Charlie Murphy - Epic Promise Grant Recipient
Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise Foundation is committed to its resort communities by offering annual educational scholarships for the children of its employees. The students receiving these scholarships have demonstrated academic achievement, prioritized community service, and shown leadership in extracurricular activities. This year, the EpicPromise Foundation is honored to award 40 multi-year scholarships, committing $300,000 over four years.
Get to know Charlie, one of this year’s EpicPromise grant recipients:
Where do you go to school?
I graduated from Hunter-Tannersville in 2017 and now attend Alfred University, a small university in western New York, and am going into my senior year.
What is your major?
I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and have minors in Renewable Energy Engineering and Business Administration.
Ski or Snowboard?
Ski!! I have tried snowboarding but found that skiing was a much better fit.
How long have you been skiing?
My first time on skis was in what is now Hunter East when I was three years old, so if you count that this was my 17th season. I have been a ski instructor for six years and love passing my passion on to others.
What is your favorite trail?
My favorite has to be Claire’s Way. It always presents different challenges depending on the snow conditions and weather. I love that one trail can offer so much.
What do you love about being on the mountain?
I love talking with people on the lift. You never know who you are going to end up sitting next to while being whisked up the hill for your next run. That and being able to enjoy the beautiful place I call home.
What do your parents do here at Hunter?
My mother, Terri works in the administrative office and my father, John is the Manager of Building Maintenance.
What is your go-to run on a powder day?
I love getting first tracks on Hellgate, Broadway, and Kennedy. Broadway is always a lot of fun after a snowstorm because it is so wide, so it takes a while for all the fresh snow to get skied on.
When did you learn about the Epic Promise scholarship?
I learned about the EpicPromise scholarship shortly after Hunter joined the Vail Resorts family. My mother had learned about it from a supervisor and passed it along to me.
What are your plans for once you graduate?
After graduating with my BS in Mechanical Engineering I plan to stay at Alfred University for another year to obtain an MBA. After that I plan to work in industrial design but am still narrowing down a specific industry that I would like to work in.
If You Could Ask Advice From Any Historical Figure, Who Would It Be? What Would You Ask Them?
I would love to ask Alexander Graham Bell what he thinks of what has become of the telephone. The fact that what started out as what now seems such a simple invention has evolved into such an integral part of so many people’s lives is really fascinating and would make for a very interesting conversation.
If You Had A Theme Song, What Would It Be?
One of my favorite songs is "Made in America" by Toby Keith and I think that it would be a very fitting theme song for me.
On that note, you play the bagpipes, how did you get interested in them?
When I was growing up there was an Irish festival at Hunter Mountain every summer that included a bagpipe competition and the “Mass March” where the hundreds of competing pipers and drummers would march down the lower part of the mountain. After seeing this and loving the sound I decided to learn to play when I was seven. I was able to participate in the Mass March multiple times before the discontinuation of the festival.
If You Could Write One New Law That Everyone Had To Obey, What Law Would You Create?
This might be a little far-fetched, but the one law I would create is that people would have to listen to each other and have respect for everyone’s differing opinions. I am a firm believer that your opinions are one of the few things you are entitled to, right next to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that the world would be a much better place if people took the time to listen and try to understand one another.
When You Have 30 Minutes Of Free-Time, How Do You Pass The Time?
Anything I can find to do outside! Whether playing with my dogs, going for a walk, or just getting some fresh air, I love enjoying the Catskills.