On the Clock
The mountains are a means and an end for Jamie Ober. As the lift operations manager at Arapahoe Basin, he is responsible for getting guests safely to the top of the Continental Divide during the longest ski season in North America.Mountain sports are Ober’s life. His job keeps him on the mountain all day everyday, but a lot of his free time is spent outdoors as well.What do you like most about your job?
“I like to interact with people, face to face. I also like being on the mountain, ultimately that’s what it’s all about. I like to be the first person on the mountain in the morning and the last person off the mountain at the end of the day.” Ober always takes time to make a few runs before work. “I like skiing on the mountain all by myself,” he said. “That’s why I moved here, and my job allows me to do that.”What is challenging about your job?”The challenge is trying to keep all the guests happy. When a guest has a problem, I just try to resolve it to their satisfaction. I want every guest to have a good time, and keep my employees happy as well.”
What brought you to Summit County?”I’m from Chicago originally. I first came to Summit County on holiday with my family when I was 15. I returned a few times on my own when I was in college. By the time I was 20, I knew I would move here after school. I chose Summit County because of the close proximity to all the world class ski areas and the long ski season. When I first came to the Basin, I knew this is where I wanted to work, and probably spend a good bit of my life.”How do you like to keep busy when not at work?
“I like any kind of exciting, outdoor activity. I whitewater kayak, rock climb, and mountain bike. In the winter I backcountry ski and ice climb. Basically, anything that is challenging mentally and physically.” Something co-workers would be surprised to know?”I used to snowboard. That’d probably surprise some people. I did a season of snowboarding 5 or 6 years ago, along with skiing and telemark skiing. I was trying to buy too much gear so I just picked (skiing). I didn’t have the time and money for all three.”- Justin Epperly
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