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Mad River Valley has soul

01/31/2008

To The Editor:

I did something stupid the other day. Did you ever run on empty for a while, wondering how far you could push it? I found my car's limit and ran out of gas in the Mount Ellen five-minute parking/unloading space on opening day. Opening day, December 21, and already a line 100 deep at the base lift waiting excitedly for the most pre-Christmas snow in recent memory.

Sheepishly, I approached the first Sugarbush employee I say, a guy in a black jacket hauling around some signs. What a break. The guy in the black jacket was Dan, a VP of Operations, who proceeded to tease me along the lines of only someone from Pennsylvania could be this bone-headed. In a male-bonding sort of way, he made me feel better, and then proceeded to solve my problem by arranging for a gallon of gas from maintenance. Now, as VP of Operations on opening day, Dan probably had 100 other problems/responsibilities to take care of at that particular moment in time, yet he was able to solve my problem and send me on the way to a great ski day.

I've skied a lot of places, but I keep coming back to Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley. They both have soul. Thanks, Dan.

Robert Barclay

Huntington, PA

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