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Vote for Our Lift Maintenance Team!

Our lift maintenance team was nominated for the SAM Magazine (Ski Area Management) Rise Up Challenge!

We are extremely proud of the work our lift maintenance team does. Despite the many challenges they face, they continue to show up and work hard day in and day out.

“Improvise, adapt and overcome — that’s the unofficial motto of Purgatory lift maintenance,” said Jim Brantley, lift maintenance manager.

In addition to recognizing the lift maintenance team, the Rise Up Challenge also brings light to one of the team’s up-and-comers. For Purgatory, this person is Zach Martinez, a Level II Lift Mechanic. Zach has worked at Purgatory for almost eight years.

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Zach Martinez, Purgatory’s lift maintenance up-and-comer, reporting for duty.

“Zach started as a Lift Attendant and quickly rose through the ranks,” said Brantley. “He is an integral part of the new generation of Lift Mechanics and a strong mentor to the younger mechanics and lift operators. He teaches them the skills they need to know, and his dedication to the mountain and passion for the job is contagious.”

The team with the most votes will win an education grant valued at $3,500, courtesy of Leitner-Poma of America.

Help us show our lift maintenance team some love! You may cast your vote once daily, and voting is open July 20th to August 4th.