Wall of Fame
Similar to a Hall of Fame, Sugarbush’s Wall of Fame seeks to recognize some of the most significant contributors to the Sugarbush experience from 1958 to the present.
The Sugarbush Wall of Fame recognition will be awarded annually to those who have made a significant contribution to “cultivating a spirit of lifelong adventure and camaraderie among Sugarbush staff, guests, and the community.” The Wall of Fame Review Committee met in late February to review those nominations submitted for the Wall of Fame.
After much discussion, Wall of Fame inductees for 2019 were decided and are as follows: Darian Boyle, Dave Gould, Marit Tardy, and Wayne McCue. In addition, the Review Committee established a Founders category for this inaugural year. The Founders Wall of Fame inductees are as follows: Damon and Sara Gadd, Jack Murphy, Lixi Fortna, Peter Estin, and John Roth
Wall of Fame Inductees for 2019
Boyle attended Green Mountain Valley School and went on to become a World Champion in Skiercross and pioneer in women’s free skiing. Though she’s traveled the world for the highest level of skiing competitions, she always returns to her home mountain of Sugarbush, where her family has been coming for decades. In addition to being a frequent presence on the mountain for various marketing initiatives, Boyle is a lead coach in the Sugarbush Ski & Ride School’s Bush Pilot program.
Gould joined the Sugarbush Ski & Ride School in 2000. Over the years he coached in the Blazer Program and the Black Diamond Club, and was one of the most sought-after private instructors. Gould was a ski school trainer, and filled several supervisory roles. He also worked at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club. Gould pursued a life of happiness in the outdoors with his wife Sandra, and his many friends. He passed away this past January from cancer.
Tardy joined the Sugarbush Day School in 1975. This winter marks her 44th consecutive winter at the mountain. During her time at the center, Tardy has cared for thousands of employee, guest, and local children in the Mad River Valley. In some cases, she has cared for three generations of a single family. To watch Tardy in action in the nursery room is a humbling experience for most, especially new parents. Her contribution to the many families of the Mad River Valley has been immense.
McCue, known by many as “The Mailman” because of his day job back in Massachusetts, has been skiing at Sugarbush since 1974. He’s also earned the moniker “Mr. Castlerock” because he’s the only person to have skied in every Castlerock Extreme at Sugarbush since its inception in 1997. His best finishes are second and third place and he has been featured on the covers of The Valley Reporter, Vermont Ski + Ride, and the travel section of USA Today. McCue’s dedication to skiing at Sugarbush has made an indelible and meaningful impression on his family.
The Founders Wall of Fame
Damon and Sara Gadd
Damon and Sara Gadd founded Sugarbush in 1958 after moving to the Mad River Valley four years earlier. The Gadds were initially Mad River Glen skiers, but set out to create a different type of resort. The Gadds and their small team took an innovative look at ski resort development: they installed an enclosed Italian-built gondola—the first of its kind in the United States; opened one of the first on-mountain après-ski bars, the Wünderbar; and founded an international ski school. The Gadds’ Sugarbush earned a reputation for attracting the New York glitterati to a remote area of Vermont.
Murphy founded Sugarbush alongside the Gadds, acting as General Manager after serving in the same capacity at Mad River Glen. Murphy helped create the original master plan for the resort, installed lifts, designed and constructed trails, and ushered in revolutionary snowmaking, grooming, and safety procedures. His tenure lasted until 1982 when he passed away from cancer.
Fortna, a Czechoslovakian-born lawyer, was Sugarbush’s office manager. She was the “right hand” to Murphy and Gadd—selling tickets, answering phones, doing the books, and counting the money—and served in that capacity until 1982. She and her husband Trodd raised two children, one of whom was an Olympic skier, and owned and operated the Golden Horse Lodge on Sugarbush Access Rd. After Sugarbush, Fortna went on to serve in the Vermont House of Representatives.
Estin was Sugarbush’s first Ski School Director and was one of the original founders of Ski Club Ten. Also Czechoslovakian-born, Estin graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a leading member of the ski team, and went on the win the Harriman Cup in Sun Valley, a precursor to the World Cup. Estin was instrumental in creating a ski school of international instructors which attracted the East Coast “jet set” to Sugarbush.
Roth used his land surveyor skills to help develop both Sugarbush and Sugarbush Village with the Gadds and Murphy. He was instrumental in designing the ski trails, the home sites, and the roads leading into Sugarbush Village. With his wife Ginny, Roth founded Roth Real Estate in 1961, and was involved in much of the development of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley.
A Wall of Fame Inauguration Celebration is planned for Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Friday evening will include a video presentation, storytelling, and live music in the Courtyard Room of the Gate House Lodge. On Saturday the celebration is planned for the Lincoln Peak base area and will include an awards ceremony, live music, and fireworks. Those selected for the Sugarbush Wall of Fame will be commemorated permanently on a wall in the Gate House Lodge.