19 year old Maddy Pierce’s alarm goes off at 4:50 on winter weekend mornings. She’s at Copper Mountain by 6am, where she checks in with the night crew, swaps radios and then heads up the mountain on a snowmobile.
Maddy is on the snowmaking crew at Copper Mountain when she’s not studying ski operations at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville. For Maddy, skiing is life. She started volunteering at her local ski area in upstate New York at age 11 as a junior ski instructor. There, she grew up doing a little bit of everything.
One day, towards the end of her senior year in highschool, she was sitting with the owner of the ski area, who at this point had become a good friend.
“Maddy,” he said, “You know that there are places where you could do this for a living. Where there are a hundred snow groomers. Where it’s more than just me and you.”