Casey H. - Lift Maintenance Manager at Solitude
Casey has been contributing to the Solitude team for 20 years. A native to Sandy, Utah, Casey’s plan was to live the dream for one year as a liftie and then head off to college. However, plans often change. After two years of swinging lifts, Casey was invited to help with lift maintenance during the summer and he soon moved into a full-time position with Solitude.
When asked what he loves most about his job, Casey is quick to reply: “Every day is exciting and you never know what the day is going to bring. I like the fact that the whole mountain works together. If we need help with anything, vehicle maintenance is always there. If Eagle Express chairs are frozen on an icy morning, ski patrol is right there helping push chairs through the terminal. It’s nice to have great leaders above me that trust we know what we’re doing and make sure we have the tools we need to do our job effectively.”
And the job entails a lot of varying responsibilities and tasks. But it’s what makes the job unique, according to Casey, because you never know what you’re in for each day. “You might be sitting on a tower watching a sheave wheel or a tower switch for hours at a time, you could be manning a top lift terminal for a whole day or we could be helping guest services park cars or helping vehicle maintenance respool a cable on a winch cat.” If there is a normal day, Casey usually spends it “riding the lifts, listening and looking for possible problems before they arise. Constantly walking through lift terminals making sure everything is functioning properly, and cleaning the rails the grips roll through.”
A large part of Casey’s job happens when guests aren’t at the resort. “Most people don’t realize how much it takes to get the resort up and running,” he says. “We are at the resort at 6:30am every day and are here sometimes until 10pm. There is a lot of maintenance that happens before opening and after closing. Most people think the lifts just get a switch turned on at the beginning of the season and they just run until the season is over but that’s not true.” One of the most daunting tasks Casey has to perform is to “drive a snowmobile to the top of a lift in the morning with 20" of fresh snow and whiteout conditions. It can be quite the adrenaline rush,” he says.