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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Here is your chance to run a ski hill! (small, community hill next to the middle of nowhere)
http://www.skitheloup.com/
post #2 of 14
My first inclination was to reply to this thread to say something like it would be a horrible job and not worth it.

I was wrong. At face value that looks like a pretty neat opportunity. Good hill, good location, and it would be a good stepping stone into the ski industry. I love the quote on the front page, "Come check out our...indoor flush toilets."
post #3 of 14
The Granlibakken in Tahoe is also looking for a conference coordinator. Pays salary and commissions. ESA used this facility last year and it has a very small ski area, but nice facilities.

Conference Coordinator

Conference Coordinator
Full-time, year-round position. Event Planning experience preferred. Hourly wage plus commission and benefits. Fax
resume to Stephanie (530) 581-7550
or call (530) 581-7314 to interview. (Email

Stephanie@granlibakken.com)
post #4 of 14
Loup Loup is in an unbelievably beautiful area. It most surely is in the "middle of nowhere" if you're looking for urban services. Though, if you want a wonderful setting for all kinds of outdoor activity it's ideal.
post #5 of 14
Phil - this is your chance to escape the rat race!

A friend just closed on her dream property near there...
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Loup Loup is in an unbelievably beautiful area. It most surely is in the "middle of nowhere" if you're looking for urban services. Though, if you want a wonderful setting for all kinds of outdoor activity it's ideal.
Loup Loup hardcore baby!!

It is indeed a prety cool area, with a suprising number of dedicated skiers, plus North Cascades heli is just up the road too
post #7 of 14
What's the snow like and how much do they get? Looks like a great small area. They used wood to build the lodge:
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
The Loup really is a great little hill - decent terrain (for it's size),virtually no lift lines since we upgraded to a quad (fixed) from the old Poma stick - 12 min. ride for 1200' vert. You can easily bag over 30,000 feet in a full day of skiing. The drawback is not much snow - we generally have about a 3' - 4' base to work with. Hence the saying "sooner or later they are ALL rock skis at the Loup". Any year the hill is open before Christmas is a good year and they always shut it down in mid march no matter what the conditons. Last year was the only one I can remember that they ran into early April. A few seasons back when all the ski hills in the PNW were struggling we were only open a handfull of days with pitifull conditions. I'ts only a 5200' foot Mt. Good dumps of snow are rare and we go for weeks sometimes with nothing new. Mt. Baker to the west of us sucks most of the snow out of our weather! But we make the most of what we have (could be worse) and have a great time. It's everything you might imagine a small community hill would be; laid back, casual, uncrowded, unsophisticated, and unpretentious. I for one am looking forward to bringing in some new blood and hopefully focusing more on improving the terrain for low - snow pack skiing. If anyone is interested in knowing more I'd be glad to help - I was born and raised here (learned to ski at the Loup in '71) and know the area and people well. Just PM me and I can answer Q's and provide links etc.
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The Loup really is a great little hill - decent terrain (for it's size),virtually no lift lines since we upgraded to a quad (fixed) from the old Poma stick - 12 min. ride for 1200' vert. You can easily bag over 30,000 feet in a full day of skiing. The drawback is not much snow - we generally have about a 3' - 4' base to work with. Hence the saying "sooner or later they are ALL rock skis at the Loup". Any year the hill is open before Christmas is a good year and they always shut it down in mid march no matter what the conditons. Last year was the only one I can remember that they ran into early April. A few seasons back when all the ski hills in the PNW were struggling we were only open a handfull of days with pitifull conditions. I'ts only a 5200' foot Mt. Good dumps of snow are rare and we go for weeks sometimes with nothing new. Mt. Baker to the west of us sucks most of the snow out of our weather! But we make the most of what we have (could be worse) and have a great time. It's everything you might imagine a small community hill would be; laid back, casual, uncrowded, unsophisticated, and unpretentious. I for one am looking forward to bringing in some new blood and hopefully focusing more on improving the terrain for low - snow pack skiing. If anyone is interested in knowing more I'd be glad to help - I was born and raised here (learned to ski at the Loup in '71) and know the area and people well. Just PM me and I can answer Q's and provide links etc.

Dude, you wrote that like a true home growm Methow Valley local that doesnt want any else to find out about your secret stash......


While Loup Loup may only get a fraction of the snow that Baker gets... it still boasts a yearly snowfall total that lots of the major resorts in CO would be jealious of!

As far as comunity hills go, Loup loup is at the upper end of the scale and is a really fun place to ski, plus the sled access stuff in the methow valley is just unreal.
post #10 of 14
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plus the sled access stuff in the methow valley is just unreal.
Should we interpret that as an invite?
post #11 of 14
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Should we interpret that as an invite?
Sounds like it to me too!
post #12 of 14
Job comes with sled and driver. Gotta have a driver.

Phil could do this job. Lola would love it:
post #13 of 14
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Job comes with sled and driver. Gotta have a driver.

Phil could do this job. Lola would love it:
Who's the driver?
post #14 of 14
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doesnt want any else to find out about your secret stash......

Uh-oh, guess I'm not foolin' you! Really though, that's the paradox of the Loup, they really don't get a lot of fresh powder, but just a 1/2 hour away, higher in the Cascades is world class stuff for sure! Warren Millers crew filmed some up there a few years back(I forget which movie). Backcountry ski, snowmobile, and helli access only though. There has been an ongoing controversy here for many years now regarding lift assisted skiing. Seems the majority (or most influential) are deadset against it and that kind of developement. 30 something years ago a ski developement company known as Aspen Corporation discovered an area up at the head of the valley called Early Winters. After a number of years fighting the local opposition they packed up and left with their tails between their legs and built a little place up north called Blackcomb instead. At least I'm pretty sure that's how it went. Since then two more have tried and moved on and in their wake was left this memorandum of agreement between so and so and somebody else : that their will be no lift assisted skiing their ever - period!
So what we have now is one of the country's largest developed cross country ski areas on the valley floor next to some awesome backcountry terrain with the little ol' Loup off to the side wishin' some of all that snow would blow just a little further east. As I said the Loup is next to the middle of nowwhere but the middle of nowhere is in the middle of some really great skiing! Within a days drive or less is Crystal Mt., Stevens Pass, Mt. Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, Something like 20 ski areas in B.C. east of the mountains (north of here), Schweitzer in north Idaho, Big Mountain Montana, and many other small/medium sized areas. Great skiing abounds for the opportunistic. What can I say, this is a Utopia for fun pigs lookin' to escape the rat race. But you better hurry up, the area has been discovered, the wave of baby boomer retirement is beginning to rise before us and the race is on!
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