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By this time, Ross Agre has probably gotten in about 50 days on the slopes this season at Vail. He skis at lunch. He skis on the weekends. And in the off-season, he’s either golfing, hiking, biking, or playing tennis. All of this would be easy to swallow if Agre were a 22-year-old waiting tables and enjoying a year off as a ski bum. But Agre, 35, is the vice president and general counsel of the fourth-largest ski resort owner and operator in North America, Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. The Truckee, California-based company owns and operates such ski resorts as California’s Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe, and New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley. Agre has been with Booth Creek for over two years, working out of its corporate office in Vail, Colorado. His responsibilities include work in transactions, contracts, labor and employment, real estate, and environmental issues. So how did this former Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy project finance associate land such a plum job? When he returned from a two-week ski trip in 2001, he had “skiing on the brain.” Looking for a way to combine his occupation with his favorite sport, he went to the job Web site Monster.com and typed in “ski.” The Booth Creek GC position popped up, he sent his resume in, and the rest is ski-heaven history. Agre’s office door opens out to a trail where he can put on his skis and schuss down to the lifts at the base of Vail. So don’t be too jealous when he calls himself “the luckiest lawyer alive.” What’s your favorite run? The Plunge at Telluride. It’s a steep, fast run. First time skiing: I learned to ski at Vail when I was seven. I was out there with my family. I had to be taken off the hill kicking and screaming every evening. First pair of skis: The first ones I remember are a pair of V�lkl Explosives that I had my sister bring back from Europe when they weren’t that popular in the States. Now I have about six or seven pairs [of skis]. I really like the Dynastar Speed Carves. It’s a great all-around ski and good for fast and big turns. Best skiing memory: Skiing the trees at Lookout Mountain at Northstar [in Tahoe] after a two-foot dump in 2001. It was just one of those epic days. Describe a perfect day of skiing. I ski with a group of five to seven guys. A perfect day starts with meeting them for breakfast at 8:30. We’re on the lifts by 9:30, skiing in a couple of feet of powder as we work our way around the mountain and in the back bowls. Then we end the day with a few cocktails at Garfinkel’s [a bar in Vail]. Favorite ski movie: Most are pretty cheesy. I’d have to say Downhill Racer with Robert Redford. Pet peeve (skiing-related): Partly because I’m a lawyer, I can’t stand the out-of-control and inconsiderate snowboarders and skiers. That’s why it’s fun to ski at Vail Mountain [a non-Booth Creek resort], because I’m not thinking about liability issues. How do you have time to ski? I work with a group of incredible people who all maintain flexible schedules. I manage my own department, so I’m able to get out fairly often during the week. Before I got engaged, I didn’t have anyone to go home to. So I skied a bit during the day and went home later in the evening. Were you ever a ski bum? Nope. I had wanted to [be one] before I went to law school. I proposed the idea to my college roommate, but I couldn’t convince him to go. Do you get to cut the lift lines? No.

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