To create the most intricate and compelling works of art from snow, carvers must first be provided high quality blocks of tightly compressed snow. The first ingredient? The beautiful, white pristine 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.
Creating the nine blocks of snow for Carve requires over 200 tons of pure, clean snow to ensure that each carving team has a perfect block from which they can ‘free’ their sculpture. This immense, three day process would not be possible without Paul Zarubin, Greg Gutzki and Matt Reeder and their dedicated team of Carve block builders.
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. It has been his passion to build custom homes that presented special challenges. When he is not out concurring new challenges in construction, Paul loves to race mountain bikes. He is a 2-time National Super D Champion and currently races for the Northstar/Giant Mountain Bike Team.
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.
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.