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Master of Mt. Zion


March 23, 2023

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Jim VanderSpoel parks the groomer near the base of Mt. Zion Ski Area where he is director of Gogebic Community College's Ski Area Management program. He is putting the finishing touches on his final winter at GCC and will retire in October.


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IRONWOOD - Mt. Zion Ski Area manager and director of Gogebic Community College's Ski Area Management program, Jim VanderSpoel, is preparing for retirement later this year, and with the ski season coming to a close at Mt. Zion, he spoke The Globe about his long career in ski area management and what he has seen change over the years.

VanderSpoel said he felt it was time to bring in some new blood into the program, and that while he is retiring, he still plans to be involved with the area programs, as it is his passion.

"It's just starting to be a bit m...

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