Mountains need to cooperate for success
Mar 21, 2013 | 1798 views | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To The Editor,

Mount Snow claims to be the “close to home” mountain, yet the recent news that employees of The Hermitage, “Haystack,” and their associated businesses are no longer welcome to work or volunteer at Mount Snow is a direct hit to those who call the Deerfield Valley home. As a local employee of both establishments, I am at odds with Mount Snow’s business decision to “protect their best interests” and cut ties.

As a young professional looking to participate and enhance the year-round economy of this small local community, I am offended by this memo. It is contradictory to every effort within this town to support the social and economic development of the valley. The goal is to create more job opportunities to increase the community of members.

With the new policy starting as of April 21st, Mount Snow has quickly undermined the economic progress of the last 10 years.

The economy of the Deerfield Valley is highly based on seasonal resort work, and the relationships between locals and businesses. It is far from an easy feat to make a living, especially year-round, yet most people juggle multiple jobs in order to survive. The cooperation of both ski mountains is essential to the livelihood of the members of the community. The ability to sustain a living here is too hastily being taken away by Mount Snow.

The growth of The Hermitage into the Hermitage Club may be a conflict of interest for the executives of Mount Snow, but for the people who make this valley possible, who care to make it an enjoyable place to live and visit, it is an opportunity to build and support our home. I fail to comprehend how working, or better yet volunteering, at either establishment would be a conflict of interest for this valley.

Courtney Perkins

Dover
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April 05, 2013
So basically youre mad because you wont be able to ski at both mountains anymore, the loophole is closing. There are very very few people who make a living by working at BOTH mountains. Wake up, people!!!!!!!! Most people work at one and volunteer at the other, so they can ski both. last time i checked you dont make a living volunteering. Yes its a morally good thing to do, but come on. Lets be honest about why people are upset over this.
cantwejustgetalong
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March 24, 2013
Well done Courtney, you hit the nail on the head.

Hopefully the management team at Mt Snow will not be stubborn and reverse this policy. It makes no sense to anyone!

They are really going to have big black eye!

Mr Moustache