Entering my third week of my internship, I’m starting to learn the ropes… or maybe it’s the slopes. I have transitioned from a typical college student who wakes up around 10 a.m., to a Loon marketing intern who wakes up at 5:30 and sometimes earlier. The past few weeks have been really enjoyable seeing the sunrise every morning and getting every last minute of sunlight out of these short winter days. I am working five days this week and have my hands full with all sorts of events and activities.
Last Friday, Fox News came to the mountain to do a live broadcast at 5:30, which meant a 4 a.m. wake up. 4 a.m. is an hour I don’t regularly see; I’m not saying I have never been up at that hour “studying,” but this is a totally different experience. Getting to the mountain at 5 a.m. and having the snow guns blasting, the wind whipping and the air temperatures at a frigid -1 degree, the walk from the car was awakening to say the least. The morning was filled with interviews, shots of the mountain, and general morning news talk. Fox News brought eight people from their crew and Loon had five of their own, making what I thought to be a big production. The broadcast went great, some of the things that I took out of the broadcast are newscasters are kind of like movie stars. Doug and Lilly were the news reporters on location for the day. Doug and Lilly are lots of fun to talk to and are true professionals and do an amazing job bringing lots of energy to an early morning set.
Saturday marked the first day of National Safety Awareness Week and boy did I have a lot going on. The day started off with switching advertisements on all of Loon’s buses. If you didn’t know, there are close to 20 buses that make rotations around the mountain. As we finished up, people started rolling in so Kevin and I did a little job sharing and helped out being resort hosts for the first wave of guests. Immediately after that we started getting ready for the gondola giveaway. Some of you might ask what that is; well it’s like Cash Cab show on Discovery Channel. Two random people enter the gondola and are asked an assortment of safety questions. There are three levels of difficulty, with the hardest being statistics questions like “What percentage of skiers and snowboarders wore helmets in the 2002/2003 season?” After finishing the Gondola Giveaway, I went back up to the office and worked on interview questions for two of Loon’s pro riders.
With only three days left of my internship, I have a sorrowful feeling inside, knowing I will have to go back to normal college life after having
the greatest internship known to man. If life could continue as is, I would be one happy man.
-Tyler Lewis (Intern)