Lift Line: Meet a Lift Supervisor

Dollar Mountain Lift Supervisor Julian Tyo.

Dollar Mountain’s Julian Tyo

By Katie Matteson

Julian Tyo loves his job. He gets to hang out on Dollar with park rats and ski-teamers in the winter and move dirt around and ride bikes in the summer. As the Dollar Lift Supervisor for the past two years and a member of the talented Trail Crew in the summer, Julian has been an integral part of some of the "reinvention" of the Original Ski Town. He has seen the terrain parks and half-pipe move to Dollar, creating a mountain filled with thrills for kids and skiers of all ages. He has seen (and helped create) one of the most epic mountain bike courses ever at the National Mountain Bike Championships, held here in Sun Valley last summer. He is an avid telemark skier, one of the Co-Directors of Sun Valley Tele (the longest running tele series in the country), a member of the newly formed Marketing Alliance’s Event Committee and a guy that loves where he lives, works and plays.

 First Run in the A.M.?

Upper College to Flying Squirrel to Warm Springs. Because it fits like an old glove.

Last Run of the Day?

I try not to call such things.

 Best Run on Baldy?

It’s a tie between Limelight and Greyhawk.

 Favorite Lunch Spot?

Kobe Sliders at the Sun Valley Clubhouse.

 First Memory on Skis?

Classic Nordic skis at Mt. Hood with my parents. In my memory, the day went something like this: Dad throwing me in the snow, dad and his friends getting "lost," mom and dad arguing about getting "lost" and burgers at a funky diner in Sandy. I’m fairly certain I had a vanilla milkshake.

 Who First Got You on Downhill Skis?

My five-day foray into snowboarding not withstanding, my fianc first got me on downhill skis at the age of 20 on Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon. Having taken her on a downhill trail for her first time mountain biking, her idea of a good first ski day for me involved one run down the bunny hill followed by a bump run. To this day, she still hates mountain biking and I still hate bumps. My second day skiing was five years ago when she took me to the top of Baldy–tough love!

Favorite Memory on Skis?

Skiing Limelight and Rock Garden on Baldy, Christmas Day 2008, right after the two-foot storm.

 Favorite Off-Mountain Activity?

Summertime putt-putt at the SV Clubhouse.

 Do you have a skiing/boarding obsession (something you couldn’t live without)?

My one piece.

 Why Sun Valley–what do you love about it?

Sun Valley is where I rediscovered myself, fell in love again and where I want to be for the rest of my life. The mountain biking isn’t bad either.

What is Your Passion?

Helping groups succeed and moving dirt. Or is it helping groups succeed at moving dirt? Both for that matter.

What’s your job on the mountain?

This is my second season as the Dollar Mountain Lift Supervisor in the winter, and in the summer I work for the Trail Crew on Bald Mountain.

 How did you get it?

I worked at Pete Lane’s  for three great seasons in the bike shop and the River Run Ski Shop, but ultimately wanted to work outside with the Mountain Department. A friend told me about the position on Dollar and I got hired after a long interview process, starting with the Trail Crew later that year.

 What’s the Best Part about your job?

In the winter I love being a part of the dynamic energy at Dollar–the kids, the terrain parks, the beginner skiers, the adaptive programs, the race teams and the tubing hill. In the summer I love being out on the mountain doing honest work and am honored to have a role in developing lift-accessed mountain biking on Bald Mountain.