Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mtn. Mechanics: Ski and Ride School, The Adventure Center, and Jay Chamber of Commerce

We started our third day at Jay Peak with some homemade crepes and then left for the Adventure Center. The Adventure Center is the main building for the ski and snowboard school. We met with the Manager of the center and he talked to us about the uniqueness of the ski school at Jay. For example, Jay Peak uses a technique called terrain based learning, where the snow is shaped to make it easier for beginners to learn how to turn. He also talked to us about the importance of work ethic and passion when it comes to success. We then went skiing and ate ramen for lunch down at the chairlift. Later, we met with the Chamber of Commerce who talked to us about the impact of the Ski Resort Jay Peak on the local community. They said that overall the mountain has only impacted their businesses positively and that they have found success through the help of the Resort. -Katschi

Katschi and I started today by teaching the others how much better "Pfannkuchen" (crêpes) are then American pancakes. So they already learned something in the first hour of this day. Then we met the Director of the Adventure Center and he talked to us about his team goals and his business. They are basically trying to create a circle of people. The kids should start learning to ski or snowboard at Jay Peak, go to their 8 week camps, join the ski team, become a junior instructor and a real ski instructor to teach the little children again. This is their way of keeping people at Jay. He also gave us some awesome advice for the future. Our success in life, family and especially jobs comes from our attitude. Always be polite, work hard, don't complain or cause any drama and you will be successful. -Nico 

Today we met with the Director of Ski and Adventure center. We learned how Jay Peak uses a different learning technique in how they shape their beginner trail. They use a pipe like terrain to make the young skiers more confident. The ski school also has about 50 international workers who come on J-1 visas only for one semester to work and teach skiing. Later that night we met with the chamber of commerce to learn how Jay influences their business. We learned that the new Jay is friendlier then the old Jay to the locals. Overall today was a good time.

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