Ken Mack - Loon Mountain

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Ken Mack

Loon Mountain, N.H.
Snowmaker since 1999







SAM: Favorite temperature? 

Ken: 10° F wet bulb

SAM: WHat's your Life philosophy?
Ken: Work hard, gain experience and knowledge, experiment with new ideas and tactics, and leave a positive impression wherever I go.

SAM: What was your most memorable gun run?

Ken: November 2007--the first time we started South Peak. I had the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the construction process, from untouched forest to smooth trails with snowmaking and lifts. It was extremely satisfying to start up the new trail and watch skiers/riders enjoying it a couple of days later.


SAM: What gets you fired up for snowmaking in the fall?

Ken: The excitement of the "skiing and snowboarding community." The skiers/riders are raring to get out on the mountain and everyone is ready for the season to change. My daughters love to ski, and on the first day of snowmaking, they will pull out all of their ski gear. It certainly fuels my motivation.


SAM: What is your favorite part about snowmaking?

Ken: I enjoy the challenges of opening the mountain—the months of maintenance, upgrades, testing, staffing, and the training that goes into snowmaking operations.
I love to watch all of the logistics come together at the start of the season.


SAM: What was your "I AM" moment? The experience that made you say "I want to be a snowmaker?"

Ken: It’s hard to pinpoint what made Snowmaking my career choice. What started out as a winter job ended up fitting really well with my goals, morals, and ambitions. Being a Snowmaker conveniently combined much of what I learned in the Marine Corps (leadership, teamwork, crisis management and improvisation) with the ability to live, work, and raise a family in a beautiful location.

I realized early on that I enjoy the logistics of it all: searching, acquiring, and placing all of the pieces together to create a safe, efficient, and successful operation. I also enjoy the challenges of opening the mountain – the months of maintenance, upgrades, testing, staffing, and training that go into snowmaking operations. I love to watch all of the logistics come together at the start of the season. Growing up, I looked forward to winter and skiing. Now being the first department to start operations, we get to “lead the charge” into the winter season.

I like working outdoors, at night, as a team, in adverse weather conditions. There is an unspoken and inspiring camaraderie that grows from that. Working through problems, celebrating minor victories that, when the sun comes up, no one will even know about.

My favorite moments come near the end of the snowmaking season, when we go out skiing as a family. I can really appreciate the manicured snow surface, skiing past miles of snowmaking pipe, hydrants, and snow guns, each location reminding me of particular victories, defeats, hard work, long nights, wet clothes, and the good people that made it all possible. 

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ken Mack

Ken is a consummate professional. The results of his (and his team's) efforts are evident in Loon's reputation for the best snow in the East. His easy going manner belies his hard work and dedication to perfection. He is a "step above" in the snow making industry and richly deserves to be considered snow maker of the year!

Koodoos ,to a great snow

Koodoos ,to a great snow making, by ken and his crew! Wonderful season thanks

KEN MACK

As a part-time employee at Loon Ken has made it easy for me to be proud of our MT.Loon has come a long way and snow making is a big part of that.Without good carving snow and snow guns you can ski through it is not as much fun. Thank you Ken for making the winter go fast and fun You are the best!!!!!!

Ken Mack

I fell in love with Loon back in the early 90s. I now try to make to up from Pa. at least once a year for a few days. The snowmakers & groomer are a big reason for this. So thank to you & all your people for doing an awesome job with the snow & props to mother nature also

Ken Mack and HKD - What a team!

I've been skiing at Loon since the 70's the snow today is far superior thanks to Ken Mack and HKD Snomakers!

Snowmaking at Loon

I have been skiing at Loon for well over 20 years, and I am extremely pleased to have witnessed and experienced the tremendous improvement in the quality of snow made on the mountain. Back in the 90s, in all but the coldest temperatures, the "rats" blew wet snow that was almost always immediately packed down without draining into a cement base that even a good northeaster could not disguise. Over the years,snowmaking and snow grooming have vastly improved. As a Big Sky passholder, I often ski both Sunday River and Loon; I always thought that Sunday River made superior snow. However, several times over the past two years, I have skied Sunday River on a Saturday and then Loon the following dayt2; not to take anything away from Sunday River -- they still do a good job -- the conditions at Loon are often better. Sure, one can attribute this to advances in snowmaking equipment and technology, but the operator of that equipment has to know how to use it. As I have occasionally heard said about skiers and their equipment:"it's not the wand, it's the magician."

Pa would be so proud of you,

Pa would be so proud of you, as we all are.

very proud of you your

very proud of you your grandfather would be proud of you

Ken gets my vote

Because of this quote: "Working through problems, celebrating minor victories that, when the sun comes up, no one will even know about."

Vote- Ken Mack

Ken is a wonderful person; a loving family man, a dedicated worker, and an amazing boss. He works long and hard, summer and winter-always with a sense of humor and his mind set on the goal at all times. Loon's reputation for superior snow has grown year by year under Ken's guidance. He has received accolades from local businesses every year for his leadership in creating a product that is well respected through-out New England. The incredible snow at Loon attracts guest from near and far; creating great business opportunities within the community! Loon, the greatest benefactor of all, has increased its skier visits year after year with the mantra of superior snow!! Rarely is a guest disappointed! How does Ken do it? Ken has an innate ability to hire the right people! It's not easy to get a snowmaking position at Loon, these jobs are highly regarded and those who hold them are very proud to be Loon snowmakers. Ken is able to ingrain a high sense of pride and hard work into each person on his team. He has an easy-going way about him that makes him very likeable and easy to talk to. He is well respected by his team because he will get out there and work along side of them creating a bond and a sense of perfection that is infectious!! Keep up the good work, Ken!!

My vote is for Ken!

Go Ken, my vote is for you!! We can't wait to get Eli on the slopes :)

Superior Snow

Loon Mt. Home of Superior Snow When I hear that radio-ad or tv commercial I light right up. Thats Ken Mack Superior Snow my son. I'm looking forward to skiing with my Granddaughters on the 29th. On all that Superior Snow. Congradulations for being nominated for snowmaker of the year and being Mr. October snowmaker. Good Luck Love Dad

Ken

I remember when you where just starting Ken. That mountain has come along way since those days. And you and your crew have definitely played a key role in that. Job well done!

Ken Mack

Ken has my vote! He is extremely dedicated, hard working and friendly. He is a pleasure to learn from and work with! Ken loves making snow! Good luck Ken! Nicole

Ken Mack

Excellent ! Ken is very deserving of this award! Best to hiKen and his Crew. Mike

WOW

You know when I was a groomer at Loon snowmakers where not our friends making those huge whales and burying snow guns. Now I can see things have changed with new technology, hard work and dedication. So a big thank you to all the snowmakers at Loon. "Especially my Son" Love Dad

Kenneth Mack

Pa would be so proud of you.

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