On the biggest and best of powder days, Ullr tends to get all the attention. But perhaps instead of praising the snow god, we should think twice and thank the ski area’s general manager instead.
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This past month, Alta’s long running general manager, Onno Wieringa announced his retirement to a flurry of gratitude and appreciation– the way it should be. Wieringa first joined Alta Ski Area as a ski patroller back in 1972 and was promoted to the role of general manager in 1988.
Just over 29 years later, the LCC icon and Montana transplant is calling it quits.
Wieringa is largely known for his development and specialized use of a Howitzer artillery gun to mitigate avalanche danger on the slopes of Alta’s most iconic runs. In addition to his inspired avalanche control work, the Alta GM is largely attributed with creating the Alta-Snowbird connection and dual lift pass.
As a token of employee appreciation, Wieringa received an engraved howitzer shell and a slab of wood from one of the trees at the ski area to commemorate his dedication to Alta’s surrounding environment.
*Cheers Onno and best of luck with your much deserved retirement!
Find out more via this SLC Tribune article: Onno’s legacy – Preserving Alta’s soul