We caught up with our Race Coordinator, Angela Stewart, to ask her a few questions after a long day of fencing.
Q: What does a Race Coordinator do here?
A: I develop the schedule for school racing and training and I keep everything organized. I also help on the hill during race days with fencing, gate installation, and race timing. I don't set courses but I've learned a lot about it just from observing. There's a lot that goes into planning out how racers move between gates on the hill.
Q: How long have you been at Gunstock?
A: I've been in race for 3 years. Before that I started as the restaurant manager and filling in sometimes for the night manager. After that I was ski instructing, then working in lifts, then ski check, then retail, and I've been volunteering over at LRDS. So I've been all over the place.
Q: What sets the race department apart from the rest of the mountain?
A: Racing is all about time down to just tenths of a second. After a long race day, the rest of the world seems to move at a snail's pace.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of work?
A: I have a lot of small passions. I went to school for art education so I do art programs, paint nights- I pour on the paint first and then put things on top. I'm also a musician. I play acoustic guitar and I wrote my first song 3 years ago. It's called Young and Old and it's the story of me and my grandparents, so it's very close to my heart.
Q: What's your ideal sandwich?
A: I like a Reuben on marble rye. Or I've been doing a wrap with buffalo cauliflower, roasted veggies, and some hummus.
Q: What's your spirit animal?
A: Usually it's a fox, but recently it's been an eagle.
Q: What's the best part about working at the mountain?
A: The community factor. Everyone genuinely wants to get to know one another and help each other out whenever they can.
We appreciate you Angela, thanks for being part of Gunstock's community!