To be able to create the most intricate and compelling works of art from snow, carvers must first be provided high quality blocks of tightly compressed snow. Creating the ten blocks for Carve requires over 300+ tons of pure, clean snow. This immense, three day process would not be possible without Paul Zarubin and Paul Combs of Mt. Lincoln Construction, and Garry Morgan, Tom Davis and Matt Reeder, Northstar California’s incredible Snow Making and Resort Operations Team. This crew works non-stop for three days round the clock creating the blocks, while managing one of the most visited resort destinations in the country.
To create the blocks, the first ingredient is the beautiful, white snow from Northstar California’s state of the art snow making system. Once the snow is blown, it is transported to the carving site and blown into 10x10x12 foot forms. The snow is then blown into the forms in 3 foot increments. Volunteers climb into the forms and ‘stomp’ the snow into as compressed a form as possible. Another three feet is blown in, and again the snow is stomped. This process goes on until the block is complete. If the snow is not tightly compressed, when a sculpture is exposed to the sun or warmth, it will list. If the block is exposed to heat then cold prior to carving, it will ‘turn bad’ and icy. In its inaugural year, the Carve block building team created blocks that were worthy of international competitors.
Paul Zarubin is the President of Mt. Lincoln Construction, Inc. (http://www.mtlincoln.com/). Paul was born and raised in San Francisco. Through scouting he developed a love for the mountains, and in 1975, after his service in the Navy, he made the move to Truckee. Paul started working construction in 1977 and had the opportunity to work on landmark projects all around Lake Tahoe. The final project that he worked prior to starting Mt Lincoln Construction, Inc. was the Grand Wailea on Maui. Mt Lincoln Construction, Inc. was founded in 1991. Paul and Mt. Lincoln Construction are well known for bringing artistry and exceptional craftsmanship to every detail of the homes they create. When Paul is not building artistic homes or snow sculptures, he and his wife Lynne love stand-up paddle boarding and cycling. Paul is a 2-time National Super D Champion and currently races for the Northstar/Giant Mountain Bike Team.
A New Zealand native who grew up on a farm, Garry Morgan completed an apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering before starting his career at Northstar 27 years ago. Garry has worked in many different positions at Northstar, including Food & Beverage Stock Manager, Grooming and Shop Manager, Director of Base Area Services, Snow Mobile/ATV Tours Manager and Snow Making Manager. Garry enjoys new projects and the challenges that come with them which is a good thing. When faced with securing the 300 tons of snow needed for creating the Carve blocks, Garry did not bat an eye. His unparalleled snow making skills and calm demeanor were integral in figuring out the most efficient way of getting the snow from the ski slopes into the massive forms more than a mile away. Garry is almost a Truckee local where he lives with his wife and two teenaged kids and enjoys the beauty of North Lake Tahoe.
Hailing from San Bernardino, Tom Davis moved to the mountains to pursue his passion of snow and has been with Northstar for the past 18 years. In his current role, Tom oversees daily operations of the Base Area including parking, the Village, snow removal and much more. For the 2014 Carve event, Tom will be moving the snow and helping to build the massive blocks of snow. Tom’s expertise is integral to site layout and event execution. In his free time, Tom volunteers at the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society, rides his Harley and enjoys taking his yellow lab Sport on longs walks along the Truckee River.
Currently the Director of Snow Surfaces at Northstar California Resort, Matt Reeder brings more than 35 years of snowmaking experience at some of the most prestigious resorts across the country to Carve Tahoe. After earning a degree in marketing, Matt followed his passion to the mountains and began his career in the ski industry at Hunter Mountain in New York. He quickly developed acumen for snowmaking and worked his way up at Mount Snow in Vermont, Aspen Skiing Company in Colorado, and The Canyons, Utah, where he served as the Director of Slope Maintenance. In addition to overseeing the snow surface at the resort, Matt was responsible for the organization of the logistics and transportation needs for NBC’s today Show and Nightly News during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Prior to joining the Northstar California team, Matt also served as the Director of Mountain Operations at both the Yellowstone Club and Spanish Peaks Resort in Montana, and has made snow in locations including Central Park and Shea Stadium.
Anyone who enjoys snow as much as Greg fits naturally into the art of snow! He has been involved for several years as technical director of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. Building the blocks gives him the ultimate chance to play in the snow! He’s fortunate to be able, with his summer work of painting chair lifts, to be mostly retired in the winter so he can ski, both cross country and downhill nearly every day if he chooses to. In addition to owning and operating High Country Coatings, he’s also a General Contractor and has built and remodeled homes in the area. Greg’s summer activities include hiking and riding his road bike, attending outdoor concerts and town events. He also likes to cook and enjoy wine. His strawberry rhubarb pie is a summer hit. Rhubarb grows great in his garden at 10,600 feet! He loves wildlife and his Akbash dog Yeti, who he found on the side of the road a year ago, abandoned by sheep herders. He is very much looking forward to Carve Tahoe, skiing Northstar and making new friends this February.