When the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, kick off in February, they’ll do so thanks to the largest snow making operation in Europe – and one Jon Wax, snowmaking manager at Mission Ridge.
Wax, 42, is currently over in Sochi making snow in preparation for the Olympics. A veteran snowmaker with 17 years of experience in the industry (including at places like Sun Valley, Idaho, and Copper Mountain, Colorado), Wax was recruited to help get the Olympic ski areas ready for competitions.
Wax is a graduate of the Ski Area Operations program at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado.
Sochi, a summer resort town of 500,000 on the shores of the Black Sea, definitely needs the help. With average highs of 50 degrees in February at many of the alpine competition locations in the mountains, making snow is Russia’s insurance policy for the Olympics.
Wax, for his part says he is “loving it” in Sochi. “I miss Mission and home, but this is an incredible experience I will never forget,” he told us a few days ago via email.
We look forward to having Jon back in a couple months after his Olympic experience. In the meantime, wish him well, and check out this video about Jon and snowmaking at Mission Ridge.
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