Brian Heon always knew he wanted to work at a ski resort. However, the Connecticut native’s first foray into the industry following graduation from Colby-Swayer College was a bit off-beat.
“I worked one of the only chairlifts in the state of Florida,” he said.
OK, so technically, the ski resort in question was really Blizzard Beach, the winter-themed water park at Walt Disney World, where Heon worked in the parks and recreation division. But after two years in central Florida, he packed up his car and drove to Utah. It was a place he had never visited, but seeing as the Olympics would be held at Park City in 2002, it seemed as good a place as any to make his way into the industry.
He ended up staying for 12 years.