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Much to their parents’ consternation, Ryan Terhaar and his older brother, Russ, left their New York roots and moved West to ski and hike in Colorado’s mountains. Ryan Terhaar left school with less than 25 credits to complete a degree in marketing and has been skiing, hiking and bartending in Summit County ever since.Soon, his younger brother, Jeremy, will finish college and head West, “on graduation day,” Ryan Terhaar said, landing the family’s three sons in Summit County.”I don’t know how we ended up the way we did,” Terhaar said of himself and his two siblings. “Neither of my parents ski or are big drinkers, and they had us three.”Somewhere in the bloodline, there appears to be a free-spirited strain: His first Summit County season in 1996, Terhaar stayed, “until I ran out of money and had to go back to New York to make more.”
He works as head bartender at Dillon’s newest Mexican restaurant, which opened four weeks ago. What do you like about your job?”The hours, the money and the girls.”What are the job’s challenges?
While he covets a flexible schedule and a four-day week, Terhaar said long hours and double shifts can get to him. He also complained of dealing with servers who don’t quickly pick up drinks at the service bar. “Take some drinks out!” he frequently tells them at the bar.What brought you to Summit County?He first spent a season here in 1996 but returned East to attend college. Four years later a trip across the country in a two-seated Honda CR-X “piled to the brim behind the seats” landed him here and before the engine went cold, he and friends headed for Arapahoe Basin to ski.”We were going up Loveland Pass and had to turn around because of an avalanche. That was my introduction to the county,” he said.
What do you do when you’re not at work?Surprisingly – or maybe not so – Terhaar didn’t first mention girls when talking about his extracurricular activities. He first said, “ski,” and then said, “hike.”He favors Copper Mountain for its steep bump runs and tree skiing.”None of them get skied,” he said. “It’s a great locals’ mountain.”- Kim Marquis
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