Last weekend, Deer Valley hosted mogul and aerialist skiers from around the world for the 2013 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup. In typical Deer Valley fashion, the event was top notch. As we drove up Deer Valley Drive toward the event venue for the aerial events on Friday night, both the moguls run and the freestyle ski jump were lit seemingly from within.
Even though the event was free, Deer Valley was running the Burns chair lift allowing spectators to ride rather than walk the short distance uphill to the venue. And the food, both in the VIP tent and at the outdoor concession, was deliciously Deer Valley. Oh yeah, the athletes were pretty amazing, too—going huge off the jump for the 2,000-plus spectators. (The only American to make the podium was New Jersey teen Mike Rossi who put together three clean jumps to finish third. His bronze result came just two weeks after the 18-year-old first cracked the top 10 in Lake Placid.)
What’s most impressive about Deer Valley’s annual World Cup events, however, is the volunteers. They were everywhere during the event, clad in easy-to-spot neon green jackets. Everyone I spoke with was friendly, professional and totally stoked to be there. Roseanne Jamrok, a Michigan native who spends winters in Park City, was standing on the snow just below the main spectator area when we walked up to the competition, and was still there with a big smile on her face when we walked back down more than two hours later. “Deer Valley is the best resort in the whole wide world. They are so nice to us here,” Jamrock said.
Volunteer Roseanne Jamrok
More than 160 volunteers helped pull off Deer Valley’s World Cup aerials and moguls this year, which represented more than half of the total manpower required to execute the event. Almost all the volunteers have been donating their time for Deer Valley World Cup events before the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. “We treat our volunteers as well as our employees, and most seem to really love the sport and seeing the athletes. When they all get together it feels a little like summer camp—everyone is so excited to see their friends every year,” says Marilyn Stinson, Deer Valley tour and travel/international manager and World Cup volunteers manager.
It’s all smiles all the time in the Deer Valley World Cup volunteer check trailer.
For information about becoming a Deer Valley volunteer email Marilyn Stinson at Marilyn@deervalley.com or visit volunteer.deervalley.com/Home/Signup.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog is utahvagabond.com.