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Merritt's Way - Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

Thursday, July 11, 2013

In the middle of last week's celebrations and events, the Sugarbush community was rocked with some tough news. One of our rising stars, Merritt Levitan was taken from us in a tragic accident in rural Arkansas during a summer camp cross-continent bike ride.

Lincoln Peak 4th of July fireworks.
Lincoln Peak 4th of July fireworks.
 

From her obituary, "Merritt had a special place in her heart for Sugarbush in Warren, Vermont where she skied each winter for the past eleven years and was a coach in Sugarbush’s weekend youth ski program, Blazers, for the past four years, mentoring and coaching young skiers from 6-8 years old to learn to love and become passionate about the sport she cherished beyond all else. Merritt was an adventurous, brave, compassionate, thoughtful and remarkable young person who touched many people in her 18 years. She was known by her peers as a leader and considered to be wise beyond her years and as a close friend of the family shared recently, an evolved soul."

Thank you Merritt!

Please contribute to Merritt's Way Fund, which will help support Blazer scholarships for deserving kids.

The Levitan family was in the Valley over the weekend and it was very inspiring to see their positivity in spite of the painful circumstances. They were already talking about how to best honor Merritt and her love of skiing at Sugarbush. We miss Merritt dearly, and will do our best to share her spirit. 

While we grieved, we also tried to remember Merritt's smile and perserverance. The summer festivities continued ...

Warren 4th of July Parade
Warren 4th of July Parade.

Bridging the Gaps.
Bridging the Gaps with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush.

VT's fastest radio host, Ken Squier!
VT's fastest radio host, Ken Squier.

The World's Most Beautiful Marathon!
The World's Most Beautiful Marathon!

Did we mention the views?
Did we mention the views?

Undercover marathoners.
Undercover marathoners.

Mad Kids Fun Run!
Mad Kids Fun Run.

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps trail work in Fayston.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps trail work in Fayston's Chase Brook Town Forest, with the Mad River Riders, Mad River Path and Catamount Trail.

Enchanted Forest hike.
Enchanted Forest hike.

The sunsets have been incredible.
The sunsets have been incredible.  

We set several rainfall records in the last two months, but it appears that some reprieve is in sight. The near daily flood warnings have subsided, the sun is out and the chance of precip seems to be decreasing significantly. Which means that summer's finest fun is still to come.

Join us for some Green Mountain time soon.

John Atkinson
Chairman, Sugarbush Stoke Exchange

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