From: Billerica, MA
Family: Dad of a 9-year old daughter
Offtime: Fish, ride dirt bikes, hang out with his daughter
Jasen is a skier.
“At 18, my ski industry career started out as a lift operator at Waterville Valley, NH. While I liked it, I decided to move forward and join the U.S. Marine Corps. There I was trained to maintain missile defense radar systems which led me to work for Raytheon. This kind of work was both complicated and interesting but the serious downfall was working in an office environment every day. I liked working in the outdoors and returned to the ski industry as a snowmaker for Peak Resorts/ Crotched Mountain.”
“Crotched needed someone dedicated to the lifts department and I transitioned from snowmaker to lift maintenance.” Though I have changed resorts over the years, I’ve never left the lift maintenance.
From there Jasen said, “I went on to work for Windham around 2008 to run their department and then up to Saddleback Lift Maintenance for 4 years. I’ve been here at Sugarbush for about 9 months.
The biggest differences between Saddleback and Sugarbush?
“The environments were radically different. I went from 2-3 mechanics to more than 15 of them, with more details, more personalities. Trying to figure out which mechanics had experience and know-how on what parts of the lift systems. It’s been important for us to learn to work as a cohesive unit and to improve our maintenance records and documentation. When a lift is down, my former training supporting a radar system that could only be down for a few minutes has geared me to be calm and troubleshoot the issue. I believe the mechanics know and appreciate the fact that I’m working along side of them instead of just managing them.