Scott Eaton grew up in Western New York and spent a lot of time on the slopes of Holiday Valley. During that time he grew a passion for the outdoor industry that eventually took him westward, to the mountains of Colorado. After living there for nearly ten years and working at Copper Mountain as a key part of their Sales team, he made the decision last fall to return to his roots and return to Ellicottville to take on the role of the Sales Director at Holiday Valley.
1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less?
How would I describe myself? Hard-working, Alpha male. Jackhammer. Merciless. Insatiable (and apparently a big fan of Dwight from The Office).
2. How long have you been part of the Holiday Valley team and what is your job here?
I started working for Holiday valley in September as the new sales director. I previously spent the last 10 years in Colorado working for other ski resorts and decided I was ready to move back east.
3. What is your favorite part of the winter season?
Fresh snow and the crisp air
4. What is it about your job that gets you excited to come to work every day?
Getting to talk about skiing all day and getting other people excited to get out on the slopes.
5. Sunny bluebird day or powder day?
Powder days are the best, but do enjoy the sunny spring days.
6. When you’re not at work, how are you spending your time in the winter?
Getting out on the slopes or hanging out with my dog.
7. Day skiing/riding or night? Why?
Day skiing for sure. Fresh corduroy or powder and hopefully sunshine.
8. Best music to listen to after a day on the slopes?
Wherever there is live music.
9. Your favorite place to eat in Ellicottville is…?
West Rose, both the main restaurant and the upstairs noodle bar are excellent.
10. What’s your best Holiday Valley memory?
I was in ski club throughout high school and getting to come down on the bus with all my friends was always a highlight of the week. There were times where we would spend the whole night hiking the rail park trying to learn new tricks.
11. Favorite slope? Why?
Mardi Gras, it’s nice and wide open to lay down some nice carves plus there usually some fun side hits and the rail park. Beyond that I enjoy all of the black diamond slopes.
12. How many days of riding are you aiming to get this season?
I try to get out at least twice a week so hoping to get to 40-50 days.
13. What’s one thing about Holiday Valley that everyone should know?
We have terrain for every ability level and strive to give our guests the best experience possible.