ACE Adventure Resort is open year round, and we average 40 year-round employees who keep the place going.
Even in the winter we have cabins to clean, buildings and vehicles to repair and new projects to undertake, like our newly expanded beach and remodeled women’s shower house.
But that’s a far cry from the 350-some employees we have “in season.”
Although ACE has been running trips since March, it’s late April to early May when things really get going.
By mid-April, our seasonal guides start to trickle back in. Many are returning to ACE after a winter working as ski instructors at our local ski resorts or working at other seasonal jobs in various parts of the country.
As wonderful as it is being part of the hustle and bustle that is ACE “in season,” I’m usually ready for some quiet time by the end of October. OK, I know the grass is always greener on the other side — by the end of March, I’m ready for the hustle and bustle to begin again, and part of the fun is the arrival of our guide staff.
It’s a time of friends seeing each other again for the first time in months, a time of hugs and laughs and lots of catching up on what’s been going on.
Our “nomads” start setting up their summertime homes at ACE. Most live in tents or campers, and there are some great converted school buses.
There’s lots of laughing and joking and late nights just hanging out at the Lost Paddle Lounge. This year is extra-special because of ACE’s 30th birthday.
It’s like a big family reunion at times, and after the long, cold winter we just had, I’m ready!
If you’ve ever visited us at ACE — or maybe if you even worked here at one time — we hope you’ll come visit again this year.
You could help us remember: How have things changed? What do you remember about your time at the resort? Have we improved as we’ve aged?