One autumn day a few years ago Pontus Carlsson stumbled on a small ski slope outside of Stockholm, Sweden, his hometown. Get out of town for a day. Retreat from the mundane torpor of working the nine to five life for a nonprofit business. The job there came after a stint in television production and, before that, recruiting into a human resources firm – a job his human resources degree gave him.
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation: Manager, Mountain Outfitters (Panorama Mountain Resort)
Arrival in Columbia Valley: December 2014
Hobbies: Golf (109 games played 2020), mountain biking
Fatal was this trip to the ski resort. A manager of a ski rental shop came out just as Pontus was passing by and asked if he would like a job. Plainly, Pontus said yes. Taking on this job was the first step Pontus took in reorganizing life on his terms. “That’s what got me started on my path,” he said. For the next two years, Pontus cut his teeth working in this store. “This job made me realize that being a part of the ski world could be more than just a hobby.”
But after two years, he was still up for something new. “I had dreamed of coming back to Canada to be part of its ski industry. His first skiing experience in Canada was a winter spent as an avid ski enthusiast in Whistler. A winter in Whistler, the root of his dream of Canadian skiing. “It was when Whistler was before the Olympics, before Vail, before all that. Amazing experience. ”Pontus started looking for jobs in Canada.
Soon Pontus found a company that started his business by creating people with working holiday visas around the world. Thanks to this company, Pontus was directed to a job fair. At this career fair, he met Adam Hopper, a representative of a ski resort in the interior of British Columbia called Panorama Mountain Resort. “I told Adam I wanted to work with skis and learn everything there was to know about their tuning and so on.” It was then that Pontus heard for the first time about a burly old Swiss who had been doing it for some time at Panorama. His name is Peter Lustenburger. A worthy teacher, they told Pontus.
A few weeks later, Panorama came back to him. You are engaged. “There were ten or twelve of us from Sweden who all got a job at Panorama that winter. They flew together. “We spent a few days in Vancouver, then hopped on a Greyhound heading east.” At six in the morning, the bus entered Golden. The sun was rising and it was the first time that Pontus saw the Rocky Mountains. “I said to myself, damn it is rad!” At Lusti’s (the old name for Mountain Outfitters), Pontus has found exactly his kind of ski shop. “The whole atmosphere, the spirit was special. At Lusti, in Panorama, there was such a tight community. Everyone was there for the same reason: to enjoy the mountains. In 2018, Pontus took over the management of Lusti.