received a good amount of natural snow in early October. So, after completing the necessary training, my foreman’s first task for me was, “jump on that sled and follow me.” Awesome! We get to Snowmaking Control, and Scotty is running around going nuts. “It’s single digits, we are crushing!” he yells. Scotty is our controller and one of the best snowmakers I know. At that point I didn’t quite understand why someone would be so excited about freezing temps, but I would soon find out. All I knew was that Scotty and the rest of the veterans were like kids on Christmas.

After going over the game plan we began my first gun run ever. I will never forget that first time I stood under a gun at single digit temps! It was amazing! Not everyone would get the satisfaction I was receiving from being blasted with man-made snow, but I loved it. It is something only a veteran snowmaker can explain. It was like we were stepping in for Mother Nature. As Scotty still says, you could not wipe the smile off my face.

I have always been able to get a sense of gratification by working hard, but this was completely different. As the night went on I saw the piles build up. We had to work extremely hard to make the process happen, but it was worth every bit of effort. The most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen began to light up the massive whales we had made on our shift. As I admired our progress I knew this job was different than any other I had. I knew I had stumbled upon my dream job! I was having so much fun, the shift was over before I knew it.

It didn’t take long for me to realize I AM A SNOWMAKER. I knew that whatever I was doing for the summer, it would have to end for the snowmaking season, and I made sure I planned it that way. I gave every ounce of effort I had to snowmaking, and was fortunate enough to land a year-round management position. I love being a part of this team, and the opportunity I have received to lead and mentor so many uniquely talented and hardworking individuals.

Snowmaking is a very dangerous job. It is imperative for me to promote safety while continuing to increase production. I do this by being dedicated, working hard, leading by example, and making safety the top priority while still maintaining a fun atmosphere. I was taught by the best—I consider my boss, Steve West, a snowmaking genius far ahead of others in the industry. He has set me up for success in this unique field.

I love the summer work just as much! Laying new pipe, working on pumps and compressors, and improving the snowmaking infrastructure have become part of my snowmaking passion. I could never imagine watching those guns run from town and not being a part of it.
 

Comments

Teamwork

Snowmaking is a team sport. Leading by example, Corey's enthusiasm and attention to detail make those around him want to do a better job and contribute as much as possible to the team. He thinks outside the box and makes no excuses. Safety always comes first for his crews followed closely by efficiency. He has a great sense of humor, of place, and of purpose. I had a lot of fun working with him over the years. Pipe Crew and Move Crew represent!

Best Boss Ever

I was a snow making Controller at Steamboat for 14 years and at 51 one, I can say Cory was the youngest but best boss ever. Good attitude, super hard worker and fair to all. He would also go to bat to get us equipment we need and to keep everyone safe but still have a good time on the mountain. Keep up the great work. Thank you Kent.

Great Job this winter, Corey.

Great Job this winter, Corey. You and your Steamboat snowmaking crew teamed up with Mother Nature to make this a Gold Medal season! Thanks.

COREY

I have made snow for six years and worked at seven different ski resorts and just wanted to say Corey is a great guy to work for the way he leads his crews in a safe manner with a big sense of pride in crushing it on the hill. Work hard to play hard. Team Orange Crush MAXES IT OUT !

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