Mad River Glen first cranked up its now famous Single Chair on December 11, 1948. Roland Palmedo, the founder and an original investor at Stowe, envisioned a ski area where sport not profit would be the overriding concern. Roland believed that " …a ski area is not just a place of business, a mountain amusement park, as it were.


As a two-time host to the Winter Olympics, Lake Placid made its name as the winter sports capital of the world. But this mountain village is much more than just a venue for athletic achievement. It's a thriving Adirondack community of some 3,000 year-round residents.


On December 25, 1958 Damon and Sara Gadd and their partner, Jack Murphy, opened Sugarbush. Lixi Fortna, hired to help run the mountain, shared duties with Damon, Sara and Jack from ticket selling to tending bar, the four worked long hours by candlelight. Lift tickets were just $5.50. Damon and Sara brought well-known figures to work for the resort, such as Peter Estin, Sigi Buchmayr, and Stein Eriksen.


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