After more than 35 years of working at Winter Park Resort, Mary Woolwine will be leaving the resort next week to move to Grass Valley, Calif., in order for her husband, Randy, to accept a new position with Dopplemayr, an Austrian ski-lift manufacturer.
Woolwine, currently the marketing director for the resort, began working for the resort as a ski school instructor in 1976 while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has worked with the resort in a number of different roles before accepting the marketing director position in 2006.
“It’s very exciting but a little scary because I know absolutely no one in Grass Valley,” Woolwine said.
Woolwine commented that she will miss all of the friends she has made in the Fraser Valley over the years, some she has kept since she began coming to the valley in the 1970s.
“It’s going to be really tough to leave,” she said. “But everyone has been so supportive.”
“They have made it hard for me to leave but have made it easy for me to know I will be ok when I’m there,” she said, adding that she will be keeping in touch with many of the friends she has here.
Grass Valley is about 50 miles from Lake Tahoe ski area so the Woolwines will continue to ski and will have the benefit of escaping the brutally cold winters the Fraser Valley is known for.
The Woolwines are also looking forward to being closer to their son, Spencer, a Middle Park High School graduate like his father, who currently is in his third year of medical school at the University of California, Irvine.
“We will be about an eight hour drive from him,” Woolwine said. “It will be really nice to be closer to Spencer.”
“This place has been the most amazing place to work and to live and I am going to miss everybody,” she said.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334