Laurentian Ski Hill has found a new manager.
Madison Jamieson, who is from Honeywood, Ontario, moved to North Bay last fall to take on the position of running the local ski hill's Outdoor Operations Department.
Jamieson will take over the role of general manager from Karen Jones.
She first got a feel for the ski industry nearly 20 years ago as a co-op student.
"It was there that I quickly learned this is an industry and an environment I truly love, and could not imagine any other career path for myself," said Jamieson in an email to BayToday.
"I have had the opportunity to work in many roles and departments from attractions, to lift operations, maintenance, on-hill events (summer and winter), snow school, groups, and guest services. I've learned a great deal about this industry from many perspectives and at several different hills in Ontario. When I got offered the position to run the Outdoor Operations last fall I was excited to come up north for the opportunity."
She believes the new opportunity is an indication that her hard work has paid off.
"I couldn’t be more proud to have accepted the General Manager role at Laurentian Ski Hill," she said about the hill with a 350-foot vertical located on the north end of North Bay literally in the middle of a residential area.
"A Thank you isn’t enough for the people who guided me to where I am today. It wouldn’t be possible without all the support and belief in me throughout this journey."
However, Jamieson knows there are challenges ahead as they look to do more than just skiing on the local hill.
"As a non-profit organization, it is always a challenge to ensure we have the adequate resources available to us to provide an enjoyable and successful season for our incredible community," she said.
But she comes in with a great sense of optimism.
"There are so many things that excite me about this amazing hill," she said.
"We have a great team and are located in the heart of a beautiful northern city. Our community is incredible, they are so passionate about skiing and snowboarding, and about Laurentian itself. I am very excited to help this hill reach its full potential all year round."