Meet the Team: Peter!
Posted by Pico Mountain on March 1, 2010
We know Pico is unique because it’s a local mountain, so we want to give you some insight to the locals who work here! Here’s a little bit from Peter, a long-time skier and Pico ski instructor. Who knows, he may be your instructor next time you're taking a lesson!
How long have you been working at Pico?
Since the beginning of time...Ok, not quite that long. 1980. I'm not sure, but I think I've been working at Pico longer than anyone on staff....Yikes!
How did you start working at Pico?
I was teaching skiing at a large resort down the road. I was looking for some more challenging terrain and a chance to ski with some better skiers to improve my game. I found both at Pico.
What do you like most about your job?
Sharing my passion for skiing and winter in the mountains with others. I get such a kick out of seeing someone take their skiing to the next level, watching their face light up and knowing they're totally stoked without even having to ask. Or taking in the view from the top of Pico on a sunny day. When people see Camel's Hump to the north, the Adirondacks to the west and the Presidentials to the east, it blows them away! After all these years I am still in awe of the view from the summit.
What's the best on-the-job story you have from your time working at Pico?
It's hard to pick one, but this one's pretty good....One day many years ago I got up at the crack of dawn to get to the mountain to hand tune my skis. I worked on those babies for a couple of hours and had them tuned to the max...Absolute razors. With only a few minutes to spare before I had to go to ski school line-up I finished the skis. Brilliant! At this point Murray McGrath (of Inn at Long Trail fame) came rolling in with about two minutes to spare (as he did every day), grabbed the skis out of my hands and said "thanks for tuning my skis Pete", and headed out the door with that deep hearty laugh of his in his wake. Shocked, I looked around and realized that I had just spent two hours tuning Murray's identical Rossignol GS skis. He still rubs that in every chance he gets.