Across each snowbound mountain destination on the Ikon Pass, there’s always more than meets the eye going on behind the scenes. Mountain wide – from before the sun rises until well after it sets – these activities and actions are rarely seen by guests. Yet, they are experienced day-in-and day out, constantly making the on-mountain experience something special and unique.
Beyond the snow, it takes motivated, passionate people to move mountains. These are the Ikon Pass employees who have demonstrated what it takes to keep things running, stepping up in hard times, and forever showing love for their mountain communities.
Steve S. – Manager of Mountain Adventures at Blue Mountain Resort
Nestled on the shores of the Southern Georgian Bay lies Blue Mountain Resort, a family-friendly haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure and natural beauty year round. At the heart of this resort is Steve Simpson, the Manager of Mountain Adventures.
Steve revels in any opportunity to be outdoors and jumped at the chance to combine his background in outdoor education and leadership development with his love for the resort. Fostering personal and professional growth in his team members is a highlight of his job.
“The look in my daughter’s eyes when she connected her personal experience during her first time on our Canopy Climb Net Adventure with what Daddy does for work; truly magical.” – Steve
To those unfamiliar with the inner workings of Blue Mountain Resort, the Mountain Adventures team oversees nine summer attractions and two winter attractions, with a primary focus on high-altitude fun—ropes courses, climbing zones, netted adventures, and zip lines. While technical skills can be taught, it is the team’s soft skills—such as a positive attitude and friendliness—that set them apart.
Though winter activities are synonymous with Blue Mountain, Steve is delighted by the resort’s year-round appeal that allows fun and excitement to extend beyond the snowy season. One standout experience he recommends to anyone visiting is the night skating on the Woodview Mountaintop Skating Trail — a 1.1 kilometer trail that offers an unparalleled thrill against a backdrop of starry skies.
“The spirit of the staff is what keeps us going. It takes commitment and alignment to the common goal; providing a safe and elevated guest experience, and having fun doing it!” – Steve
Steve’s passionate attitude towards elevating experiences and making great memories for guests and guides alike, embodies the spirit of Blue Mountain. The tight-knit community and the interconnectedness of individuals who share a common passion creates a unique synergy that is hard to replicate in a job elsewhere, and it is this collective spirit that makes working at Blue Mountain a truly remarkable experience.
The next time you find yourself yearning for an exhilarating adventure or are looking to seek solace in nature, Blue Mountain awaits, no matter the season.