When 18-year-old Jazlyn Oaks talks about going to work at Lustis Cappuccino Bar and Ski Rentals retail store at Panorama Mountain Resort, she thinks about family.
When Jazlyn began working for Peter (a.k.a. Lusti) Lustenberger at the age of 15, she promptly realized that a vault of memories surfaced for her parents.
Jazlyn and her brother Jared are their familys third generation to start a career at the communitys favourite ski resort. Their parents, Renice and David Oaks, have both spent a significant amount of time working at Panorama in various positions, but the common theme is that each family member has worked at Lustis Ski Shop and Cappuccino Bar as well.
Its like a family up there, Jazlyn said about going to work at Lustis full-time this winter. Jared works there part-time on the weekends and holidays. I also like to go skiing with my parents as much as I can, too. Ive been going there (to Lustis) my whole life, so its pretty cool that I get to know who Im working with.
But the memories date back even further for some.
Renice has memories of visiting her own father (Jazlyns grandfather), Siegfried Hromadnik, while he worked at Panorama Mountain Resort. Mr. Hromadnik began working in the old A-frame day lodge in 1969 and worked there for almost two decades, in addition to five years at the Inn The Beginning (ITB) Lodge.
He ran it for 17 years and then there was a period where the ITB Lodge (adjoined trailers that were used as a temporary lodge for approximately 16 years, from 1980 to 1996) came into play and he had to move over there, said Renice. Then, he ran that until 85.
While visiting Mr. Hromadnik at the ski resort, Renice gradually began to take on more responsibilities and soon started to follow the family in what she later described as tradition.
I spent all my time up there as a kid, explained Renice. There wasnt any daycare and my mom worked up there too. Dad would haul us up there, and wed be under his feet for a while, but as we got bigger and started skiing, we were out of his hair a little bit more.
She began running the cash register at the mere age of eight years old to help out Mr. Hromadnik.
I know there are a few people in the valley who remember me standing on top of milk crates because I couldnt reach the till, said Renice about the day lodge. I think that, overall, I worked in different positions up there for about 27 years, and one of those positions was in the ski shop for Lusti.
Her husband, David, also spent roughly eight years working for Lusti during the winter months.
Panorama has a neat spirit, which attracts families and people from all over, David added. A lot of people seem to come for a year, and stay for a while.
He chuckled about the fact that now their children work for Lusti.
When I first came out here, I didnt expect to have a daughter, said David. At the age of 26, his plan was initially to spend a gap year working in the Rockies.
I was going to take the winter off and came out here (from Ontario) for my buddys wedding on the West Coast, he explained. Then, I thought it would only be one year, maybe two, but I ended up at Panorama for eight years.
I feel very lucky to be up there all the time, explained Jazlyn. Its so nice I know everybody around there, so its a good feeling.
Jazlyn added that the staff at Panorama have become her second family.
Its a bit surreal, replied Renice when asked about Jazlyn working at Lustis this winter. But when our kids became of age to work, Lusti asked us to send them up there for busy weekends and holidays and we did. Now its been about four years for Jazlyn, who is the third generation of our family to work up there.