By Courtney DiFiore (with some help from Craig Panarisi, Shannon Greene and Tom Kajah)
It truly is the people of Stratton that make our resort so special. Our employees embrace the Be. culture and all that it entails. Everyone has this need for adventure, to be outdoors and active and they share it with our guests. It’s pretty contagious (in a good way!). I love being a part of the Stratton Family. Below are a few employees that help raise the bar at Stratton daily with all the hard work they do.
If you’ve ever been in The North Face Shop here in the village then you have had the pleasure of meeting one of the nicest, most helpful sales ladies here at Stratton. For those of you that have not made it by the shop then maybe you’ve seen her out on the hill. I have never met a more passionate skier than Jodi; as soon as the season ends she is already counting down the days to the next season’s opening day. When she’s on snow you better look out because Jodi likes to ski hard and fast. Trying to keep up with her is a challenge. Don’t believe me, stop by the shop next time you’re in the village and ask her out on a ski date and see for yourself. Jodi’s just one of the many friendly faces you meet throughout the Village. Stop by and meet them all when you have the change. You won’t be disappointed.
Carolyn is a new face to Stratton this season but fits in like she’s been here for years. The way she interacts with the guests is truly remarkable with greetings that are always accompanied with a smile and good conversation. Carolyn comes to work with a great attitude and picks up on new tasks quickly. She loves interacting with our gusts and is quick to provide suggestions to make their visit more enjoyable. You can find Carolyn inside First Run Ski Shop; however, you could find her off the mountain too as she’s a very busy bee! She works at a nonprofit newspaper in Brattleboro and in the Adirondacks at a whitewater outfitter. Like I said in the beginning, Stratton employees love to be active.
You can find Andie within our reservations department. She’s a hybrid that likes to both ski and snowboard but she’s also big into snowshoeing in the winter with her family. Because Andie likes to get involved and do so many things around the resort she’s able to speak to the large number of activities Stratton offers throughout the year. In the summer Andie likes to practice yoga, go fishing, and spend quality time walking her dog at the snowmaking pond. Andie grew up in Stratton’s race program for 10 years. She then coached for 3 seasons and held various other positions around the resort. Andie loves the area so much and all it has to offer that she just keeps coming back. She loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with anyone who will listen. She’s an avid member of the Ski Club which allows her to help with volunteering and she’s also captain of team “I Want Candy” in the Southern CT Arthritis Walk and has been for the past 3 years. We love sharing the stories of our employees because they have so much to offer. You can always expect a friendly smile and good conversation with Andie.
Paul is a Stratton veteran for sure. His 18 year career is a classic Stratton story. Paul started at Stratton as a gondola attendant for 4 seasons, then became a Lift Lead and later, Lift Supervisor. Paul continued up the latter and now finds himself in the position of Mountain Manager. Growing up, Paul was taught hard work and dedication from his father Bill, a Nassau County, NY police officer. Forty years later, Paul still resides in Shaftsbury with his wife Kelly of 25 years (side note: Kelly also works at Stratton as our Childcare Manager). Together, they both embrace the sense of community we are proud of at Stratton. Paul is also a thirty year member of the Shaftsbury Fire Department, enjoys fishing, spending time with friends and sitting on the beach with something cold in his hand (and I’m not talking about a snowball).
Next time you see Paul around the resort, or any of our wonderful employees, be sure to stop them and say a quick “thanks” for their dedication and hard work.
Thank you Stratton employees. We hope to keep growing this tight-knit family of ours! And a special welcome to those new hires. Don’t miss out on all the fun activities we have planned this week– check the intranet!