#OurYYC Apprentice: Jordan Witzel drives a snow groomer at COP
Global Calgary Meteorologist Jordan Witzel is heading out in the community to experience some of the many careers that make up our dynamic city.
Through the #OurYYC Apprentice series, Witzel will try his hand at different jobs for one day – to see just how challenging they can be.
My #OurYYC Apprentice series this month dives into the winter season with a job-shadowing opportunity on the slopes of Canada Olympic Park (COP).
The world-class ski resort it is maintained by a handful of behind-the-scenes workers who don’t often rely on winter weather to provide the snowpack. In fact, more than 90 per cent of the snow at COP is man-made.
Snow is made early in the mornings, and the job of grooming and conditioning that snow is left to a team of employees who manage four groomers for nearly 12 hours each night.
WinSport, which operates COP, doesn’t attempt to compete with the local mountains. Instead, its mandate is to offer a chance for amateur snowboarders or skiers to improve their skills, as well as offering Olympic-level venues to elite athletes from around the world.
During my time at COP I worked with WinSport employee Ian Newcombe, who taught me how tough it is to handle a groomer. I have to say it’s a pretty fun job, and a little like driving a tank I guess!
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