STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO- May 28, 2013-Ted Serafy, senior lift operations supervisor at the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, was awarded as the Lift Operations Person of the Year during the 42nd Rocky Mountain Lift Association Conference in Grand Junction, Colorado earlier this month.
“We are thrilled that Ted’s hard work and dedication has been recognized by such industry leaders,” said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Steamboat continues to provide the best experience for our guests by cultivating one of the best working environments in the industry. We are honored to have employees such as Ted, who continually raise the bar for excellence and are at the top of their field.”
With nearly three decades of industry experience, Serafy is at the forefront in designing, constructing and implementing innovative projects to improve the operations of the resort’s lifts and enhance the overall guest experience. His technical contributions continue to have a lasting impact for employees and guests.
For example, his comprehensive design work on the Sunshine chairlift resulted in the fabrication of a movable ramp system with trolley wheels for the loading and unloading points on the detachable quad. This strategy resulted in one of the resort’s busiest high-speed lifts running more efficiently while significantly reducing stops. Serafy’s design and construction expertise has been called upon by other departments across the resort including lift maintenance, slope maintenance, bike operations and food & beverage to name a few.
In addition to his RMLA honor, Serafy has received recognition on a number of occasions as Steamboat’s supervisor of the month as well as nominated for the company’s end of season safety award for his instrumental and quick thinking efforts that averted serious injury during an isolated incident on the Priest Creek chairlift over President’s weekend.
“I have worked with Ted for his entire tenure in Steamboat and marvel at his continued contributions to lift operations, the resort and industry,” said Deb Werner, lift operations director for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Ted is an outstanding representative for the resort, and very deserving of this industry recognition.”
The RMLA is a professional and educational association founded in 1971 to meet the needs of the growing ski industry in Colorado. The organization was established as the Rocky Mountain Lift Maintenance Association, dedicated to sharing information and problem solving ideas among lift maintenance personnel. In 1976, the name was changed to Rocky Mountain Lift Association (RMLA) to recognize the vital roles played by all lift Operations and Maintenance personnel.
A graduate of Auburn University in English Literature, Serafy joins a growing list of lift professionals to be honored by the RMLA including previous Steamboat recipients – Derek Fritz (2013), Mark Emery (2011) and Frank Fidler (2009).