Steamboat Springs When you grow up in West Chester, Pa., the snow isn’t typically abundant or great. But when it came, Dave Reilly and his friends would take advantage of it.
“I’ve always been in the snowboard and skateboard scene,” Reilly said this week. “As I grew up, I wanted to figure out a way to make money doing it.”
Reilly recently was named Steamboat Ski Area's newest terrain park manager. He takes over for Nick Roma, who left for Arizona to pursue a career as a golf pro.
Reilly moved to Steamboat in 2006 to go to school at Colorado Mountain College. He started working in the terrain park in 2007, each year growing his responsibilities.
“When I saw Nick was leaving, I wanted to get into that spot and start moving forward,” he said. “It was big within our park crew that we felt we should keep it in house instead of someone new into the program.”
During the past few years, he has helped build and design the Lil’ Rodeo, Rabbit Ears and the Bashor terrain parks on Mount Werner. This past season primarily was spent grooming the terrain parks.
He also has helped with downtown rail jams and half-pipe competitions as well as various Hold-Shot Tour and USASA snowboard cross and freestyle events.
“I think Dave’s been doing a great job with us for a number of years,” said Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. “It just made sense when Nick decided to move on. We promoted from within, which is a nice thing. He’s someone that knows our business and can pick up where Nick left off.”
Reilly will be responsible for managing guest services, developing features and implementing the ski area’s ParkWise safety initiative.
Reilly said there won’t be any sweeping changes to the resort's four terrain parks, which include the Lil’ Rodeo, Rabbit Ears and Bashor parks as well as the Sunbeam snowcross course. He said the biggest change will be expanding Rabbit Ears farther down Giggle Gulch. The expansion will double the size of the Rabbit Ears park.
“I always envisioned and saw that,” he said. “It really came from traffic patterns and wanting to expand that area.”
Reilly currently is working on rails and features leading up to the ski area’s Nov. 21 opening. He said he is excited for the new position, and he’s stoked to see where it can go.
“When I first came, the terrain park wasn’t anything like it is now,” he said. “I’ve spent time building with this resort and within this resort. This is my home and where I live. I like Steamboat a lot. It will really let me achieve the goal that I’ve always pictured Steamboat getting to.”
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