Sugarbush Ski & Ride School Introduces New Program Staff and Expands Adult Programs


Warren, VT (October 9, 2013)­ – The Sugarbush Ski & Ride School announces the hiring of two new coaches, as well as the expansion of their Adult Programs offerings.

Jill Wilkinson has been appointed to the position of Seasonal and Specialty Programs Manager. Wilkinson will oversee Sugarbush Resort’s seasonal ski and snowboard learning programs, including the Blazer programs for kids.

“For our guests and staff alike, the season-long Blazer programs are a critical and highly visible component of our identity as a ski and ride school,” says Russ Kauff, Director of the Sugarbush Ski & Ride School. “I am confident that Jill is the right person to lead those programs into the future, and that our entire team will benefit from her steady hand, her experience, and her insight.”

Wilkinson arrives at Sugarbush having managed the children’s teaching programs at Whitetail Resort in Mercersberg, Pennsylvania for six seasons. During her time at Whitetail, she was principally responsible for an operational reengineering of children’s programming. The results of that effort included tremendous growth in the size of their programs and significant improvement in guest satisfaction, service standards, and teaching quality. Wilkinson is a PSIA Level III certified instructor and was among the first instructors to obtain a PSIA Children’s Specialist 2 qualification when the national standard was introduced.

In addition to Wilkinson joining the team, Joey Normandeau has accepted the position of Head Coach of the Diamond Dogs Freestyle Team. Normandeau was a coach at Sugarbush for several seasons under the leadership of John “Smitty” Smith, who recently departed to spend more time with his growing family.

The Sugarbush Ski & Ride School has also announced two new programs for adults that will make it easier to participate in the learning process. Essential Elements: Black Diamond Club invites skiers and riders who spend their time on black diamond trails to fine-tune their skills and tactics on the mountain’s expert terrain. The program meets each Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM from February 8 to March 1 and costs $360.

The second new program is Essential Elements: Breakthrough. This program focuses on skiers and riders who are comfortable on beginner and easier intermediate trails who are looking to take their skiing and riding to the next level. The program meets each Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM from January 4 to January 25 and costs $360.

For more information on the ski school, please visit or contact John Bleh at 802-583-6814 or