by Cassie Hayden
Ever wonder what our guides do when they aren’t paddling, zipping, climbing, or rafting? What happens when the snow flies and the rivers aren’t running? Most of Zoar’s guides work multiple jobs (some of them all at the same time!), and in the winter, many turn to the slopes: ski slopes, that is. During those cold days from December to March, you might have seen Zoar staff working as lift operators, ski patrol, or snow sports instructors at any local mountains from Berkshire East to Mount Snow and Okemo. Some are more migratory animals: at least four members of the Zoar staff travel out to Big Sky, Montana for winter employment, and are just now returning to New England for the spring. So next time you’re out carving up the slopes during the spring skiing, keep a look out: you might see some familiar faces under those goggles and a kayak on the rack next to someone's skis.