Hans Wipper.Skibowl’s Hans Wipper exits post after 28 years posted on 11/01/2017
September 29 was the last day at Skibowl for Hans
Wipper. The resort’s marketing director
said leaving the post after 28 years was one of the hardest decisions he has
“I am sad to be leaving an incredible group of people and
working on the mountain I love,” Wipper told The Mountain Times. “I can’t thank
Skibowl enough for all the opportunities, knowledge and friendship that it has
provided over the years, and I will miss working with some wonderful people. I
am looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my
daughter, and getting to enjoy the holidays for the first time in a long time.”
As Wipper looks back over the nearly three decades on the
job, it is difficult to pick out a single moment that stands out. However, he
was able to cull the events of a few winters ago when a group would hit the
Upper Bowl every Sunday night and end the evening in the Warming Hut to music
and beers – followed by a final run to the bottom.
“That, and many memories like it were what made it such a
special place to work and play,” he said. “Oh, and any powder day that I got to
sneak on first chair.”
He will miss working with people that have become family
over the years, pointing out that the ski industry is a relatively small group
of people, leading to many friends.
“I hope to continue to keep in touch with them and stay
involved in the industry in some capacity,” he said. “I will miss being on the
mountain every day … Sunrises on a cold, crisp January morning with a few white
clouds against a deep blue sky and the trees buried in snow, is one of the most
special, serene and spectacular moments you can experience. I encourage
everyone to try it once.”
Wipper’s retirement from Skibowl will be short-lived, as he
now turns his attention to a bunch of Wippersnappers.
Two years ago, he and his wife Tiffany started
Wippersnappers Kids Play Place in Sandy, and its success has caused the family
to focus more on it.
“The wonderful people of our Mountain community have been
very supportive to us and we are very thankful for this opportunity to give all
the kids a fun, dry, family place to play,” he said. “Oh, and we have great
pizza, espresso, beer and wine as well.”
Wipper added that recently, they were able to rent the space
next to them and are working on expanding, adding another party room, bathroom
and more seating.
Meanwhile, at Skibowl, Sam White takes over as the new
marketing director. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Larry Berteau/MT