Industry Profile: Eagle Point Resort Park Manager Garrett Hemmer
07 Aug, 2012
Years on snow: 18
Days on snow: 90-100 days a year
Currently riding: Revolution Snowboards
Currently I am : Working on the projects for the 2012/2013 season and dreaming about Pow.
Shay: Tell us a little bit about yourself
Garrett: Just a snow bum that loves to be on my board making the best of any situation/condition. I like to inspire people to love the sport as much as I do by making it exciting and fun.
Shay: How has snowboarding changed your life?
Garrett: Learning to be passionate about something. Setting goals in life and doing whatever it takes to reach them. Most importantly it has showed me the true meaning/feeling of freedom.
Shay: How did you get your start in the industry, who or what opened up more opportunities for you?
Garrett: I started working at a resort in Las Vegas in the parking lot. Craig Baldwin gave me the job there and opened up many other opportunities like the job I have now as park manager for Eagle Point.
Shay: How has your previous education or work experience helped you in your current job?
Garrett: Education… not much unless you count playing in the sand box. The main factor has been work experience from working as a stage hand doing welding, and operating equipment. Working for my Dad was also a main influence to everything. He taught me to lean everything I need to do things myself instead of paying somebody else to do it for me, to be independent.
Shay: Tell us about your role at Eagle Point and a description of the work you do?
Garrett: My role is to do anything I am asked to do, from building park to dishes in the lodge. I help in every dept. that is one of the things required to do when you work for a small growing resort that operates on limited staff. This makes it fun and exciting when your duties are always changing.
Shay: If you had to make up a job title that most accurately described what you REALLY do, what would it be?
Garrett: Hype man. I am always lifting spirits and keeping it lively.
Shay: Describe the craziest day/moment you’ve had at your job?
Garrett: Doing controlled burns on the resort property and the winds kicked up. We got a call on the radio at the time we were packing up for the day to go fishing to come put out a fire that had spread up the hill into the trees. So the guys on my crew and I drove down to the location as fast as we could and did battle with the flames.
Shay: What are some memorable experiences from working in the industry?
Garrett: Meeting people that I have looked up to over the years and seeing the industry grow. The amazing talent that has made the industry what it is today and witnessing the crazy things they have done.
Shay: What do you think are the biggest challenges that the snowboard industry faces and what changes would you like to see for the future?
Garrett: The economy. People have less money to spend on trips. In the U.S. I would like to see more mass transit like over in Europe with the trains and such to make travel more affordable.
Shay: What advice would you give to people wanting to work in the industry?
Garrett: If working in the industry is the route you want to go then don’t limit yourself to one thing, be diverse. You are not always going to be young and the job your body will let you do will change over the years.