If you’ve spent any time in Alta, you’ve likely figured out that we tend to see employees from all over the world, but one area we tend to lack representation from is the Deep South. Accents from Australia to Maine are commonplace and often times don’t even cause you to turn your head, but that sweet southern twang always captures your attention.

Last winter, we were lucky enough to have Amber from Alabama work the Front Desk and bring a little southern charm to the Goldminer’s (disclaimer – as many of you know Jonathan is from North Carolina, so southern hospitality runs deep in our company culture). Amber graduated from the University of Alabama in May of 2014 and like many recent college graduates she wanted to spread her wings a little before settling down. Immediately after graduation, she started her travels and ended up spending a season in Alta.

As usual, we asked Amber an assortment of questions to try to get to the bottom of how she ended up in Alta and more importantly how she ended up at GMD? Keep reading to learn how a southern girl from Alabama faired her first winter out West.

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Amber ended up in Alta for a pretty simple reason…she wanted to learn to ski. As you may expect, there isn’t much skiing in Alabama, so she decided the best way to learn to ski would be to get a job at a ski resort. After applying in Vail and at Goldminer’s Daughter, she decided GMD was the better fit for similar reasons that we all love about GMD… it is locally owned and small business minded.

In her short time in Alta, she quickly learned to ski thanks to her co-workers and friends and by the end of the season was already conquering black diamond runs. Amber’s biggest surprise upon arrival at the lodge was that the food was really good and that skiing was more expensive than she thought.

When asked about the Lodge in particular and what she enjoyed most about working at the Lodge; she mentions how nice everyone at the Lodge is and how much fun it is to hang out with everyone. When you live and work with your co-workers there is never a dull moment.

Amber’s advice to future employees is if you are planning on coming for one season and never come back then don’t come, as it is too hard to leave. We love seeing how even in her first year in Alta the GMD spirit is apparent.

Currently, Amber is testing out the waters in LA hoping to put her degree in digital marketing to work in character design. If that doesn’t work out, she’ll be back

Amber’s final words of wisdom speak to the quality of life you experience when living and / or visiting Alta. Everyone is there to have a good time and enjoy life!