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Patrick Thorne

27 Apr 21

Skier Marks 30 Years of Being Last To Ride Last Lift of Season

Patrick Thorne

27 Apr 21

There’s always a contest at the start of each winter to be the first person to get on the first lift of the season at a favourite ski hill, often with people camping out overnight to be at the front of the queue. But there’s not usually such a battle to ride the last lift up on the last day of the season.

This week a Utah based skier has celebrated being the last person to ride up on the last lift ride of the season at the state’s famous skiers-only Alta ski area every season for the past 30 years.

Mike Wisland told local media that he started skiing at Alta on the day he arrived in Utah. Then for the past three decades he’s made sure that he has been the last person on the Sunshine lift on its final run before closing time on the final day the resort has been open each season.

This year that was last Sunday, 25th April.

“I did it for five or six years,” he told Salt Lake City’s Fox 13 station, adding, “…and then it just became something I did.”

(Picture top credit Alta Ski resort and Iz La Motte – it is NOT The Sunshine lift but we liked the pic)