One very important thing that makes Gore a special place is our staff. From lifts to patrol and every department in between, there are many friendly faces out there making sure you have the best day ever. It’s a little family here at the mountain and we love to share it with you. Get to know one of our awesome fam members: Tammy Bukovinsky.
What is your position here at Gore? Have you held any other positions during your time here?
I am the Lift Operations Supervisor. (The first woman to hold this title here.) I started out as a ticket checker then proceeded to work the top and bottom of all of our lifts.
How long have you worked at Gore?
I started in 1985-86 season. I took a short break from 1986 – 1989 to live in San Diego while my husband was in the Navy but when we returned home, I started back at the mountain. So all in all, about 31 years.
What does a typical day look like on the job?
I get to work by 7:00 am. I check in all lift operators as they get here each morning. If someone doesn’t show up, I need to be able to shift my employees around to make the schedule work. This can be difficult considering I have employees ranging in age from 18 to mid-70s and not everyone can work at all lifts. Also, 75% of our lift staff is part time. Once the schedule is filled and everyone has gone to their lifts, I answer the phone as each lift opens. Once everything is open, I work on schedules for the rest of the week.
What’s one thing about the job that you’d want people to know?
The most important thing about my job is managing people. I oversee 103 lift employees across 14 lifts. I need to make sure I can accommodate each employee by scheduling when they can work, where they can work and who they work with.
What do you like about working at Gore?
I like working at Gore because it’s like my second home. I see my coworkers and friends every day, meet new people and have a HUGE back yard that everyone wants to play on! 😊
What do you think sets Gore apart from other ski areas?
Gore stands apart from other mountains because of its versatility and family-oriented trails. Also, we have the best snowmaking, best grooming and friendliest staff.
Describe your most memorable moment here at the mountain.
I have a few, but I would say watching my son and daughter get married at the top of Bear Mountain would be my most memorable.
Do you ski or snowboard? If so, what is your favorite trail and why?
I ski, but haven’t since the Northwoods Gondola was put in. When I did ski, Sleeping Bear was one of my favorites. Not many people ski the North Side, it’s the best kept secret.
What do like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family especially the grandkids.
Top 5 favorite movies?
Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump, Driving Miss Daisy, Patch Adams and Practical Magic.
2 weeks in Puerto Rico or Costa Rica.
Any hidden talents?
I quilt and cross stitch.
If you had to describe Gore in one sentence, what would it be?
Gore Mountain is the mountain that makes you feel welcome, like family!