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Calling all angels

Run and tell all of the Angels — this could take all night …

I never got around to asking whether the Heavenly Angels adopted the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” as an anthem, but it’s an apt title, and it contains a line that emphasizes the fact that being an Angel isn’t a 9-to-5 job: It might start with skiing or snowboarding; it might end giving away free promotional stuff and interacting with the crowd at the Riva Grill, Vex or Cabo Wabo.

“Everybody wants to talk to us,” said Brandy Spencer, an Angel from Dallas.



There might even be time left over to do the mundane tasks we think of as the provinces for non-Angels: shoveling out the mailbox or doing yoga. But the ladies who promote Heavenly Mountain Resort on the snow and at the clubs can handle far more than that job: Spencer is an assistant retail manager; Britta Nauta is a graphic artist as well as a professional ski instructor; Tiara Wasner is a freelance publicist and sales assistant; Mallory Primm cooks at a well-thought-of South Shore restaurant; and Kelly Huck is an honest-to-gosh scientist.

“We all have our own tastes and our own different things,” Spencer said.



The Angels’ manager agreed: “I’m so stoked on the girls we got this year,” said Ashlee Francis, marketing coordinator for Heavenly Mountain Resort. “They’re so fun.”

The job might take an Angel to an event like the Reno/Tahoe Wine and Food Festival, a ski industry show or even an event like Esurance’s Icer Air big-air contest at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

There are two certainties: You probably should ski or ride. And you will definitely get hit on.

“Even today, we weren’t even in our boots and outfits, we were just six girls together, and we got hit on,” Huck said on a recent day riding Heavenly with Lake Tahoe Action.

It’s not such a bad thing, though, according to Nauta: “I get a lot of woos from the chair. I like that.”

If all of this suggests that this isn’t the usual behind-the-desk PR position or even the average ski job. The Angels trace their current incarnation back about five years to Francis and Huck, both South Tahoe High School alumnae.

Heavenly looks for Angels who are fun and approachable. Normally, the Angels have recruited underground. This year, there were ads for openings for like promotions representatives; some figured out that that was a way into the Angels.

And the Angels do indeed fly.

“I think it’s the powder days that remind us why we’re all here,” Wasner said.


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