Photo of Alum Jon Albright


Graduation Year: 1989

Degree: AA Rural Resource Management

Current Hometown: Methow Valley; Washington

Employment: Trails Manager for Methow Trails

Can you tell us about the work you are doing now?

Photo of Jon Albright and with his family

I’m the trails manager for this tiny non profit organization that runs the largest nordic trail system in North America. We groom 200 Kilometers of trails for skate and classic skiing. I spend my days maintaining trails, building new trail, field checking trails (on bike or skis) and working with volunteers to put on events on the trails. Great area and great people to work with, I really don’t see why you all aren’t coming to visit me.

How did Sterling influence your current career path?:

Sterling’s emphasis on hard work, love of rural places, enjoyment of working with chainsaws and being outdoors enjoying the environment all played into my path. Community is also a central value here in the Methow and certainly was at Sterling.

What is your most memorable Bounder/Expedition memory:

Huddled under a visqueen tarp while it was snowing so hard the tarp collapsed several times during the night, laughing with tarp-mates at the predicament and thinking it really mattered in the long run.

Any words of wisdom for the current Sterling generation?

Laugh with others and learn to work with your hands. There’s a big world beyond Sterling but it’s a very special place; value your time.

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