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Tyler Barnes and T.J. Moloney receive prestigious leadership awards

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Tyler Barnes receives prestigious FGD Leadership Award at Mt. Hood Meadows recognition dinner Pictured: V.P. Resort Operations Jeremy Riss, C.O.O. Jake Bolland, Barnes, C.E.O. Matthew Drake

Ski and Snowboard School Training Manger Tyler Barnes and Terrain Park Manager T.J. Moloney were honored Thursday evening nominated by their peers for their achievements this past season.

Barnes received the Franklin G. Drake leadership award recognizing “The Manager or Director who has made significant contribution for the greater good of the company.” Barnes spearheaded Meadows enhanced learning terrain program that accelerates the learning “carve” for beginners by increasing the fun level. He was credited by team mates for his willingness to pitch in and assist in getting ski check open, organizing lift lines, shoveling snow and increasing the stoke on the mountain. Barnes said he first started working on the mountain washing the north lodge windows - “The perfect job as I saw that incredible view of the mountain while washing!”

V.P. of Operations Jeremy Riss said, “There was clear personal investment from Tyler this season to make our learning terrain features a success. He helped design the features, pulled night shifts with Garret in the cat when features were being built and helped to personally ensure fencing and signage was consistently up on time and presentation was professional.”

Barnes also initiated the Vista Experience this spring, allowing beginner level skiers and snowboarders to ride the Vista Express to get inspiring panoramic views they can’t see from the lower mountain. He shared the credit with all the departments working together to create an awesome experience for our guests.

T.J. Moloney receives the prestigious President's Award at Mt. Hood Meadows annual recognition dinnerPictured: C.E.O. Matthew Drake, V.P. Mountain Operations Steve Warila, Moloney, C.O.O. Jake Bolland

Moloney received the President’s Award “For the Manager or Director who has exhibited superior performance in their department.” Meadows Parks was rated sixth in North America this year by a Snowboard Magazine pole, and was second only to Whistler in the west, a significant achievement. Riss noted that while providing awesome features for our park community has been a huge success, "Equally as successful has been his focus on creating learning terrain features for our beginners and maintaining excellent quality in our beginner parks. TJ’s efforts along with a strong effort from our entire company has helped us create what I believe is easily the best beginner experience in Oregon if not in our entire Northwest region."

T.J. and his team were also recognized by competitors for designing and building one of the most spectacular freestyle venues ever - the speed and style course for this year's reVEGETATE event in April. 

Meadows CEO Matthew Drake commended Moloney for his drive, innovation and energy for taking Meadows parks to another level, which exemplifies the award. Moloney credited the support his team receives throughout the season from all the departments working together for his team to go out there and make it happen, saying “It’s a team effort through and through.” 

The awards were presented Thursday evening at the annual awards and recognition dinner.