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A good lift mechanic is hard to find. Leitner-Poma of America wants to help the industry rise up to the challenge of supporting the next generation of lift mechanics, with the second annual Rise Up Challenge.

Congratulations for the six teams competing in the 2022 Rise Up Challenge: Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz.; Boston Mills Brandywine, Ohio; Magic Mountain, Vt.; Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.; WinSport, A.B.; and Winter Park, Colo. Check out all the Rise Up Challenge videos below. Voting closed August 12 and we are tallying votes. Stay tuned for the results! The winner will walk away with a $3,500 education grant and bragging rights. 

AZ Snowbowl Brandywine
 MAgic Whistler 
Winsport  WinterPark 



Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz., Up-and-comer: Nicholas Gilbertson



Boston Mills Brandywine, Ohio, Up-and-comer: Scott Smejkal



Magic Mountain, Vt., Up-and-comer: Russ Murphy



Whistler Blackcomb, B.C., Up-and-comer: Kae-Lor Sitlinger



WinSport, A.B., Up-and-comer: Olivia Robson



Winter Park, Colo., Up-and-comer: Mel Schropp






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"A resort's lift infrastructure is truly the lifeblood and foundation for all operations and a cornerstone of customer experience and satisfaction. As a supplier, we are committed to helping the industry foster and develop the absolute best technicians possible to support this infrastructure. This program has been long overdue in recognizing the best of the best."

- Daren Cole, President, Leitner-Poma of America



Check out the contestant videos from the inaugural 2021 Rise Up Challenge.