Meet Alex Kroll

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Alex first learned to ski at age 3. Yep, 3. However, when the great snowboard revolution of 1996 hit he was 12 and dropped two planks for one. However, as of last season, Alex has switched back over and is proud to say this season is his crowning achievement: he is a better skier now than he ever was before.

In addition to saving lives and keeping the mountain safe, Alex graduated last May with a master’s degree in anthropology, with his focus on cultural resource management. When the snow melts he works for Idaho Power as an archeologist; while in college, he worked on Mayan ruins and studied the Oregon Trail in Wyoming. He also enjoys puzzles in his free time, finishing a thousand-piece puzzle this last summer.

Asked what he wants to be doing when he grows up, Alex says he’s already doing it.

Some of Alex’s hobbies include gardening, pickling and beekeeping. He wants to expand his beehives to more than just one hive, and work more with the honey and the wax that the hives produce. Alex has a bucket list that stretches long and far, but high on his list is dog mushing. He also wants to learn to do more with pickling. A lot more. He and his lady friend, Kelly French, would like to open a pickling business called “Arnolopes Pickles” where they would grow lots of vegetables and experiment with pickling each.

In addition to his bees, Alex is the proud parent of a dog named Arnold (also called Arnie, Arnes McGarnes and many other nicknames starting with Arnold), who is described as the reincarnation of Danny DeVito in a little-dog form with a gigantic head and miniature body. Adding to his oddly adorable family is a Chiweenie Pug puppy named Jalapeño Popper.

Unfortunately for the mountain, Discovery is losing this outstanding and unique citizen as he is going down under! Alex moves to Australia in December to lead archeological surveys related to the mining boom in Western Australia. He claims he is incredibly excited to start this new unknown chapter of his life, though he loves the community that skis at Discovery — especially the folks who work with the school kids from rural Montana towns. When you talk with Alex you’ll hear him talk about the need for mom-and-pop ski hills and his fear they are a vanishing breed, a future archeological moment.

He says he feels honored to have worked for Discovery; we say we gained by working with him.