Employee Spotlight: Chris Sorenson
Meet Christopher Sorensen, a witty Tulsa, Oklahoma native who after spending ten years at Keystone, is now the Senior Manager for Guest Service and Lift Access here at Breckenridge. Learn more about Christopher’s dedication to the mountain, how he got here from Oklahoma, and his passion for hard work and for play in this Employee Spotlight.
What is your job title and time in this position:
I’ve been Sr. Manager Guest Service & Lift Access for a year and five months. I was at Keystone for ten and a half years before coming over to Breckenridge. I worked as a Scanner at Keystone and then worked my way up to Night Operations Manager. After five years of doing that I was lucky enough to be offered my current position here at Breck.
Describe your position:
As the Sr. Manager for Guest Service and Lift Access I have the privilege of really trying to make our resort the best it can be. Scanning agents have contact with every guest that comes to Breckenridge and wants to ski or snowboard, so making sure that department is giving exceptional guest service and information is very important to me. With Guest Service we have a large number of volunteers that help inform guests that might not know where to ski, eat, how to get somewhere and we work hard at answering all their questions and making them feel welcome and appreciated. I also Manager Epic Photo which is great to be able to capture a photo of a family or guest that has never been to Breck, which they can share on social media or purchase and print for their fridge or desk back home. I am lucky that I get to work with amazing employees that are from all over the world and share my passion for the mountain and town of Breckenridge. I love talking to people and finding out where they are from and in my role I get to do this all day long!
What brought you to Summit County?
I was working in a closet programming phone switches back in Tulsa, OK and saw an ad in our local newspaper that had a snowboarder catching air and read: “Want to get paid to play?” So I went down for an interview in my business attire and was offered a lift operations job immediately. I never looked back and have called Summit County my home for almost twelve years.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to meet all the folks that come to where I live and work for vacation. I also really enjoy working for my boss, he challenges me and motivates me to create a changing culture, which I love.
What is your favorite run at Breck?
Magic Carpet off Peak 7
What do you do on your days off?
I run, visit other resorts, compete in Spartan Races around the US, spend time with my beautiful wife, and play with my dog, Kiya.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have a few things but I think the one most people are surprised to find out is I was one of the “Most Eligible Bachelors” in Cosmopolitans Magazine back in 2004. I also placed 19th in the Elite heat last year at the Spartan World Championships in Squaw. I am also running for town council of Frisco.
What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground Beef.