The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #6 | Alta Ski Area – Skiing First, COVID, Canyon Traffic, & Silver Linings

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Podcast #6 – Mike Maughan, General Manager of Alta Ski Area, UT.

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This week, we bring you episode #6 with the General Manager of Alta Ski Area in Utah, Mike Maughan.

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In this episode, Mike & Miles converse on Alta’s unique skiing-centric culture, solutions to Little Cottonwood Canyon’s (LCC) traffic situation, improving LCC’s traction control law, Alta being less busy this season, Alta’s COVID-19 policies, and more.

“It’s the vibe, it’s the people, it’s the character of this place. You put those 3 things together – it’s a beautiful, majestic place with its own character and just world-class skiing.” – Mike Maughan

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Alta Ski Area – Skiing First, COVID,

Canyon Traffic, & Silver Linings

Mike Maughan, Alta Ski Area’s General Manager 

Alta Ski Area – Skiing First, COVID, Canyon Traffic, & Silver Linings

Brought to you by Alta Ski Area

“It’s the vibe, it’s the people, it’s the character of this place. You put those 3 things together – it’s a beautiful, majestic place with its own character and just world-class skiing.” – Mike Maughan

Mike Maughan is the General Manager of Alta Ski Area in Utah. Mike is only the 4th General Manager in Alta’s 83-year history. Mike has been working at Alta since 1990, making this his 30th year at Alta.

In this episode, Mike & Miles converse on Alta’s unique skiing-centric culture, solutions to Little Cottonwood Canyon’s (LCC) traffic situation, improving LCC’s traction control law, Alta being less busy this season, Alta’s COVID-19 policies, and more.

Mike Maughan answers these critical questions:

  • How has Alta preserved its authentic, skiing-first vibe and not gone the bigger, better, more route?
  • What’s the latest news on the approved Mt. Baldy Tram?
  • Why doesn’t Alta allow snowboarders?
  • What will be Alta’s COVID-19 operational strategy with regards to masks, lift tickets, season passes, chairlift riding, gondola capacity, lift lines, social distancing, & indoor dining?
  • Will this be THE season to be at Alta due to fewer skiers being allowed on the mountain each day?
  • Why did Alta lets skiers and riders hike up and ride down Alta after the COVID shut down last year and even groom runs for them?
  • What will the apres-ski scene be at Alta and the surrounding lodges: The Peruvian, Alta Lodge, The Rustler, The Goldminer’s Daughter?
  • Many more…

Please enjoy!

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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #6 – Mike Maughan, General Manager of Alta Ski Area
 
Recorded on October 22nd, 2020, in Santa Cruz, CA (Miles Clark) and Alta, UT (Mike Maughan).
 
This episode was edited by Robert Wilkinson.
 
Music by Chad Crouch.
 
Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.
The SnowBrains Podcast. Skier: Miles Clark. Location: Jackson Hole, WY. Photo: Sasha Motivala.  Date:  March 2020

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